The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Oct 1867

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p.2 The Collision of the Rochester - The following are additional particulars of the collision of the steamer Rochester and schr. Belle, on the lake near the Ducks on Saturday morning last at two o'clock, in bright moonlight weather:-

The steamer Rochester was steering in her usual course to Oswego, when the look-out discovered on the starboard a black schooner bearing down at full speed, apparently going at the rate of twelve knots an hour. She was then not far off from the vessel, and directions was given to the wheelsman to change the steamer's course so as to avoid the schooner. The orders were obeyed, but according to the statement of the look-out the schooner also changed its course, and in a moment or two more struck the Rochester at the forward gangway, making a complete wreck of the forward part of the saloon, tearing away over twenty feet of the guard in length, and plunging into the middle of the deck, some part of the schooner's rigging making a deep indentation into the deck as high as the promenade deck. The wheel house was torn to pieces and the wheelsman knocked down, but he bravely stuck to his post until the danger was over. The room of the assistant engineer was torn to pieces and so was the state room of the purser on the promenade deck, both of whom were in their berths at the time, and their escape from instant death is almost a miracle. Such was the damage to the steamer that the Captain determined to put back to Belleville, at which port he arrived on Saturday forenoon. A portion of the rigging of the schooner is on board the Rochester, and from its description some have supposed the schooner to be the Belle of Hamilton. Immediately after the collision she was hailed by the steamer but made no reply, and nothing has been heard of her since.

-Notice - Kingston & Cape Vincent Ferry - because of low state of water in canal, ferry has to go around Island. G.M. Kinghorn.

-Canal Superintendent - rumor that Samuel Woodruff to be removed. [St. Catherines Journal]

p.3 The Magnet - on way to Montreal.

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Oct 1867