THE WEST BRITON, 14 MARCH 1845
MELANCHOLY AND FATAL ACCIDENT
On Saturday last, a party of thirteen or fourteen persons were waiting at Holes Hole, a quay on the Devonshire side of the river Tamar, to go down the river in the new iron steamer "The Prince of Wales," which was advertised to commence running that morning between Calstock and Devonport, but which by some means or other got aground at Calstock, and did not go down the river until the evening. When the old steamer, "The Alert," arrived off the quay, on her passage down, she sent a boat to take them off; but when they came alongside, in consequence of their eagerness to get on board, they all stepped on one side, the boat upset, and the whole of them were precipitated into the water. We regret to add that five of them were drowned, and that three of the bodies, one woman and two men, are still missing.
On Wednesday se'nnight, JOHN B. ROWSE, late engineer of the "Prince of Wales," steamer, plying between this town and Calstock, was charged before WM. HUCHINSON, Esq., mayor, with having, on Saturday, the 5th instant, willfully and feloniously removed a part of the machinery of the engine, with intent to injure and retard the speed of that vessel, and bring her into public disrepute. Several witnesses were examined by Mr. Chapman, solicitor, on the part of the prosecution, and the prisoner was fully committed to take his trial for the felony at the ensuing quarter sessions for the borough. On Monday last the sessions were held, when the prisoner was tired, and found guilty. The recorder sentenced him to three months' imprisonment.