The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
New York Illustrated News (New York, NY), May 21, 1853, page 330

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Burning of the Ocean Wave

Our sketch illustrates the recent destruction of the Ocean Wave, on Lake Ontario

The Ocean Wave took fire from her furnace, on her downward trip, off the Ducks, about forty miles above Kingston, on Saturday morning, about two o'clock. When the fire was first discovered, she was about a miles and a half from the shore, which she was immediately headed for; but so intense was the heat that the machinery gave out, and she was drifted to sea. The upper cabin was consumed in about fifteen minutes, and in about two hours the hull went down. Those saved were taken off by the schooner Georgiana. The Ocean Wave had on board fourteen cabin and nine deck passengers, besides four children and the crew, who swelled to number to about fifty, of whom twenty-two were saved.

Among the crew saved were Captain Wright and both mates; Thomas Oliver, the purser, both wheelsmen; the second engineer, Mr. Blackman; and a number of deck hands.

The following were among the passengers saved: Mr. Francis Kiah and wife, both of whom were burned, but not dangerously; Mrs. French, of Cornwall; the wife of Mr. Moore, of the Gore Bank, Hamilton.

Those three were all the females saved.

A small vessel on the way down sent a boat to the assistance of the ill-fated steamer, but the men being frightened, pulled away again. The schooner Georgiana then hove in sight, lowered a boat, which was manned with her mate and two sailors, and succeeded in picking up eighteen persons. In two minutes after the rescue, the wreck went down. She had drifted eight miles from the shore before she sunk. The captain, first mate, and one passenger reached the shore near the disaster, and the vessel brought the rest to Kingston.

The following is a list of some of the lost: Mr. Trumbull, first engineer; Julias Santers, bar-keeper; the cook of the steamer; Mrs. Donald; the nurse and three children of the cashier of the Gore Bank, Hamilton; three ladies, names unknown; Mr. Lyman B. Fiske, of the firm of H. S. Humphrey, of Ogdensburg. The whole number of lost is at least twenty-eight.

The progress of the flames was so rapid that it was impossible to launch any of the boats which were on board.

A propeller, called the Scotland, passed without rendering any assistance.

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Brendon Baillod
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New York Illustrated News (New York, NY), May 21, 1853, page 330