The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Aug. 12, 1840

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[Western Herald Extra]

Sandwich, 5th August.

Yesterday afternoon, about 4 o'clock, intelligence was brought to this town of the bursting of the boiler of the Steam-Boat Erie, when about two miles above Amherstburgh, on her way from Buffalo. At the time the accident occurred, Raymon Baby, Esq., Sheriff of this District, was sitting with several ladies and gentlemen on the stern part of the boat, on the upper deck, and, obeying the first impulse of the moment, leaped overboard and swam towards the shore; one or two other persons did the same thing; a small boat, we have been informed, was immediately let down, which took up the other individuals, but ere it could reach Mr. Baby, melancholy to relate, he had sunk entirely out of view. Thus was this worthy young gentleman, in the full enjoyment of vigorous health and in the height of mirth and gaiety, hurried from time into eternity. This lamentable calamity has cast a gloom over the countenances, and saddened the hearts of a large circle of his friends and relations, from whom he had been separated only a few days, and who were hourly in expectation of his arrival among them.

Two persons, (firemen) were so badly scalded that they died a short time after the accident, and two others who were working their passage as firemen, were not expected to survive last night.

The Erie was towed up to Detroit by the Milwaukie; they passed this town about sun-down; and we obtained the particulars of the above from a young gentleman who went over to Detroit to obtain information on the subject.

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Rick Neilson
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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Aug. 12, 1840