The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Jun 1894

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Holding An Inquest.

The body of Champagne, one of the deck hands of the sunken prop. Ocean, was removed to Ogdensburg where an inquest is now in progress as to the cause of the disaster. The water where the sunken boats lie is in St. Lawrence county and therefore the coroner's inquest must be held in it and Ogdensburg is the most convenient point. Capt. Malcolmson, Engineer John Harrington, Mate Timothy Toupin and Wheelsman Joseph Houl, of the Ocean, were present. The mate and the wheelsman are probably the only ones who know anything about the collision, for the captain had turned in, and the engineer was, of course, in a position where he could tell little about the cause of the disaster.

The Kent lies in about ten feet of water forward and eighteen feet aft. It is probable that she can be pumped out, patched and raised, as her bottom is uninjured, yet forward she is crushed as though she had struck a jagged rock. There was not a dollar's insurance on either the Kent's cargo or hull.

The Inquest Adjourned.

Ogdensburg, N.Y., June 12th - The inquest of the Ocean collision has been adjourned until Friday. The evidence is merely conflicting, and the jury will probably be taken to the scene of the wreck before they render a verdict.



Capt. Towers, R. & O. N. Co. is in the city.

The str. Columbian cleared, this afternoon, for Chippewa.

Passed Port Colborne downwards: str. Ketcham, Chicago to Kingston, wheat.

Arrivals: str. Passport, Toronto; str. Corsican, Montreal; str. Rideau Belle, Smith's Falls.

The tug Nellie Reid has been placed on Davis' dry-dock for general repairs. She will ship a new wheel, and have her machinery overhauled.

J. Donnelly, sr., superintending the raising of the steamer Ocean, said yesterday that he would remove the cargo from the sunken boat and store it in Kingston.

The str. Pelerin arrived from Quebec today. She is enroute for Toronto where she will be used as a ferry boat out of Toronto. The Pelerin is the same style of a boat as the Richelieu only larger.

The permit having been refused for the str. Empire State to take passengers from Brockville, Rockport, Darling's and Gananoque to Kingston and Picton for the Rev. Mr. Young's excursion, Thursday, June 14th, and as the advertising matter has already been distributed under the natural supposition that the permit would be granted as heretofore, the entire trip will be made. The steamer will take passengers from all points as advertised and proceed up the Bay of Quinte as far as Picton showing all the magnificent scenery in that region, but no stop can be made either at Kingston or Picton. Mr. Young has arranged, however, to call at the American town of Clayton for half an hour on the way up.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Jun 1894