The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Aug 1858

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p.2 Excursion Up the Ottawa - 1/2 column from Ottawa paper describing sights, steamers, etc.


Narrow Escape of the Passengers & Crew

The steamer Telegraph, of the Cleveland and Port Burwell (Canada) Line, was run into by the schooner Marquette, about a quarter past twelve o'clock on Tuesday of last week, when some forty miles from Buffalo, bound for Port Burwell. It was raining violently, and the darkness was intense. The Telegraph's weatherbow was smashed, and she was otherwise so severely injured that she immediately began to fill. The passengers and crew had barely time to escape half naked to the Telegraph's two small boats. One or two of the passengers succeeded in saving some of their baggage but the most of them lost everything they had with them. The passengers and crew were tossed about at the mercy of the angry waves, the rain continuing pitilessly the while, for about two hours and a half, when the schooner Marquette succeeded in finding them and picking them up. They were well and kindly cared for by the officers of the Marquette, which vessel arrived in Buffalo with them early next morning.

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Aug 1858