Loss of the Stmr. Commodore Barrie.
Last Saturday night, about 9 1/2 o'clock, the Commodore Barrie, on her downward trip from Niagara, nearly opposite Presqu'ile, came in collision with the sch. Canada going up, and the former was so much shattered by the collision that she sunk an hour after in about 60 fathoms water. Capt. Patterson had kept his watch and turned into his berth shortly before the accident occurred, leaving the Barrie in charge of the mate, Mr. Laughlin, the former mate having staid at Kingston sick. The schooner in charge of her mate, the captain having finished his watch shortly before. The vessels (came?) on stem and stem, the schooner losing her cutwater, and receiving some damage to her bowsprit and running rigging.
The Barrie had 500 barrels of flour on board, but only 2 passengers.
Efforts were immediately made to stop the leak in her bow by (fastening?) blankets over it, but in vain. They ( ) threw overboard the flour that was forward, in order to lighten her there, and raise her bow, that they might get at the leak, but this also proved fruitless.
Finding that she was rapidly sinking, they were compelled to abandon her. The Canada brought the passengers and crew of the Barrie to Kingston. An American schooner, the North America, had also joined them, and she brought to Kingston the mate and one passenger of the Barrie. As the matter will probably undergo a judicial investigation, we abstain from any comments on the facts. The night was (cloudy?).
The new trial in the case of Ham VS McPherson & Crane, came on at the Assizes for the Newcastle District last week, and resulted in a ( ) verdict for the plaintiff.