The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), June 17, 1837

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p.2 Melancholy Fatality - Yesterday evening as the Kingston steamer was on her way downwards, and when opposite to the Rev. Mr. McDowal's house, near Fredericksburg, about eight miles above Bath, Mr. George Curry, the Stewart of the Kingston, lost his life under the following distressing circumstances. A boy having asked for a drink of water, Curry to whom the request was addressed, proceeded to draw a bucket of water. The boat was going at full speed and the bar of the gangway not being properly secured, the sudden jerk which the bucket received when "brought up" by the sudden tension of the rope to which it was attached, caused the barrier to give way, and Curry was instantly precipitated over the side. He clutched at the side of the boat, but not being able to procure a sufficient hold, he threw himself off as far as possible in order to avoid the wheels. The steam was immediately let off, but before the boat could be stopped she was nearly half a mile from Curry, who was swimming in the wake of the vessel. A small boat was immediately got out, and rowed by two men soon neared the drowning man, - he was sinking as they reached him. An oar was shoved out by one of the men - he made a feeble effort to lay hold of it - his hand slipped over the end of the oar, and he sank into eternity. The deceased was a fine industrious young man, he formerly had been a bandsman in the 79th Regt., and the deepest regret for his untimely fate is manifested by all who knew him.

Exploring Commission for the Ottawa, Lake Huron and Their Connecting Waters. - to send out two canoes to discover a navigable route.

- another letter to editor from A Forwarder responding to the last from Fair Play about the tariffs charged by forwarders.

p.3 Steam Boat Brockville - A Dividend has been declared to the order of those Stockholders of the Brockville who have paid up their second Instalments, payable at the Office of James Fraser, Esq. of Kingston, on and after the 15th inst.

Belleville, 13th June, 1837. D. Perry, Agent.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), June 17, 1837