The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), Nov. 1, 1832

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p.2 The steamer Niagara, the proprietorship of which has long been in dispute, has been carried off to the United States' waters by one of the parties, and is now in the Gennessee River. The other party have made application to the authorities of New York to give her up, but they have declined to interfere. [York Courier]

The steamer Colborne, whose launch on Lake Simcoe we lately announced, has, we exceedingly lament to say, been found incapable of navigating that lake, in consequence, principally, of her drawing too much water to make the different places on the shore which she was intended to visit. We learn that the machinery is to be taken out, and a new boat built. [York Courier]

Unfortunate Accident - Yesterday morning a melancholy scene was exhibited in the harbor of this place. A strong wind from the south east having prevailed during the preceding night, which towards noon increased to a regular gale, a very heavy sea was setting in from the Lake, through which with some difficulty the William IV steamboat, made her way to the pier, where under its lea, being in smooth water, she landed her passengers and goods in perfect safety. However on returning out again, her bow being towards shore, it became necessary for her to venture beyond the shelter of the pier and turn. By this time the wind had greatly increased, and the surf was tremendous, when just as she came broadside on with the trough of the sea, a wave struck her on the fore-quarter, and in an instant washed (as was supposed from the shore) two unfortunate men who were standing in the gangway, which did not appear to have been closed. The steamer's boat and another from the shore put off immediately, but owing to the great swell could not get near the spot in time to rescue them, and they accordingly perished. One body came ashore during the night, and was found early next morning half buried in the sand, nearly half a mile above the place where the accident happened. It has been recognized to be that of an Irishman, named James Demsey, just out from the Queen's County, where he is stated to have borne a very infamous character, having turned informer against his accomplices in a case of attempted assassination, where he himself was a principal. An inquest was held on the body yesterday before B. Ewings, Esquire, the Coroner - Verdict accidentally drowned. [Cobourg Star]

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Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), Nov. 1, 1832