The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Nov. 27, 1839

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p.2 Melancholy Accident - On Monday morning last, as the ferry boat from Long Island was coming across to this port, having eleven persons on board, the wind blowing a gale from the South-west, the boat upset and two of the passengers, Nathaniel Shannon, of Long Island, and his wife, were unfortunately drowned. It would appear there were twenty-five bushels of wheat, in bags, on board, and upon the vessel being struck with a heavy sea the wheat was thrown with some force to one side, which, it is said, was a great cause of her capsizing. On the accident being observed from the harbour, the crews of some of the schooners manned their jolly boats & proceeded, with the most praiseworthy expedition, to the relief of the sufferers, when they

succeeded in rescuing nine of them from a watery grave, who were taken to Her Majesty's Dock Yark, where every attention that humanity could suggest was paid to them. Some of them suffered severely, but we are happy to learn that they are now in a state of convalescence. The body of Shannon had not yet been found - that of Mrs. Shannon, it is said, never sunk. An inquest was held upon it, on Monday, at the Dock Yard, and a Verdict accordingly.

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p.3 The Rideau Canal may be said to be closed for the season on account of the ice. We learn that there are no less than 30 loaded barges at Bytown which were on their way to Kingston when overtaken by the frost - and that several are also frozen in in other parts of the Canal. There are 16 loaded barges on this side of Kingston Mills, which will probably by the exertions of the Ottawa Company, be brought to this place in the course of the day.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Nov. 27, 1839