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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 19, 1873

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p.2 The Steamer Maud - The Watertown Despatch says: "The past season has been a successful one for this boat, - as usual, and the many passengers carried have invariably expressed themselves highly pleased with the superior accommodations afforded by this route over those of previous years."

A report having got abroad that the United States Lake Survey steamer Ada was supposed to be lost, we are glad to be able to state that she has arrived all right at Detroit, where she will be laid up for the winter.

Marine News

Port Colborne, Nov. 18th - Down - Schrs. Senator Blood, Detroit, Oswego, wheat; W.H. Oades, do., do.; props Lawrence, Chicago, Ogdensburg, gen. cargo; Prussia, Chicago, St. Catharines, wheat; Granite State, Toledo, Ogdensburg, gen. cargo; City of New York, Chicago, do., corn; schr. Ontario of Goderich, Kincardine, Oswego, wheat.

Up - Schrs. Princess Alexandra, John F. Mott, Blazing Star, prop. Empire, and schr. Westford.

At elevator - Steam-barge Tecumseh, Chicago, Pt. Colborne, wheat.

The Bavarian

The hull of the ill-fated steamer Bavarian was towed into harbour this morning by the tug Emma Munson. She was visited by large crowds of people, who evinced the liveliest interest in all the particulars of the disaster. The wreck presents a sad and dreary spectacle, all the machinery being twisted and bent in all directions. The cause of the disaster, the breaking of the walking-beam is plainly apparent - that immense mass of iron being still in the position in which it fell. The remains of the cargo, consisting principally of pork and apples, are still to be seen in the hold - some of the pork barrels being about half consumed, and large pieces of the meat scattered all over. The intense heat of the fire is seen in the way in which the large beams of wood are burned through and the iron smashed. The hull itself seems to be intact, but the paint has all been burned off. The smoke stacks and the boilers seem to be all right, and may be of use in rebuilding, but the greater part of the machinery will require to be new. The paddle wheels are totally wrecked, with the exception of one or two of the buckets. An attempt is to be made to tow her down to Montreal, but we fear she will have to winter in Kingston unless the ice goes off and leaves the canals open. The work of towing her down the lake was one of great difficulty, as she leaked badly, and two pumps had to be constantly at work. The steamer Norseman accompanied the tug part of the way down, during the prevalence of a storm, but fortunately her assistance was not required.

The Bavarian - The Inquiry

An investigation into the loss of the steamer Bavarian was opened Monday morning in the rooms of the Harbour Commissioners, before Mr. Risely, C.E., of Montreal, chairman of the Board of Engineers for the Dominion.

Mr. Henderson, first mate of the ill-fated steamer, being examined, deposed that at about eight o'clock on the evening the steamer was lost, while on deck, he heard a noise which he presumed to have been caused by an explosion, and saw the walking beam, which was thereby broken, fall into the body of the steamer, the latter was speedily in flames. He had a boat at once lowered, and into this the pilot, a Frenchman, and several of the crew sprang. He then ran across to the other side of the steamer with the intention of lowering another boat, but being deserted by the crew and assisted only by the second mate, Bradley, he found this to be impossible, and returning, pitched a boat into the water, the best thing he could do under the circumstances, into this which had already been touched by the flames, the second mate and himself descended, and as the boat, owing to the manner in which it was lowered had been almost filled with water, he set several men, who having thrown themselves into the boat, scrambled over its side, to work to bail out the water, which reached the seats. This they did and meanwhile he had called to the pilot, who was some 150 yards distant, to return, as they could save all on board. He is not certain that his call was heard, but at all events the pilot did not comply. After some delay, having rescued those who were in the water, they pulled towards shore, which was fifteen miles distant. He states that he did not see the ladies who were lost, and that the last he saw of the captain was at the supper table. It appears that there was some inflammable material on board and to this is ascribed the rapid progress made by the flames. The enquiry was adjourned until tomorrow, when counsel will appear for the officers and crew. Mr. McMaster appears for Mr. Ireland, City Chamberlain of Kingston, whose daughter was lost. Mr. Milloy, agent for the Canadian Navigation Company objected to his presence, but his objection was overruled. Mr. Risely is commissioned by the Government to conduct the enquete.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 19, 1873