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Belle Isle Strait, NF Steamer CANADIAN Wrecked, June 1861

THE STEAMSHIP CANADIAN LOST.

COLLISION WITH A FIELD OF SUNKEN ICE.

TWENTY OR THIRTY LIVES LOST.

St. Johns, N.F., Friday, June 14.
The Montreal Steamship Company's screw-steamship Canadian, Capt. GRAHAM, which sailed from Quebec on Saturday morning, June 1, for Londonderry and Liverpool, struck on a field of sunken ice, eight miles south of Belle Isle, on the 4th inst., and sunk in thirty-five minutes.
One hundred and eighty-one persons were saved in boats and landed on Cape Bauld, from whence they were brought into this port this morning by a French bark.
From twenty to thirty lives were lost, including six cabin passengers, but as the ship's papers went down in the sinking ship, it is as yet impossible to tell the exact number drowned.
A portion of the mails were saved. Among those drowned were the mail officer and the second officer of the steamer.
The Canadian struck the ice under her foremast, and her three compartments were all broken in at once; whereupon she filled rapidly, and soon went down. The ice-field did not attract much attention when first discovered, as it looked small, and was scarcely above water. The steamer was going at slow speed at the time she struck.
The Canadian had 49 cabin and 71 steerage passengers, which, with her crew of about 60, made nearly 200 souls on board.
The following is the list of cabin passengers:
From Quebec -- MR. HUTTON, wife and daughter;
Rev. MR. GLEASON; MRS. CRESER; MR. McCAUL and child; MISS CAMPBELL, MRS. CAMPBELL; MRS. NOBLE and child; MR. BRADY; MR. McKAY, of Montreal; MR. GAULT; FRED. ASHLEY; MR. GORDON; MR. NORRIS; MR. J. BRANDON.
From Toronto -- MR. DAZLEY; MISS BIRD; MISS ARDAH; MISS HOLT; MR. ARDAH and lady.
From Hamilton -- J. YOUNG; MR. THOMPSON.
From Chicago -- S. H. MAYHEW; G. W. MAYHEW; A. HEATHCOTE.
From New York -- JOHN HERSELEY.
From Portland -- T. S. SYKES and wife.
From Clarenceville -- MRS. McFIE; MR. McFIE.
From New Orleans -- S. R. SCOTT; A. R. HARRISON; MR. GILMOUR, wife and two children, and servant; MR. R. W. DEAN.
From Cincinnati -- GEORGE RATHBONE.
Returning to England -- MISS PLOW.

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