p.2 Ericson Propeller - A decked Barge, belonging to Messrs. Sanderson and Murray; calculated to carry 1000 Barrels of Flour has recently been fitted up at this place with one of these engines of 15 horse power. On the first trial the boat ran from 6 to 7 miles per hour and so satisfied is Mr. Sanderson of its capability, and adaption to the object intended that the Boat was immediately loaded, and he proceeded with it to Montreal yesterday morning. The machinery is very simple in its construction and occupies but a small space in the stern of the Barge, adding so little to her incumbrance that she will carry as much as formerly into about 100 barrels bulk; or nearly the original quantity, if the Mast Rigging and sails be laid aside. The Proprietors are about putting similar engines into two other Barges which they intend to have in operation in about 2 or 3 weeks.
These propellers are admirably adapted to Canal and river navigation and are destined to work material changes in the method of transport and add much to the Commercial facilities of the Country. [Brockville Recorder]
We are most reluctantly compelled to notice the complaints made to us against the Forwarders. We are aware that no contract has this year been made by the government for the conveyance upwards of the thousands that have landed at our Port; nevertheless the activity of the Emigrant Committee, and Agent, leaves little to apprehend, in regard to those emigrants who would have furnished with free passes. But it has been stated to us by many, after their return to Montreal, that they proceeded in the Forwarders' boats from hence, having paid their passage to Kingston, and that after having proceeded a part of the way they were set ashore, and left behind to live at their own charge until it might suit the convenience of the Forwarders to fulfil the remainder of a contract for which they already paid. We do not choose, at present to mention any names, nor have we, as yet advised any remedy but patience; if, however, we hear more of such cruel, as well as unfair proceedings, it will become our duty to expose the parties, and point out a more prompt remedy. [Montreal Transcript]
Melancholy Occurrence - while passing through locks at this place, a man from 67th Regiment drowns off barge on way to Kingston on Rideau. [Bytown Gazette June 11th]
The Buffalo Commercial Advertiser states, that the wreck of a schooner called the Highland Chief, which was lost with all on board, during a storm on Lake Erie 6 or 7 years ago, has been discovered on the Buffalo side of a place called Sturgeon Point. She was a staunch, new craft, built in Canada, and had a full cargo of produce on board. This is the first intelligence which has been received of the Chief, and of the fate of those on board, some eight individuals.
A. Manahan, M.P.P. for Kingston, was made Collector of Customs for the port of Toronto.