The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Chronicle (Kingston, ON), Wed., Nov. 27, 1839

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Melancholy Accident - On Monday morning last (18th or 25th), as the ferry boat from Long (Wolfe) Island was coming across to this port, having eleven persons on board, the wind blowing agale from the South-west, the boat upset and two of the passengers, Nathaniel Shannon, of Long Island, and his wife, were unfortunately drowned. It would appear there were twenty-five bushels of wheat, in bags, on board, and upon the vessel being struck with a heavy sea the wheat was thrown with some force to one side, which, it is said, was a great cause of her capsizing. On the accident being observed from the harbour, the crews of some of the schooners manned their jolly boats & proceeded, with the most praiseworthy expedition, to the relief of the sufferers, when they succeeded in rescuing nine of them from a watery grave, who were taken to Her Majesty's Dock Yard, where every attention that humanity could suggest was paid to them. Some of them suffered severely, but we are happy to learn that they are now in a state of convalescence.

The body of Shannon had not yet been found - that of Mrs. Shannon, it is said, never sunk. An inquest was held upon in, on Monday, at the Dock Yard, and a Verdict accordingly.

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Kingston Chronicle (Kingston, ON), Wed., Nov. 27, 1839