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Comet (Owen Sound, ON), Friday May 28, 1852

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When our last number was issued, hope was still entertained that this vessel would be in a condition to be repaired, though at a considerable expense. Now however, all hope has vanished - her larboard side is destroyed, and the northern winds since her stranding, have made her an entire wreck. The Engineer, instead of going with the captain to the Bruce Mines, as was intended on leaving here a few days ago, on arriving at the Cape found the winds and waves making such sad havoc, determined to remain and save what he could.


We have great pleasure in giving place in our columns to the generous statement of the passengers on board the ill fated Belle at the time of running on Cape Crocker, as to the noble and seamanlike conduct of their worthy Captain M. McGregor, Esquire. This mead of praise he highly merits. To him it comes unexpectedly - being drawn up and signed at Sydenham, while he was on his way to the Bruce Mines, and will therefore be duly appreciated;-


We the undersigned persons, having , been passengers on board of the steamer Belle, en route from the island of Manatoualing to Owen Sound, in Georgian Bay, do hereby testify and subscribe the following;-

That on the 16th day of May instant, about 4 o'clock P.M., a strong breeze commenced to blow from the north-east, and continued to blow until about 8 o'clock, when it lulled, at which time the weather became very thick and foggy, and continued so far the entire night. So dense was the fog that any object could not be perceived at a greater distance than half the boat's length; and that at about 10 o'clock the vessel struck on what was ascertained, on the following morning, to be cape Crocker, or which is sometimes called Cape Montressor.

We further state and testify that the commander, Captain Alexander M. McGregor deserves the very highest praise for his courteous and gentlemanly conduct to us whilst under his care as passengers aforesaid; and for his coolness, decision, activity, and masterly conduct as a seaman and commander, in the hour of danger; and that we consider it an act of justice to publicly tender to Captain McGregor and his manly crew, our hearty acknowledgments and thanks for their conduct on the occasion referred to above...

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Bill Hester
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Comet (Owen Sound, ON), Friday May 28, 1852