Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Buffalo Gazette (Buffalo, NY), 15 Oct 1816
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Kingston, U. C. Sept. 14

Melancholy Circumstance. On Saturday last, the 7th. inst, the scow was coming from Adolphustown, at Barker’s ferry, to Sophiasburgh, with 11 persons, two men, three women; the other boys and girls had a span of horses and waggon on board. In consequence of the scow being leaky, and wind blowing fresh, she filled about mid-way of the ferry, when, melancholy to relate, four of the eleven were drowned,: viz, two sons of Mr. Blunt's, the ferry-men, the one aged 21, the other about 14; a son of Joseph Dorland, of Ameliasburgh, aged 11 years, and a young lad by the name of Snyder, aged 13 years. By the spirited exertions of Reuben Height, a lad of about 16 years of age, a son of Mr. Daniel Height, Mrs. Height, her daughter and two girls belonging to the house, were saved; the other girl, a daughter of the widow Trumpour, was saved by the timely assistance of Mr. Wessels with a skiff. The horses swam ashore and the wagon sunk, but has since been found they were the property of Mr. Height. Three of the bodies have been found and buried.

A steam boat has been launched near Kingston, U. C. to ply upon the British side of lake Ontario.

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15 Oct 1816
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.18342 Longitude: -76.78273
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.0755276903798 Longitude: -77.0898172265625
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Buffalo Gazette (Buffalo, NY), 15 Oct 1816