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John Simpson (Schooner), dismasted, 1 Oct 1841

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Schooner JOHN SIMPSON, dismasted in a storm, steamer EXPRESS refused to help. (condensed)
      Kingston Chronicle & Gazette
      October 23, 1841

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      On Friday, the 16th ult., as the schooner "JOHN SIMPSON" of Whitby, was on her passage from Oswego to Kingston, and soon after leaving the former port, she encountered a heavy gale, in which she lost both her masts. The "EXPRESS" steamer passed by at the time, and though within forty rods of her, paid no attention to the signal of distress from the unfortunate schooner. We leave it to the public to judge of such cold-blooded and heartless conduct. [The above we clip from the Kingston Chronicle and Gazette. So far from its being true, it is cruelly unjust to the captain and owners of the EXPRESS; and had the editor of the above paper been at all acquainted with the facts, he never would have given place to this slander. We happen to know a little about this matter, and we rejoice that we do. We could see from our windows the vessel above referred to, and supposed her to be in distress; and a short time after, the EXPRESS, then lying in port, (although the weather was very rough,) went in pursuit, to render any assistance that might be required. When she found that the vessel was going at a rapid rate towards her destined port, with no apparent injury except the cap of her mainmast being carried away, she returned, and not till then, the conduct of the EXPRESS, instead of being censurable, was highly creditable, and praiseworthy.]
      Oswego County Whig
      Friday, November 5, 1841

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Reason: dismasted
Lives: nil
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.795555 Longitude: -77.905555
William R. McNeil
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John Simpson (Schooner), dismasted, 1 Oct 1841