The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Aug 1867

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The Propeller Magnet Sunk - No Lives Lost

On Tuesday evening the propeller Magnet, of Hamilton, Capt. F. Patterson, left this port on her way downwards to Montreal, and 12 miles below here, and about six miles above Gananoque, was struck while rounding the point of an island in the direct channel, by the American Express Line stmr. Bay State, and sank in less than 5 minutes. Both boats seem to have been running at their regular speed, and though all the proper lights were displayed, the watches on the boats do not seem to have seen them distinctly rounding the point until too late to prevent a collision. Capt. Patterson was in the saloon of his boat conversing with his passengers, of whom he had a few on board, including a couple of ladies, and rushed out to the deck but a moment before the strike took place. The bows of the Bay State penetrated the side of the Magnet abaft the engine, almost cutting her to the centre. The Magnet immediately began to sink, and a scene indescribable occurred. While the crew were working hard to launch the small boats, the ladies took to the mast, but the gentlemen passengers showed courage. The boats were successfully set afloat, and the passengers and crew taken on board, only in time to see the good old Magnet gradually sink, and finally plunge head first down to the bottom. She now lies in 60 feet of water, with her topmast four feet above the level. Nothing on board but life was saved.

The Bay State, which was only slightly injured in the bow, remained alongside, offering all the assistance in the power of her officers, who throughout acted most kindly to the shipwrecked persons. The boats of the Magnet, containing each a portion of the crew, were towed up to Kingston by the Bay State, which reached here at midnight, and passed upwards.

The collision cannot be attributed to carelessness, and purely is the result of accident. The Magnet is owned by Capt. Patterson and Mr. Proctor of Hamilton. She was insured for $8000 in the Phoenix, Western, of Canada, and the British American Assurance Companies, which amount will not cover the loss. Her cargo consisting of 5000 bushels of wheat, a quantity of flour, and general freight, shipped at Hamilton, was insured.

It will be impossible to raise the boat, but there are hopes of bringing the boilers and engines to the surface.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Aug 1867