The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston (Steamboat), sunk by ice, 1 Nov 1834

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STEAM BOAT ACCIDENT.---The steam boat KINGSTON, from Kingston for Belleville, now lies sunk at the mouth of the river. On her way up, the KINGSTON had to cut through a great deal of ice, when near Hallowell, and is is presumed that there she received the greatest injury; however when she approached this port she again encountered ice, and her bows were stove in, and in five minutes she sunk. Disasterous as this accident is to property, yet with all there is cause for gratulation. At the time she went down she was in shallow water, had she filled but a few minutes sooner, there is litle doubt but that every soul onboard, and there were a great many passengers, would have perished. And had it not been for the presence of mind of Mr. John A. Gordon and others, who immediately perceived their danger if the steam was not allowed to escape, knocked off the steam cocks, and thus gave vent, the boilers would have exploded, and in such a situation, it is difficult to say what would have been the loss of lives.
      Cobourg Star
      Wednesday, December 3, 1834

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      STEAM BOAT ACCIDENT. - The Steam Boat KINGSTON, on Lake Ontario, had a hole cut in her by the ice, in the Bay of Quinte, when she filled and sunk in 12 feet water.
      Buffalo Daily Star
      Monday, December 15, 1834

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Reason: sunk by ice
Lives: nil
Remarks: Raised
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.16682 Longitude: -77.38277
William R. McNeil
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Kingston (Steamboat), sunk by ice, 1 Nov 1834