The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Times & Journal (Oswego, NY), Tues., Oct. 6, 1868

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Appalling Calamity -
Propeller Perseverance Burned On Lake Ontario -
Fourteen Lives Lost.

The propeller Perseverance, Capt. John Fitzgibbons, of the Welland Railway Line, took fire fifteen miles off Pultneyville about two o'clock this morning, and burned to the water's edge. The fire was discovered by the Engineer who shouted to the first mate, who was on watch, and almost before they could realize the appalling fact, the propeller was completely wrapped in flames.

Two of her boats were on fire before they could be reached, but the third was launched and put off with the two mates, two men and a boy. There were nineteen persons on board, fourteen of whom, including the Captain, perished in the flames.

The propeller Enterprise, of the same line, was about 15 miles astern of the Perseverance, and she picked up the boat containing the persons above named, and arrived with the survivors this afternoon. The Enterprise remained near the burning steamer till daylight, at which time the wreck was still afloat, when she resumed her journey. The captain's son, who was first mate, is among the saved.

The cargo of the Perseverance consisted of 10,147 bushels of corn, for T.S. Mott, and both boat and cargo were insured, but for what amount we can not learn. Neither, at the time of writing, can be ascertained the names of the lost.

The Perseverance was a first class propeller and was employed wholly in the grain business between this port and the Welland Railway. This is one of the most heart-rendering calamities which has ever occurred on the lake, and has cast a shadow of gloom over the whole community. Capt. Fitzgibbons formerly resided in this city and was well known and much respected here.

Later - Since writing the above we have obtained the names of the lost and surviving as follows:


John Fitzgibbons, Captain; Michael Fitzgibbons, son of the Captain, Steward; Alexander McArthur, First Engineer; Charles Mason, Second Engineer; Andrew and James Patrick and Henry Scott, Firemen; Dolf Biznet, Wheelsman; four deck hands, French, names unknown; Mrs. Davis, a widow and daughter, Cook and Cabin maid.


Morris Fitzgibbons, son of the Captain, First Mate; Wm. Thorp, Second Mate; Peter Lego, Wheelsman; Patrick Lynch, Porter, and one deck hand, French, name not ascertained.

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Oswego Times & Journal (Oswego, NY), Tues., Oct. 6, 1868