The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), May 15, 1833

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p.2 The Steam Boat United States, on her last trip up, in crossing from Kingston to Sackets Harbor, ran on a shoal extending into the lake, from the head of Grand or Long Island, about 12 or 14 miles from Kingston. Being at the time under full head-way, she ran hard on. The rock however being flat, she was got off, without injury, and pursued her voyage the next day.

We should not have noticed the occurrence but for the purpose of doing an act of justice to Capt. Whitney, of the Great Britain, and Capt. Paynter, of the William the Fourth. Both, as soon as they had a knowledge of her situation, came promptly to her aid. The William, after repeatedly applying all her power, and parting her cable, finding her weight not equal to the resistance, (being on her way up with little or no freight on board,) left her and pursued her voyage. But the Great Britain on her way down, with freight on board, after repeated attempts to obtain a sufficient hold on the boat, at length succeeded in getting fast to the timbers of her hull, and brought her off without difficulty. Too much credit cannot be given to Capt. Whitney for his noble and disinterested conduct on this occasion. On his way down the lake, with passengers anxious to get on, he went out of his route to her aid and spent the most of a day in the accomplishment of the desired object. Such conduct cannot be too extensively known or too highly appreciated.

The following resolutions on this subject, have been handed us for publication: At a Meeting of the Directors of the Ontario and St. Lawrence Steam Boat Company, at Ogdensburgh, May 6th, 1833, it was

Resolved - That the thanks of this Board be tendered to Capt. Whitney, of the Steam Boat Great Britain, and to Capt. Paynter, of the William the Fourth, for the prompt and efficient aid rendered by them in taking the Steam Boat United States off the reef at the head of Long Island, on which she had unfortunately grounded during her last trip. That this Board duly appreciate the kindness and liberality of feeling which prompted their efforts, and will hold them in grateful remembrance. That the Agent of this Company be instructed to tender to them, or to the owners of their Boats, such pecuniary consideration as they may be disposed to accept.

Resolved - That the Secretary of this Board be instructed to communicate these proceedings to Captains Whitney and Paynter, and to the Owners or Agents of their respective Boats.

[A copy] Edmund A. Graham

Sec'y Ont. & St. Law. S.B.C.

[Ogdensburgh Republican]

The Canal - Commissioner Macaulay of Kingston sent to the United States to get a loan to procede with canal work. [Cornwall Observer]

p.3 Coroner's Inquest - on Jonathan Pipes, the Master of a Durham Boat, and a boy who were drowned 9 miles below Kingston.

The Britannia - owned by D. Bethune, Esq., and commanded by Lieut. Smart, R.N. made her first trip to the head of the Bay of Quinty on Friday last, and returned on Saturday. The new Steamer is neatly fitted up, and possesses an Engine which propels her at the rate of twelve miles an hour.

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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), May 15, 1833