The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 29 Jun 1857

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Toronto, June 26th

1st. The Jurors empannelled to enquire how, when, and by what means David Honeyman, Frances Bibeaud, John Brennan, John McGill, Catherine McCrea, and Elizabeth McGill, came to their death, do upon their oath say, That the parties aforesaid, from the effects of certain injuries, received by the explosion of the boiler of the propeller Inkermann, at the harbor of Toronto, on the 29th day of May, 1857, did die.

2nd. That said explosion was created by the introduction of spirits of wine, oatmeal, and salammoniac into the boiler of the said propeller Inkermann, by Doughany, then Engineer in charge. The introduction of the aforesaid substances causing the water to foam, and consequently indicating the presence of more water than it really contained.

3rd. That the introduction of such substances into any boiler for the purpose of stopping leakness, is highly hazardous, and in our opinion, ought by special Act of Parliament, to be prohibited.

4th. That the owners of the said propeller Inkermann, are highly censurable for allowing the vessel to run, knowing at the same time that the boilers leaked so much as to be detrimental to the getting up of steam, and therefore inducing their engineer Doughany, to take such steps as to the best of his knowledge and experience as would stop said leak.

5th. That in order to avoid a like catastrophe in future, the jurors aforesaid recommend, that a board of engineers be appointed to examine and decide as to the qualifications of persons presenting themselves for the office of engineer; and also for the examination of all engines and boilers, no matter in what way or for what purpose used.

James Leishman, Foreman.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 29 Jun 1857