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Syracuse Daily Star (Syracuse, NY), June 21, 1847

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Fearful and Fatal Accident

The Editor of the N.Y. Tribune, writing from Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Under the date of June 11, says:

"A fearful casualty took place here yesterday- namely, the upsetting of a row-boat in passing down the rapids, and the drowning of three of the nine men who embarked in her. One of them was Dr. Hugh D. Prouty of Norwalk Ohio, here on a tour of observation, accompanied by his wife, leaving several children at home to mourn their sudden bereavement. Thomas Riches, Engineer of the Propellor Independence on Lake Superior, was another and William Flynn, an intelligent and worth laboring man, was the third. Among those who narrowly escaped death was Mr. Seymour, who represented this county in the last Legislature of Michigan. He had sunk to rise no more when an Indian who was fishing in the rapids, seeing a man's body at the bottom of a lucid pool, seizing a boat hook and drew him up. The others generally preserved themselves till assistance could arrive by clinging to an oar to the capsized boat. The bodies of the three who were drowned have not been recovered.

At the time of the accident occurred, the boat was careening at the rate of 30 miles per hour, when she struck a rock just under the water, and instantly capsized. The boat was unusually heavily laden.

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Richard Palmer
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Syracuse Daily Star (Syracuse, NY), June 21, 1847