Sarnia, ON Rowboat Accident and Drowning, Nov 1904


Four Passengers Drown in Storm on St. Clair River.

The rowboat of William Briggs, the night ferryman between Port Huron, Mich., and Sarnia dock and four men were drowned. Ferryman Briggs left the Port Huron dock with six passengers in his rowboat. A high north wind was blowing and a heavy sea was running on the river. The boat pitched and tossed on the waves until within about 100 yards of the Sarina dock. Then a heavy back swell from the shore suddenly capsized her. Ferryman Briggs, John Dobson, and engineer of St. Thomas, and Daniel Fisher, a conductor of Ridgetown, Ont., saved themselves by hanging to the boat, but the other four passengers were drowned.

The Iowa Recorder, Greene, IA 30 Nov 1904