The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), April 22, 1840

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Steam Boat "Ontario". - We are truly concerned to announce the serious accident which this fine vessel has met with. The Ontario left this port, on Wednesday morning early, on her way to Prescott, previous to undertaking the descent of the rapids of the St. Lawrence. When about forty miles on her way, she broke the shaft, crank, beam and cylinder of one of her engines, besides sustaining injury in other parts of her machinery; the wood-work was not damaged in any way worth noticing. The weather, at the time the accident happened, was fine, and the lake not at all rough; so that the only cause of damage would appear to be some vital defect in the shaft. The paddlewheel was entirely lost - the first circumstance of the kind which has occurred on the lakes. The Hon. John Hamilton, the enterprising owner of the boat; Mr. Cayley, president of the Niagara Dock Company (where the engine was manufactured) and several workmen and other persons, to the number of perhaps fifty, were on board, but, providentially, no person was hurt. The Ontario returned here the same day, propelled by one paddle, and so fast did she prove, with this half-impetus, that, we are told, she outstripped the Commodore Barrie. The amount of injury is estimated at least £1,000; the loss of which falls on the Niagara Dock Company. The loss of time to the boat will probably exceed six weeks. This untoward event is the more to be regretted, as happening at the outset of the boat's career, and as interfering with the season's arrangements. - Toronto Patriot

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Peter Warwick
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St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), April 22, 1840