The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), Dec. 8, 1830

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p.3 Auction - The Steam Boat Toronto, together with all her furniture, will be sold at public Auction to the highest bidder on Monday the 13th inst. The sale to take place on board of the boat at 12 o'clock. Kingston, Dec. 1st, 1830.

We have been favored with the perusal of a letter from a gentleman, addressed to his friend in Montreal, and have copied from it the following particulars of an accident which occurred at the Long Sault on the 27th ult.

"Mr. C. Truax, the master of Messrs. H. & S. Jones' boat Argo, employed a barge owned by Mr. Geo. S. Bellows, of Ogdensburg, to lighten him over the Portage from Mille Roche. The barge had about six tons of merchandize in her; - when near the head of the Sault she slewed, filled and went under instantaneously, dragging three of the six horses with her. Burns, who owned the team, Truax and three Canadian were in the barge when she went down. The men were seen distinctly from the shore until they entered the large shute near the foot of the Rapid, where they disappeared, and no doubt was entertained but all of them were lost. A boat was immediately pushed off in the hope of picking up the bodies of the crew, but the individuals in the boat, on arriving at Shock's (Sheek's ?) Island, below the mill, were astonished to find that Capt. Truax, Mr. Burns and one Canadian were saved. The other two Canadians were drowned. But the preservation of Truax and the others was the most remarkable I have ever witnessed. They went from the head to the foot of this appalling Rapids, with no other support than one of the wash-boards of the batteau ! Perhaps an hundred persons saw them, without a possbility of rendering the least assistance, yet He "who holds the waves in the hollow of his hand," bore them up, and they are safe. This accident urges the necessity of an improvement of the St. Lawrence on the score of humanity, if interest will not induce the inhabitants of the Canadas to bestir themselves.

p.S. - Since the above was written, to the utter astonishment of all, another of the Canadians who was supposed to be lost has come in. He went through the whole of the worst of the Rapid on a piece of the bottom of the boat, and was picked up below Barnhart's Island, near Crab Island! It is now ascertained that but one man is drowned; he was the conductor of the barge and lived at Ogdensburg. The loss of property is very great, and was taken out of the Argo, and put into Messrs. Hooker & Henderson's boat Maitland." [Montreal Gazette]

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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), Dec. 8, 1830