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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Jun 1857

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p.2 The Explosion of the Inkerman

The Inquest Again Adjourned - Shortly after two o'clock on Tuesday, the jury empannelled to inquire into the circumstances attending the death of the sufferers by the explosion of the propeller Inkermann on the bay on the 29th ult., reassembled at the City Hall, Toronto. The names of the jurors having been called over, the Coroner (Dr. Scott) stated that Captain Crysler, who was considered a material witness, had failed to attend to give evidence, although, as he (the Coroner) had learned, properly summoned. It would, therefore, be requisite to issue a warrant to enforce his attendance, and the jury would have the benefit of what he had to say nolens volens. It would, however, be necessary to adjourn the investigation to another day, as the jury could not at present have an opportunity of viewing the boilers. The steamer, although raised and floating, was so full of water, that the boilers, or the remains of them, were completely submerged. Mr. McIntosh, one of the owners of the vessel, had gone to Buffalo to procure steam pumps, and it was expected that in a day or two the water would be pumped out, and the hull in a fit state to be inspected by the jury. He (the Coroner) had also been in communication with Mr. Dickey and Mr. Currey, who would examine the remnants of the boilers, and the other remaining portions of the machinery, and from the statements they would then be enabled to lay before the jury, he had no doubt that they would be materially assisted in arriving at the real cause of this melancholy catastrophe. The jury were then discharged, and it was intimated to them by the learned Coroner, that when their presence was again required, a constable would duly notify them of the fact.

-Disasters by the Late Storm - (part) We learn that the three-masted barque Quebec, in the wind storm of last Saturday, sprung a leak when off the False Ducks, and was towed to the south side of Garden Island, where she sunk. The schooner Peerless went ashore near Four Mile Point. Efforts are being made by the tug steamer William IV to draw her off. Another vessel, name unknown, struck on the Snake Island Shoal, but was got off without material injury.... [News]

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Jun 1857