The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), May 29, 1838

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p.3 Melancholy Accident - As the Commodore Barrie was coming into Port on Sunday morning last, two men were on the bowsprit chains, taking in the jib sheet. They were somewhat awkward in their work, and the mate stepped on the chain to stow the sheet. With this extra weight the chain broke, and the mate John Lang, and Malcolm Gilbraith were plunged into the water and were drowned; the other man seized hold of the figure head, and was saved. The vessel was stopped as soon as the accident occurred, and a boat was instantly lowered to save the two men; but before they could be reached they finally sunk. The spot was dragged with grapples for several hours, but the bodies have not been found.

On Saturday morning, two companies of the 34th Regt. arrived here from Montreal by the Rideau Canal. Thirteen barges were brought up that day by the Bytown and Margaret Steamers.

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Rick Neilson
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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), May 29, 1838