The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), November 16, 1843

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Accidental Drowning - We regret to state, that Mr. Thomas Duffin, lock tender at Lock No. 2, dry dock, below St.Catharines, was accidentally drowned on the 14th instant, by slipping off one of the gates into the lock; but what renders the circumstances still more distressing, if possible, is that if was witnessed by his agonized wife, without her being able to render the least assistance. An inquest was held, and a verdict rendered accordingly.

In this case the jury viewed it as a matter of deep regret that the lock gates are unprovided with "foot bridges," as no less than eleven deaths have occurred in consequence, it is believed, of this very reprehensible omission. This neglect in the old lock gates, will, we are happy to know, be remedied in the new, as there is to be attached to each pair of gates a substantial foot bridge, for the convenience and safety of those employed about the locks.

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Peter Warwick
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St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), November 16, 1843