The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), Aug. 2, 1832

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p.2 a terrible storm at Kingston; " his Majesty's Dock Yard, the Wolf, of 102 guns, was literally split through the middle; the props on which she was supported having yielded to the influence of the wind..." [Kingston Chronicle]

A very melancholy occurrence took place on Tuesday last, between the Coteau and Cornwall. The Neptune steamboat, having in tow nine durhams crowded with emigrants, was making her usual voyage, when an alarm that a man fallen from one of the boats was given. Every search was made for the jolly boat, but instead of being suspended from the stern, she was found lashed to the second durham boat in the line. By the time the hands had penetrated through a mass of emigrants, the unfortunate young man had sunk, but rising again, was visible for nearly ten minutes; during which time he was seen waving his cap to a distracted widowed mother, who relied upon him for her own support, and that of nine helpless children. The gentlemen, who reported this distressing scene to us, and were eye witnesses of it, describe the Neptune as being at the time under no command; the captain being absent, and no ostensible person in charge. When the boat reached the spot where the young man was observed to sink, they picked up the cap, made no delay, and returned. A similar casualty occurred the next day on board the William IV, but the conduct of the captain and crew upon that occasion, was beyond all description praiseworthy and prompt. [ibid]

The Union and Pumper steamboats ply regularly from Bytown to Kingston - the passage, it is expected, will in future require two days, from the facility which recent improvements on the locks have produced. [ibid]

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Rick Neilson
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Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), Aug. 2, 1832