Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Sept. 16, 1846
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p.2 On Saturday evening last a very lamentable accident occurred, by which 17 individuals were hurried into eternity. A number of the workmen employed in the erection of the Martello Tower on Cedar Island, got into a boat, after the termination of their week's labour, for the purpose of crossing to Point Frederick on their return to their homes. We understand the boat was a schooner's jolly boat, that would have been overloaded with 12 men in her, 23 of these unfortunate individuals, however, crowded into this boat and shoved off. A rather heavy swell was running through the narrow strait they had to cross, which on one occasion broke over the boat and wet those on the weather side of it; on the approach of the next wave a number of the men suddenly got up for the purpose of avoiding a repetition of their drenching. This movement occasioned an over due pressure on one side of the overloaded craft, which immediately capsized, bottom up; two of the men saved themselves by swimming, and four others by clinging to the boat until picked up. The remaining 17 were drowned. The following morning all the bodies were recovered, and from the circumstance of some of them being found fast clutched in the hold of others of their fellow sufferers, which even death could not relax, it is conjectured that many, but for this, would have been able to save themselves in a manner similar to that adopted by those who escaped. Fifteen of those drowned were married men and have left numerous families. It is said that no less than 72 children have by this accident been left destitute. Our contemporary the Whig states three other men were drowned on Monday while searching for the body of the eighteenth individual who was also supposed to have been lost, this is an error no such accident having occurred. It is also untrue that the wife of one of the men drowned, was so much affected on hearing of her bereavement that she went into fits and died in consequence. We give below the resolutions of a Public Meeting, which was promptly called to take measures for the relief of the Widows and Orphans left destitute by this most fatal accident. The Gentlemen appointed by the meeting to collect subscriptions throughout the city and environs, were all yesterday busily engaged in their humane exertions; which we are happy to learn, was attended with eminent success.
Accident Off Cedar Island - Public Meeting about same. [Whig of Monday]
Deplorable - man in fit of delirium tremens throws himself off schooner Sovereign and drowns. [Hamilton Spectator]
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- Rick Neilson
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