The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), Oct. 13, 1840

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p.2 We find that there was some exaggeration in the accounts given to us respecting the steamer Cobourg, in the gale mentioned in our last. The engineer tells us that he did not advise the Captain to run the boat ashore, and there were only four barrels of flour lost. The passengers were excessively alarmed, and their excited fears magnified the danger, but he did not think that there was any real ground for such alarm, as he had seen worse storms than that. He admits, however, that at one time, when he found it necessary to stop one engine, the boat leaning over so much that the pipes could not supply the boiler with water, and there was a risk of its exploding if not stopped, he found some trouble in getting the men to their posts again. It was doubtless this that induced the passengers to suppose that the engineer had given up the vessel.

The Village of Bond Head Harbour in the New Castle District, has been declared a Port of Entry and Clearance.

To the Editor of the Upper Canada Herald.

Sir, - The Press of the day is copying from the Toronto Patriot, that servile slave to the powers that may be, an article totally at variance with truth or justice, both of which I am certain every Briton wishes to see impartially dealt with.

In the first place, Mr. Editor, your confrere of the Patriot asserts that the admonitary part of Commander Drew's sentence was principally on a charge of neglect of duty, in not receiving the £500 drawn by Lieut. Clarke, his first Lieutenant, during his absence; but he carefully abstains from making any comment on the orders Captain Drew left with Lieut. Clark to execute, namely, the equipping of an American merchant steamer, the Daniel Webster, as a British war vessel - to use all possible despatch in preparing her for sea, as H.M.S. Toronto was unable to proceed, and the Lieut. Governor was most desirous to have a steamer at Amherstburgh, where an attack from the brigands was daily expected. How was all this to be done in a poor miserable part of the country like Dunnville, without the necessary sinews (Cash) being at my disposal, and he, the said Commander, absent five days, the ice forming in a narrow river, and the workmen demanding their daily pay, or else of necessity obliged to abandon me to seek their pittance elsewhere? Punctuality was the order of the day in that country, and if followed up more generally much less evil would ecrue to the public service in times like 1837 and 1838. But to the point: when I arrived at Dunville on the 17th November, 1838, there was not five cords of hardwood to be got in the village, or for miles around: - what was my only alternative under such peculiar exigencies? Nothing but to take the responsibility on my own shoulders, and draw on the Commissariat, which bill on presentation to Ass't Com. Gen. Scobel was immediately paid, and the officer returned on the 23rd, the morning after Commander Drew came on board, to whom I presented the money, but he declined accepting it. I then begged he would allow his clerk to take charge of it, and pay my checks, this he also refused, but still kept giving me orders to make purchases, and procure more shipwrights; knowing of course that these articles were paid for by me, and also all the men, (some forty or fifty) out of the public funds I had in my possession, which for some days remained in an open carpet bag. What was the result? A deficiency of course, which I was obliged to make good out of my private funds, amounting to £39 2s. 8d., for serving thirteen nights and days, and using my humble efforts to execute Commander Drew's orders. Who was in error, Mr. Editor, I shall leave the world and impartial judges to say.

Respecting the latter part of the facetious editor's remarks respecting all the rough sailors being in tears, as also the President, when Commander Drew delivered his mild, gentlemanly address, (which it certainly was,) I must say, being present, I differ most cordially. "The Crocodile" was at anchor close by, and I believe in her tanks plenty of water.

The observation respecting the prosecutor was impertinent in the extreme, and I am only surprised how any man dare to show such unblushing effrontery; but, Tom Dalton, we all in Kingston know you, and that right well; your penchant for snuff must have fuddled your brain.

I fear I have trespassed too long on your valuable columns. Most respectfully, Mr. Editor, I shall for the present close my article, and submit myself, yours, etc.

J.B. CLARKE, Lieut. R.N.

The new steam boat Henry Gildersleeve burst her boiler yesterday, while lying at Brown's Wharf, and 2 persons were severely scalded. [Toronto Mirror, Oct. 9th]

p.3 Tenders called for contract for 500 cords of firewood to be delivered at Kingston Dock Yard. Oct. 9th, 1840.

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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), Oct. 13, 1840