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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), June 23, 1840

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p.1 Examination of Lett and Defoe - about attempted burning of steamer Great Britain. [Oswego Herald]

p.2 From the letter of a friend in the Royals, we make the following extracts, given a graphic account of the Regiment's late journey from this city to their new quarters at London, U.C.:

[Montreal Gazette]

London, U.C., May 30, 1840.

The Royals reached this by two divisions, from Montreal, on the 15th and 16th instant, having experienced in the short space of a fortnight, every variety of season and climate, from December to July - from Siberia to the Torrid zone. The first part of the route, from Montreal to Kingston, usually traversed by the Rideau in four or five days, occupied nine, and was marked by a succession of tantalizing delays and misadventures, sufficient to try the "Royal" temper and patience to the utmost. The embarkation at Lachine was accomplished amidst a dazzling rain. At St. Ann's, a gale was encountered, during which the steamboat Ottawa, after failing in towing up the barges drove from her anchors, and well nigh escaped destruction in the rapids, the Captain and all the crew but one man being employed ashore! - here there was a detention of thirty six hours. At Bytown, again, another provoking delay of two entire days occurred, there being no steamer in readiness to take the boats in tow; had the weather, however, been at all favourable, this, instead of an annoyance, would have been a source of considerable gratification, from the opportunity afforded of enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Chaudiere; but snow, sleet, rain and wind, and an unspeakable depth of mud, left the officers and ladies no alternative but to make the most of the pleasures of a country inn; and sent the still less fortunate soldiers, with their wives and children, a steaming saturated mass, to the holds of the crowded batteaux.

The steamer Hunter at length arrived, with the 85th going down; and from Bytown, the progress, though slow, was uninterrupted, except by the tedious lockage of a long line of boats, altogether twelve in number. The weather was generally cold, wet and cheerless, but this was, perhaps, in harmony with the wild, and at this season, dreary scenery of the Rideau.

At Kingston, the Regiment, all but one Company, embarked on board that splendid boat, the William IV, and after a fine run of 24 hours, landed at Hamilton, in the first cheering blaze of sunshine, on Sunday, 10th May......

Launch of Beaver - at Marine Rail Way. (see Chronicle June 24th)

p.2 A new steam boat called the Beaver was launched from the Marine Rail Way on Saturday afternoon.She is intended for the Canal trade, and is built on a new plan, being shaped something like a fiddle, having no wings, but contracted in the middle to admit the paddles, and the cabins are the whole width of the boat. By this arrangement there is a great deal more cabin room, and of course more accommodation for the passengers. - And from the width of the hull she draws but little water.

The Ontario is now plying on the river between Kingston and Dickenson's Landing, in connection with the Brockville.



The Undersigned hereby notify the public, that they will not be accountable for any loss, damage, or injury whatever, of or to any Produce, Goods, Wares, or Merchandize, entrusted or delivered to them, or any of their Agents or Servants, at any of their Establishments, for the purpose of transportation on board of any Steamer, Schooner, Barge, or other Craft, occasioned by Fire, Storm, Shoals, Fog, or any other dangers of the navigation, or by the Queen's enemies, or by any other accident not already mentioned, unless the same shall be caused by their wilful and gross neglect, or that of their Agents, Masters, Crews, or Servants; neither do they hold themselves responsible for any loss or damage by fire or otherwise, to any Goods or produce delivered as above, while the same are in their possession, either in their Warehouses or elsewhere, either after the same shall have been received and before shipment, or after being unladen and before delivery to Consignees or Owners, or at any intermediate period, but that the same while so in their custody, shall be entirely at the risk of the owners, unless such damage or loss shall have been occasioned by any negligence as above stated. With regard to insurance, if the owner wishes to protect himself from loss by fire or otherwise while property is in store with them, he must cause insurance to be effected upon the same, but being once shipped on board of Boats for Lower Canada, the Subscribers will (unless specially directed to the contrary) effect insurance or take the risk thereon, against the dangers of the navigation, at the charge of the Owner; but on property from Lower Canada, they will not in any case effect insurance, unless instructed to do so by the owner or his agent.

The undersigned take the present opportunity of also notifying all whom it may concern, that, in consequence of the unprecedented accumulation of property of all descriptions at Kingston, having exhausted all the available and safe means of Storage in the place, and rendered exposure to the weather, as well as considerable detention to property unavoidable, and having during the present season suffered by almost all deck Loads of Lake Craft, they will not hold themselves liable for any loss or damage to property arising from any of these causes, but only where it can be clearly shown to have happened while on board of their Boats.



H. & S. JONES,



Kingston, 20th June, 1840.

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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), June 23, 1840