The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily Journal (St. Catharines, ON), Wednesday, Oct. 7, 1868

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The Late Disaster

One of the most melancholy disaster it has ever been our lot to chronicle is that given in our Extras of last evening and this morning. The Perseverance was a propeller belonging to the Welland Railway company, plying between Port Dalhousie and Oswego, N.Y., She registered 700 tons and had a carrying capacity of 22,000 bushels of grain. She was built by Louis Shickluna, of this town, in 1865, and was thoroughly staunch and seaworthy.

She left Port Dalhousie on Monday last at 2 o'clock p.m., with 20,132 bushels of corn, the cargo of the brig Dan Tyndale. She also had a barge in tow, loaded with 170,000 feet of lumber, the property of Mr. John McDonagh, of Thorold. There is no doubt whatever about the loss of the vessel, but from the statement of the captain's son, it is hope that the loss of life is not so great as reported, and that most of those reported lost will very soon turn up. The affair has cast a gloom over the community where Captain Fitzgibbons and some of the survivors resided are well known. The captain was a thorough seaman, a man thoroughly reliable, clear-headed in an emergency, - in shore, the right man in the right place. he leaves a wife and six children, three boys and three girls, to mourn his untimely fate.

His officers and crew were picked men, and just as good and reliable as any crew could be. We believe the vessel was insured for $32,000, her cost being $45,000. The cargo was also insured.

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Richard Palmer
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Daily Journal (St. Catharines, ON), Wednesday, Oct. 7, 1868