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Kingston Gazette (Kingston, ON), Sept. 8, 1818

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p.3 Duke of Richmond arrives on Steam Boat Charlotte.

Afflictive Providence

Drowned - On Tuesday evening last, the 1st inst., on going from onboard the Steam Boat Charlotte, Mr. Silas May, baker, aged 29 years. It seems the plank which was placed from the Boat, for the accommodation of getting on board, extended entirely across the wharf, so that in coming off, it being quite dark, Mr. May not suspecting any harm, walked off the end of the plank into the water....

To the Editor of the Kingston Gazette:


A melancholy accident happened at this place yesterday morning about 8 o'clock. The

Schooner George and Mary, from Kingston bound for York, came into this place, opposite to James Barker's Mills, in Ameliasburg. Mr. H.S. Conger, the Master, and one man belonging to the vessel, with five others.... got into a small boat in order to come on shore, to procure a supply of Provisions; the boat proved to be very leaky, and to add to the misfortune, a cork that had been placed in an auger hole in the bottom of the boat got out unperceived by any one in it.

The wind was not very high, but a considerable swell. When the boat reached within about 150 yards of the shore, the boat filled and upset. Mr. Conger, the Master, and the man belonging to the vessel, saved their lives by swimming ashore... (the others perished)

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Kingston Gazette (Kingston, ON), Sept. 8, 1818