p.2 St. Lawrence Canal - This noble work is almost completed under the able superintendence of the Board of Works. Such is the state of forwardness of this great undertaking that the Chairman of the Board of Works intends to fill the canal on the 22nd instant, when it is said the Highlander will give a benefit in the shape of a free passage to the good people of Cornwall. [Observer]
The steam boat Vermillion was burnt at ( ) Lake Erie, about 1 o'clock on the morning of the 6th inst., and several persons were either burnt or drowned, among them a Mrs. Hoskins, of Kingston, Canada. Mr. Hoskins was saved. by ( ) of turpentine being spilled on the boat, near to the chimney and fire, which set the boat instantly in flames amidships. The passengers were asleep in their berths, but were soon awaked. The only way to the pier was from the bow, and the passengers were cut off from ( ) by the fire. Some of them jumped overboard. The boats were lowered, but one of them swamped. The fastenings soon burnt off, and then the boat drifted into the lake, and burnt down to the water's edge. This is the fourth boat burnt on Lake Erie, the others being the Washington, Great Western and Erie. The Vermillion was a good boat, worth about $50,000, no insurance.
Shipping - We have been at some little pains to ascertain the amount of shipping which has entered this port during the present season, in order to present our readers, and those who may be interested in our trade, some idea of the business transacted here in the shipping department. The result of our labor is the ascertaining the fact, that from the 1st of April to the 1st of Nov., inclusive, shipping employed in the carrying trade has entered this port to the extent of 708,196 tons! There are yet five weeks, perhaps six, of active business, before navigation closes, which will increase the business by one sixth. When to this is added the fact, that the present season has been one of increased depression, and that 1/5 of our tonnage has been for some time unemployed, the carrying trade which calls into action such a commercial marine, will not be deemed unimportant. In looking over the Quebec Gazette, we find that to the 28th ultimo, the tonnage of vessels arriving at that port from sea and from the lower ports, amounted to 308,792 tons. The contrast will speak most favourably for the commerce of our inland seas.[News]
p.3 Last Thursday night we had a severe gale. During the day a stiff breeze had blown from the north, with showers of snow. Near midnight the wind chopped round to the west, and blew a furious gale. Three barges and two wood scows were driven ashore on Point Frederick. The Princess Royal steamer, which left this port about 9 o'clock with the mail for Toronto, when not far from Presq'Isle broke her shaft, and had to run back under sail to Simcoe Island. We hear there are two schooners ashore on Gibraltar Point, having missed Toronto Harbor, and are total wrecks. One is American, and the other belongs to Messrs. Henderson, Hooker & Co. of this place. We shall doubtless hear of more loss from the upper lakes. The gale continued with but little abatement until Sunday night. On Friday it snowed all day, and again on Sunday night, but the weather is now fine, and the snow nearly gone.
In addition we have received the following account of the loss of the St. David:
On Saturday afternoon the passengers of the St. David arrived here by the steamer Prince of Wales. The St. David left Kingston for Montreal on Thursday about noon, and was driven on shore by stress of weather, at Howe Island, on Friday morning, together with five barges, heavily laden, principally with flour. The passengers left the boat about 1 o'clock in the afternoon of the same day, during a terrific storm of wind and snow, and after wandering through the woods the distance of about a mile, at length came to Mr. Cooper's log cottage, under whose hospitable roof they remained until Sunday, when they were relieved by Capt. Crysler, of the steamer Prince of Wales. At the time the passengers left the St. David, the sea was making a clear breach over the boat.
Cabin Passengers on board: Mr E. Stanley, Civil Engineer, lady and 3 children; Miss McDonough; Capt. Gildersleeve and daughter; Dr. Meilleur, Superintendent of Education, Canada East; Rev. P. Mackeleuf; J. Carro.
Tenders will be received at the Office of the Board of Works, Kingston, until Wednesday, 14th December, at noon, for enlarging about two miles of the Lachine Canal at the upper end, the Work consisting chiefly of Rock excavation.
The work will be divided into Sections of 220 yards each, and one or more Sections may be tendered for.
For further particulars apply to Mr. Charles Atherton, Civil Engineer, 18 Little St. James Street, Montreal, on and after Wednesday, 30th Nov. inst.
Sealed Tenders signed by two responsible sureties resident in the Provine, and endorsed Tender for the Lachine Canal, to be addressed to T.A. Begley, Esq. Secretary of the Board of Works.
T.A. BEGLEY, Secretary Board of Works.
Kingston, Nov. 14th, 1842.