The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 27, 1867

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The Propeller Wisconsin Disaster

The steamer "Watertown" has made two trips from Cape Vincent to Grenadier Island, to visit the wreck of the propeller "Wisconsin," but found no more of the bodies of the unfortunate passengers, though the search has been continued in the locality. The Coroner's Inquest was concluded on Friday at the Cape, and the Jury came to the conclusion that the deaths arose from the neglect of the passengers themselves to obey the captain's orders not to take to the boats. Nine of the bodies, which were laid out in the freight shed here, were buried at one time on Friday last, making the most mournful procession that ever passed through the village. The remaining five bodies have been forwarded to the care of their friends at Ogdensburg and other places. The subscription list to help relieve those of the passengers who were distressed through the disaster, has been freely signed at the Cape. Mr. Robert Chisholm, who lose so many members of his family through the calamity, (a wife, three daughters and a son), had the misfortune also to break one of his ribs by falling down the stairs of the hotel at the Cape. he is recovering, however, from the injury. Mr. Creed, of Potsdam, who lost three of his family, recovered $900 from the pocket of his wife's dress, her body being one of those recovered. He had been left almost penniless, and many of his fellow passengers were placed in the same condition. The watchman employed on the "Wisconsin" says he first saw the fire coming up around the smokestack at the back end of the boat, and further than this probably nothing known of its origin. The "Wisconsin" was valued at $20,000, insured for $15,000.

Coroner's Inquest. Coroner Shaw held an inquest on Friday last, at the head of Wolfe Island, on the body of a woman found dead on the beach. She was quite young and well dressed, and in all probability was one of the unfortunate who perished at the burning of the of the propeller "Wisconsin." The jury returned a verdict of "found dead." Mr. Shaw proceeded to Cape Vincent and acquainted the authorities there with the fact.

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Richard Palmer
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 27, 1867