The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), July 30, 1847

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p.2 On Sunday last, an inquest was held by John Stewart, Coroner, on view of the body of Biddy Macavray, an emigrant who had died that morning, about ten minutes after landing from the propeller Ericson. It appeared by the evidence that this woman had embarked at Montreal, on Wednesday, the 14th inst. The propeller had two barges in tow, the Otter and Onondaga, with 50 or 60 emigrants. Being incapable of making headway against a wind, she remained at Lachine on Thursday. At the Lake of Two Mountains, she got aground for four or five hours. Between Lachine and Bytown, where the vessel arrived on Monday, four emigrants died. Leaving Bytown, the steamer with two barges in tow, proceeded to Portland, where the captain waited a whole day for a person, as he says, of the name of Pease & Oats, from whom he had orders from his employers, Leavitt & Mair, to receive 1550 bushels of wheat. The steamer remained two days at Portland, and during all this time the woman Macavray was on the deck sick. Leaving Portland, the steamer arrived at Kingston Mills on Saturday, where she remained all night. On that night it rained heavily, and the promenade deck of the steamer being leaky, the woman Macavray as well as the emigrants on board, were exposed to the storm. The bread that the emigrants had received had become moldy. Had the Ericson come direct to Kingston in the usual time (four, five, or six days) the woman Macavray might have received medical aid and lived. In view of these and other circumstances, the jury gave a verdict that the said Biddy Macavray came to her death by being unnecessarily detained by the boat, and that said boat be forfeited as a deodant, placing on her the nominal value of £50. The boat remains in the custody of the coroner, and the Attorney-General has been written to on the matter. It will be seen whether a few bushels of wheat or the lives of Her Majesty's subjects, are considered , by the Government, of most value. [Kingston Argus]

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Rick Neilson
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Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), July 30, 1847