British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 20, 1844
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p.2 Melancholy Circumstance - Loss of Life - An Inquest was held last evening at Portsmouth (2 miles from Kingston) on the bodies of Miss Eliza Jane Trelaven and Mr. Joseph Bray, who were unfortunately drowned the evening previous. It appeared in evidence that on Thursday the deceased left Amherst Island about 8 o'clock P.M. in company with Mr. Walter Trelaven, (the young woman's brother,) and Miss Catharine Sinclair, daughter of Mr. Duncan Sinclair of this Town - they all embarked in a skiff heavily laden with Potatoes, and when three or four miles from home the wind rose, causing a heavy swell on the Lake. Having determined to put in at Portsmouth, they entered the mouth of the Bay about ten o'clock at night, and their skiff was almost immediately swamped by the cross sea rolling back from the long Pier which stretches across the harbour. The frail bark upset, and Miss Trelaven and Mr. Bray were not seen again by their companions. Mr. Trelaven supported Miss Sinclair till they caught hold of the boat, and their cries brought speedy assistance, by which they were rescued from the fate of their companions. The bodies of the deceased were recovered yesterday. The jury returned a verdict of "Accidentally drowned."
The lower end of Amherst Island lies about 9 miles from Kingston, and the Islanders frequently leave home in the evening to enable them to reach Kingston market early in the morning, and although frequently exposed to much danger, this is the first accident which has occurred by water for several years. [Chronicle, Saturday]
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- Rick Neilson
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Maritime History of the Great Lakes