Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Lord Sydenham (Steamboat), sunk by collision, 28 May 1843
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It is our painful duty to record one of the most melancholy accidents that have occurred on the waters of the St. Lawrence for many years. About 4:00 yesterday morning, the stms. LORD SYDENHAM and QUEEN came in collision in Lake St. Peter, and with so much force that we regret to say, they both sank, the latter in such a depth of water as to cause the loss of several lives. The weather was so extremely foggy, that as far as we can learn, that no blame can be attached to either party. It is impossible for us to give all the particulars of this melancholy affair, but we have heard one or two circumstances, that ought, for the sake of those interested, to be mentioned. A servant girl in the employ of Henry Pembertson, of Quebec, saved 2 of that gentlemans children, by placing them on her shoulders, and keeping them in that position for 2 hours, when an opening was made through the upper deck, and they were thus saved from drowning.
Several other ladies were also ln the water for nearly 2 hours, among the number were Mrs. Deval and Mrs. Chisholm, of Three Rivers. The baggage has, more or less, been injured; and the arrival here of many of the passensers, scarcely clothed, has given us the best idea of the loss incurred. -- Montreal Times.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      May 29. 1843

The Montreal Courier mentions a piece of heartless and coldblooded conduct which took place during the disaster to the two steamboats which came in collision and sunk in the St. Lawrence a few days since. One of the boats, the OUEEN, had with her, besides her own boats, 2 boats belonging to a raftsmen returning home. As soon as the steamers struck, 4 raftsmen took possession of a boat which was capable of carrying 40 or 50 individuals, and pushed off with it for shore. They were repeatedly hailed by those on board the steamer, and earnestly begged to come back to their assistance, but the selfish wretches were deaf to their prayers, and left them to their fate
      Buffalo Daily Courier & Economist
      June 5, 1843
      On raising the steamer QUEEN, which was sunk in the St. Lawrence a few days since, in consequence of a collision with the steamer LORD SYDENHAM, the body of a sailor, and that of a waiter, were found. A boy was known to have been drowned at the time of the collision.
      Buffalo Daily Gazette
      Tuesday, June 13, 1843

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Lord Sydenham (Steamboat), sunk by collision, 28 May 1843