The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
James McBride (Brig), suicide, 1 May 1856

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DROWNED. - A man named Wm. Corknell, a machinist, who has a family in Utica, jumped or fell from the bow of the brig JAMES McBRIDE, lying across the Creek, opposite the foot of Main Street, on Thursday evening, about 7 o'clock. He was intoxicated at the time, and sank almost instantly. The body was recovered in about 15 minutes by Policeman Mulhall and others. An inquest was held by Coroner Nott, yesterday morning, during which the following facts were elicited Corknell was rowed across the Creek and landed on the deck abreast of the brig. From the fact that he took some pains to go to the bow, it is supposed that he intended to commit suicide. He was an habitual drunkard and had once been examined on a writ of lunacy. A despatch was sent to his family, at Utica informing them of his end and that the body awaited their orders.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      May 3, 1856

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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 42.88645 Longitude: -78.87837
William R. McNeil
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James McBride (Brig), suicide, 1 May 1856