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Daily News (Kingston, ON), June 14, 1872

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p.2 Immigrants - 250 on str. Corinthian passed westward.


No further particulars of this disaster have reached us by telegraph, but Mr. Andrew Hayes who was a passenger by the ill-fated steamer, has favoured us with the following details: The steamer left Brockville at half past one on Tuesday afternoon, with about a hundred passengers, whose names are given below, and a full cargo. As she was approaching Grenadier Island, about 18 miles above Brockville, an alarm of fire was raised, and a scene of indescribable confusion ensued. In a few moments the saloon was filled with smoke, which rolled in dense volumes from one of the state-rooms amidships, and immediately above the engine-room. As many of the passengers as could, hurried down to the main deck, but the flames spread with such rapidity that a few were hemmed in, among them a few ladies, one of whom was the unfortunate Mrs. Dr. Jones, of this city. It was in attempting to descend from the hurricane to the main deck, by sliding down the post, that the deceased lady fell into the water. As there was no chance of extinguishing the flames Capt. Carmichael, who acted throughout with the utmost praiseworthy coolness and prudence, determined to run the vessel ashore. Owing to the shallowness of the water however, it was impossible to get within two hundred yards of the beach, and the passengers had to get ashore as well as they could, such as were unable to swim, by the aid of life preservers and floating spars. In such a moment of sudden peril, it would not have been surprising had those whose lives were hanging by a hair, lost all self-command; happily, however, the example and exertions of the officers had the effect of preventing a panic, which might have had deplorably fatal consequences. The scene from the island is described by an eye witness as having been truly terrific.

As we stated in yesterday's telegrams, the propeller Dominion, which passed shortly after the vessel was beached, took the passengers and crew on board and conveyed them to Brockville, where they arrived shortly after eight o'clock in the evening. On reaching Brockville, the remains of Mrs. Jones were conveyed to one of the principal hotels and the Coroner was notified. An inquest was held yesterday, and a verdict of "Accidental Death" returned. Yesterday evening the remains were brought to this city, and will be interred on Friday. The deceased was the widow of the late Dr. Thomas Walter Jones, and was a lady of sterling worth.

The following are the names of the cabin passengers: Mrs. A. Doherty and child, Brockville; Miss Vail, Guelph; Mrs. Hay, Coopstown; Mrs. Thorpe, London; Mrs. Carlisle, Montreal; Miss McConkey, do.; Mrs. Jones, do.; Mr. Cunningham and wife, Huntingdon; Miss Randall, do.; Miss Baptiste, Three Rivers; Mrs. Allen, Mrs. Leslie, Mrs. Hope and child, J.W. Parmenter, Gananoque; Thomas Paxton, Port Perry, Port Hope; Capt. Shannon, Ogdensburg; T.J. Hare, Ottawa; Z. Desjardins, J.P. Gardner, wife and three children; M. Larousie, H.J. Case, Burford; And. Hayes, Montreal; H. Ellis, Toronto, P.W. McEntyre, Montreal; Capt. Marley, Duncan Rankin.

The names of the deck passengers are as follows: Luke Lawrence, Wm. Irvine, Edward Vanneck, Jacob Dawson, Ed. Farley, Johanson, Swede; B. Anderson, Swede; Charles Reeve, Indian; Henderey Neilson, working passage; Jos. __, working passage.

The steamer was insured in the Citizen's for $32,000, of which sum three fourths had been re-insured in other offices in the following proportions: $8,000 in the British American; $8,000 in the North British; $5,000 in the Liverpool and London and Globe, and $3,000 in the Royal. As was stated in our telegram yesterday, the vessel is completely disabled and the baggage and cargo are a total loss. [Montreal News]

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), June 14, 1872