The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 25 Jun 1856

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p.2 The Buffalo Express says: "On Saturday night as the barque Fame, bound for Buffalo, was off the mouth of the Grand River, Canada, she was struck by lightning and a majority of her crew who were on the deck, were disabled by the shock. Not a mark is to be seen upon the vessel, indicating that she has been subjected to such an accident. The persons injured are Rufus Derby, 2nd mate badly burned on his wrist and leg; Francis Scott, severe burn on the thigh and hip; Peter Johnson severe burns on body and arm; George Branson, hand burned and swollen; William Kimball, leg and arm very badly burned. The barque rendered unmanageable by being deprived of the services of most of her crew, drifted about the lake until Sunday, when the schooner Melrose was spoken, from which vessel two hands were obtained, and the Fame was brought into port. That a vessel could have been struck by lightning and six of her crew suffered from the shock, without so much as a scorch or splinter to show that the subtle fluid had touched her is something wonderful.

Imports - June 23rd - Str. Passport, Ogdensburgh, 4 boxes chair stuff, T. McDermott.

Schooner Maize, Chicago, 15,570 bushels corn, C.S. Ross.

Steamer St. Lawrence, Montreal, 1 box, Rev. E. Bower.

Str. Bay State, Oswego, (gen. cargo).

Exports - June 23rd - Schr. Sarah Bond, Oswego, 150,000 feet sawed lumber.

Scow ____, French Creek, 28 head cattle.

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 25 Jun 1856