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St. Lawrence River, QB Steamer MONTREAL Disaster, June 1857
Quebec, June 27
The steamer Montreal, touring between Montreal and Quebec, left this port at 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon having on board near 500 passengers, of whom a majority were Scotch and other emigrants who had recently arrived from Europe.
Nothing unusual occurred after leaving the wharf until the Montreal rounded a point off Cape Roegue, about ten or fifteen miles above this city, when the wood work near the furnace was discovered on fire. Almost the very moment the smoke was discovered, the flames burst forth causing the utmost consternation among the crowded passengers. Every effort was made to arrest the flames. The boat was stopped so as to lessen the draft, but finding it impossible to save her, Capt. RUDOLPH ordered her to be run towards the shore. The wildest confusion and despair pervaded throughout the ship, and many of the passengers threw themselves overboard and were in most cases drowned.
Fortunately the steamer Napoleon, also bound for Montreal, was but a few miles in advance of the burning boat.
As soon as the fire was discovered she put back with all speed and succeeded in rescuing from the burning wreck, 125 passengers. Capt. RODOLPH and the passengers of the Montreal, were amongst those who threw themselves into the river, they being excellent swimmers succeeded in reaching the steamer Alliance and were saved. It is quite possible that others may have saved themselves by swimming, but, as the steamer was becoming unmanageable, some, no doubt, found a watery grave.
Sixteen of those saved died within a short time after reaching the deck of the Napoleon. It is believed the total loss of life by this terrible disaster will not fall short of 300 to 400. The steamer Alliance arrived here this P.M. with 45 dead bodies and another boat is known to have recovered 60.
Names of the lost not yet known excepting MR. PHILLIPS, of the firm of Noreruss & Phillips, Three Rivers.
The Montreal had on board 258 emigrants, recently arrived from Glasgow, together with several German families, raftsmen, and several American passengers.
Names of Saved:
ALEX CALDWELL, 18 months old.
JAMES GILCHRIST, about 4 years old.
Ladies' Maid of the Montreal.
MME. PREVOST, Maid of the Montreal.
JAMES McDERMIT, boot boy of the Montreal.
KATE and JESSIE LAURIE, about 6 years old.
CATHERINE CLARK and daughter.
MARGARET McALLISTER and three children.
MARY M'LEAN and son.
MRS. MARGARET DIXON.
MRS. MARY BLOOMFIELD.
DAVID WILSON and one boy.
WILLIAM DOUGLASS, 14 years old.
JOHN CAMPBELL and MARIA CAMPBELL.
JAMES and JEANNETTE LAURIE.
MRS. MARY PETTIGREW.
THOMAS P. WALKER and wife.
Servants of J. GREENSHIELDS.
Names of Persons Supposed to be Lost:
MR. and MRS. CALDWELL.
MR. and MRS. LAURIE.
Four children of DAVID GILCHRIST.
MR. CLARKE and one child.
MR. J. McKENZIE.
B. E. WALLACE.
A son and niece of MRS. MARGARET DICKSON, who is saved.
Two children of MRS. MARGARET BLOOMFIELD, who is saved.
MRS. DAVID WILSON and five children, husband saved.
MR. DOUGLASS, father of WILLIAM, who is saved.
MRS. DOUGLASS, and a sister of MR. DOUGLASS together with six children.
MRS. CAMPBELL, mother of JOHN and MARIA, and two sisters.
MR. and MRS. LAURIE, parents of JAMES and JEANNETTE, who are saved, and a girl.
MR. WYLIE, husband of MRS. JANE WYLIE, and three children.
MR. and MRS. McALLISTER, parents of ARCHIBALD, who is saved, and a child.
MR. NICHOLSON, father of WILLIAM, who is saved.
MICHAEL BRENNAN, waiter.
HUGH McLEAN, with two children.
R. WILSON and two sons.
JAMES WATSON, son and daughter.
MARIE LONE SQUARE.
JOHN GRANT, steward of the JOHN McKENZIE'S
MRS. COLIN SINCLAIR.
JAMES McQUEEN, son and daughter.
MRS. MARY HUNTER and five children.
SERG. BROWN and wife.
MR. O'BRIEN, Toronto.
MRS. MAXWELL, wife of JAMES MAXWELL, saved, and three sisters.
MRS. McBETH, wife of ALEXANDER McBETH, saved, and a child.
MRS. WILSON, wife of ROBERT WILSON, saved, and one child.
JAMES COLQUHOUN, son of COLIN CAMPBELL, who is saved.
MRS. LACHIAN, wife of JOHN LACHLAN, who is saved, and five children.
MRS. McKENZIE, mother of CATHERINE McKENZIE, five sons and two daughters.
MR. CHRISTIAN, two boys and two girls.
A sister of ANDREW ADAMS who is saved.
Daily Milwaukee News Wisconsin 1857-06-28