The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), Thursday, May 15, 1861

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The Steamer Comet Sunk. - The steamer Comet, which left Kingston Tuesday night for Toronto, collided with the schooner Exchange, near Nine Mile Point Light, and sunk in forty feet of water. Two lives were lost. The schooner sustained but slight damage.

A strange fatality has attended the Comet ever since her construction, some sixteen years ago. She became noted for accidents, and her passengers and freight were never secure. Her machinery was often "on the break," or the vessel herself on a shoal that the public grew to distrust and avoid her. Finally, in 1851, she blew up in our harbor , and the terrible scene is yet fresh in the memories of those who witnessed it. If we remember rightly, eleven lives were lost at her explosion.

Afterward, she was overhauled, refitted and rechristened, and with the name of the Mayflower, drove for many years a prosperous business on the Lakes. Only a short time since, needing slight repairs, occasion was taken to give her old name again. She had worn it but a few days when she broke from her moorings in Kingston harbor, and sustained damages to the amount of several hundred dollars; and now she closes the list by being sunk. Her loss this time is about $20,000. She is said to be fully insured.

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Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), Thursday, May 15, 1861