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Bulletin (Collingwood, ON), October 18, 1882

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Coroner Crookshanks, of Barrie closed on Thursday and the jury found the following verdict ;

We the jury empanelled to enquire into the death of Isaac Lecarte and others found dead in Georgian bay, after duly considering all the evidence laid relating to the matter find as follows;

"1 The said Isaac Lecarte came to his death from exposure and exhaustion while escaping from the steamer Asia, which foundered on the 14th of September , 1882.

"2 That the loss of the Asia was due to an unprecedented storm which prevailed on Georgian bay on the 14th of September last and through narrow judgement on the part of the captain in leaving Presqu'Isle with the reading of the barometer so exceedingly low.

"3 That the Board of Steamboat Inspectors are indirectly to blame for the loss of lives in not notifying the Collector of Customs at Collingwood to detain the Asia until a new certificate was granted or refused her.

"4 We also find from the evidence produced that the Asia was in a good state of repair, and as far as repairs go seaworthy.

"5 From the evidence produced we do not consider the old Welland canal style of propellers suitable for lake navigation, on account of their bluffness fore and aft, causing them to draw water after them, thereby rendering them difficult to steer in bad weather, especially on the local routes, where the quantity of freight varies from one to three or four hundred tons. We also condemn them for the slightness of their construction, and the height of their upper works.

"6 We also condemn the practice of granting certificates to steamboats to carry more passengers than they have life-saving apparatus for, and recommend that all passengers steamers be compelled to carry life-boats and life-rafts sufficient to save all the passengers and crew they are allowed by law to carry, and would also strongly recommend that all captains and mates of all vessels steam and sail, be subjected to a strict examination before they be allowed to hold such positions.

"7 In conclusion, we would suggest that, as far as practicable, a list of passengers from the principal ports of embarkation be kept on shore"


OWEN SOUND, Oct, 12 - The Asia disaster is still uppermost in the minds of many of our citizens, all are anxiously awaiting the return of the tug-boat Kendrick, which was sent out to search for bodies and wreckage from the ill-fated vessel. Several strangers are here looking for the remains of their friends who were passengers on the Asia. Among them who are here are Mr. A. T. Bledsoe, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Mr. R. N. Gravin, of Limehouse, Ont. Mr. Bledsoe is looking for the bodies of Mr. & Mrs. W. H. Woods, and Mr. Gravin is looking for those of Mr. and Mrs. Kerr and their seven children.

The steamer Africa, of the Owen Sound Despatch co's line arrived here early this morning and amongst her passengers was Mr. John TenEyck, of Morley, who has been fishing off Lonely Island. As soon as the Africa arrived Mr. TenEyck was interviewed. He says he met the tug-boat Kendrick near Lonely island for bodies, the captain going around the island in one direction and himself in another .The captain's party saw a pile of fresh dirt and stone a short distance inland, and upon going up to it discovered that the body of a woman had been secreted there, not buried.

The party examined the corpse, and found it to be the body of a full-grown woman. It had been stripped of all jewellery, excepting a narrow black bracelet. The pocket of her dress was cut, and a pocket book rifled of its contents was found nearby in the bushes. They examined the underclothing, and found the name of Mrs Woods on the corset and on the stockings. The party again covered the body, and went to the lighthouse that is situated upon the island. The lighthouse keeper said the body was found on Sunday, Oct. 1st but he had not reported it to anyone. The tug left Lonely Island for this place on Tuesday at noon, and as it has not yet arrived it is supposed that other bodies have been found, and possibly the body of Mrs. Woods taken on board .

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Bulletin (Collingwood, ON), October 18, 1882