The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 May 1856

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p.2 Frightful Collision - Steamer Northerner Sunk - On Sunday night, about 11 o'clock, the steamer Forest Queen, Capt. Woodworth, bound down from Pointe aux Barques - collided with the steamer Northerner, Capt. Cole, from Cleveland for Saginaw, about 4 miles above the Fort Gratiot Light, and one mile and a half from the American shore. The Forest Queen struck the larboard bow of the Northerner, some 25 feet from the stem, cutting her nearly asunder, and causing her to sink in about 6 minutes. The Forest Queen sustained but slight injury, confined entirely to her stem.

Immediately after the collision Capt. Cook alarmed the passengers in the cabin of the Northerner, while Mr. Kelsey, the clerk, aroused those below. Capt. C. then jumped onto the bow of the Forest Queen - the two boats hanging as it were, together for two or three minutes - and succeeded in getting a large number of the passenges off the sinking vessel. As the boats separated, he, with others, got out the small boats. By the almost superhuman exertions of the officers and crew of both steamers, the passengers - all of them, it is hoped - off the Northerner were saved. The only person known to be missing is her second engineer, Peter Moore, of Cleveland. It is possible that some of the passengers are lost, but none are known to be so. The trip sheet, etc., were not saved. [Detroit Free Press April 29th]

The Steamer Europa - The attention of our readers is directed to the advertisement of the fine new steamer Europa, of the Independent Express Line, between Brockville and Toronto, in connection with the Grand Trunk and Great Western Railways. This vessel is one of the finest and fastest on Lake Ontario, and is most superbly and commodiously fitted up. She leaves Kingston three times a week, at a very early hour in the afternoon, and every information about her can be obtained of Mr. Putnam on the Atlantic Wharf.

The Quickest Arrival from Montreal - The mail steamer St. Lawrence, Capt. Maxwell, arrived from Montreal at half past twelve, having left Lachine the day previous at 1 o'clock.

Imports - May 5th - Str. Napier, Cape Vincent, (gen. cargo)

Str. Cataract, Oswego, (gen. cargo)

May 6th - Schr. Ontario, Ogdensburgh, 3 boxes hardware, L. & Turner; 1 box, 6 pair springs, R. Clark; 50 boxes glass, Fraser & George.

Per Scow, Cape Vincent, 316 bundles sheet iron, Walker & Berry.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 May 1856