The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Gananoque Reporter (Gananonque, ON), Aug. 7, 1875

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About noon on last Saturday, the well-known steam tug, Joe Mac, the property of Seymour, Gardener & Co., of Ogdensburg, passed upwards from Brockville with a schooner in tow. When near the Five Mile Light House, the propeller East, which has for some time plied on these waters, was noticed to be gaining rapidly on the Joe Mac, although she had also a schooner in tow. At this time the captain of the Joe Mac states he was on the North side of the channel, and noticing that the East was coming up at the same side he deemed it prudent to cross over more to the South side to get out of her way. It seems, however, that this movement had not the desired result, for presently the East struck the Joe Mac on the starboard quarter, near the stern, completely capsizing the little craft, and cutting her tow loose. The East at once reversed her engine, and was in turn run into by the Joe Mac's tow, which smashed some of the East's upper works, and producing a scene of great confusion. The Joe Mac sank in a little over a minute after the collision in about 70 feet of water, leaving the crew to swim for their lives. The captain of the East did not give any assistance to the men struggling in the water, but the crew of the schooner, which she had in tow, put out a boat and saved them. One of them who could not swim must have certainly drowned but for the gallantry of the engineer of the sunken craft, who risked his own life to keep his comrade afloat until help arrived. The East we understand belongs to Montreal. [Monitor]

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Rick Neilson
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Gananoque Reporter (Gananonque, ON), Aug. 7, 1875