p.2 The Launch - On Saturday last at 3 o'clock P.M., Mr. Weller's new steamer Forester was launched at Rice Lake, in the presence of hundreds of persons from the surrounding country. This spirited gentleman gave a splendid entertainment on the occasion, at which champagne and wines of every description were flying in abundance. We learn from some gentlemen who were present, that the Forester is a beautiful model, and that she will be ready for sailing about the 1st of August. [Peterborough Chronicle]
Narrow Escape - The schooner Argyle, Capt. Teal, came into port on Saturday evening in a crippled condition, having encountered a severe squall at 3 o'clock on the morning of that day, about 7 miles S.W. of Gravelly Bay. The squall first struck her aback, her foresail being in and jib partly hauled down, which it took instantly out of the bolt rope, leaving no other than her reefed mainsail, which was partly settled away; and in this condition was thrown on her beam end. After the squall, which lasted but a few minutes, was over, the passengers and crew took to the small boat and pulled to windward, in which direction a vessel was seen, which proved to be the schooner Tom Corwin, Capt. Case.
Upon being made acquainted with the situation of the Argyle, Capt. Case immediately ran down to the wreck, and while making arrangements to right her, the schooner Huron, Capt. Conley, was seen to the Southward standing across by the wind. Signals were made which brought her sufficiently near to learn the condition of the wrecked vessel, and upon the paltry excuse of having no teacles, and although being informed by Capt. Case that nothing was required but throat halyards, filled her topsail and stood away. While Capt. Case and his crew were rendering assistance, the Canadian schooner Chapman, Capt. Cannon, came up, and with the help of the crews, the vessel was righted and cleared of water by four o'clock, enabling her to reach port the same evening.
p.3 The steamer Frontenac has been withdrawn from the route between Kingston and Hamilton, for a consideration, leaving the mail line unopposed. Of course the price of passage has gone up again to its old point, after having been reduced to 10s for a cabin passage from Kingston to Toronto on the Frontenac's days, and 15s on other days. This competition was so ruinous that the proprietors of the mail line thought it best to come to terms with the Frontenac.
At a Meeting of the Directors of the Kingston Marine Railway Co., held on the 29th June, a Dividend of 3 per cent, for the six months ending 1st July, was declared, and will be payable at the office of the Company on and after the 15th of August.
CHAS. W. JENKINS, Secretary.
Kingston, 16th July, 1844.