Kingston Chronicle (Kingston, ON), June 28, 1822
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p.3 On Saturday night last the Schooner Lady Maitland had the misfortune to run foul of the Steam Boat Frontenac, about 17 miles above this place, as the latter was on her way to York. The Schooner was coming down the lake under a press of canvas with a fair breeze, the night was very dark, and the watch, which is always kept at the bow of the Frontenac, had scarcely caught a glimpse of the Lady Maitland, when the two vessels came in contact with a very severe shock, which stove in the larboard bow of the Schooner, and caused her instantaneously to fill. The water indeed rushed in so rapidly that it was with difficulty the passengers could get on deck, and the Steam Boat was accordingly obliged to turn about and tow her into this harbour. It was rather fortunate that the vessel was laden wholly with flour, for had there been any ballast, or ashes on board, she would have sunk at once, and have probably carried down with her all the crew and passengers. The cargo consisted of about 600 barrels of flour, which are all more or less damaged. About 40 barrels were forced overboard by the violence of the shock. We have not learnt whether blame particularly attaches itself to any individual on this unfortunate occasion. We think, however, that it should be a caution particularly to the small craft, to guard as far as possible against such accidents by establishing a watch at the forecastle. The periods when the Steam Boat leaves each port are well known, and therefore the Schooners ought always to be on the alert at such seasons. It must indeed be generally easy for them to avoid injury for the Steam Boat is a large body on the water, and the illumination created by the myriads of sparks continually escaping from the smoke funnels, added to the noise of her paddles, ought always to give timely warning of her approach.
We are sorry to observe that the Lady Maitland is seriously damaged, and also to learn that the master was so unfortunate as to lose the account books of the vessel, which were carried off by the sudden rush of water into the cabin.
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- Rick Neilson
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