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Kingston, ON (Lake Ontario) Steamer OCEAN WAVE Disaster, May 1853

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THE OCEAN WAVE DISASTER -- PROBABLE LOSS OF THIRTY-SEVEN LIVES.

From the Toronto Colonist, May 3.
The awful catastrophe of the loss of the Ocean Wave steamer, and a number of lives, noticed Monday morning, has cast a gloom over the community. In endeavoring to gather further particulars of the dreadful affair, we have ascertained that the second mate, who succeeded in rescuing MRS. STEVENSON, and who was reported to have been afterwards lost, is among the list of those who were saved. The following lists show those that were saved and lost, of both passengers and crew, as far as we have been able to ascertain them, viz:
Passengers Lost --
MRS. McDONALD, Ogdensburg.
MISS McLENNAN, Cornwall.
MRS. STEWART, Toronto.
Three children of MRS. STEVENSON and nurse, Hamilton.
LYMAN FISH, Ogdensburg.
MR. MITCHELL, Pickering.
O. DOYLE, near Brockville.
M. RICHARDSON, (colored), Toronto.
Leaving three cabin and seven deck passengers missing, names unknown. Total 21.
Crew Lost --
J. FORSYTH, 1st mate, Ogdensburg.
JOHN TURNBULL, 1st engineer, Ogdensburg.
ALEXANDER SHIMMONS, steward, Toronto.
THOMAS FOLLARD, head waiter, do.
MISS GERRARD, ladies maid, Hamilton.
Also the bar tender, cook, and nine men, names unknown. Total 16.
Passengers Saved --
MRS. GEORGE FRENCH, Cornwall.
MRS. STEVENSON, Hamilton.
Captain KATH, Ogdensburg.
MRS. KATH, do.
THOMAS PERRY, do. Total 5.
Crew Saved --
Captain A. WRIGHT, Prescott.
THOMAS OLIVER, Purser, Ogdensburg.
GEORGE POTTER, second mate, do.
BAPTISTE MEIR, second engineer, do.
THOMAS FULLER, waiter, Toronto.

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Comments

A "Loss" of Life "at sea" on May 9th, 1853

My ancestor, Archibald Wiseman, age 40, is memorialized on a grave marker at the Old Town Burial Ground in Newburgh, NY, as having been "lost at sea" on May 9, 1853. I have no further details as to the circumstances of his becoming lost. but would certtainly be interested in knowing more about this.

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