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Kingston Herald (Kingston, ON), June 16, 1847

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p.2 Direct from the Atlantic - The beautiful Canadian Yacht Alice, belonging to the Hon. H. Killaly, arrived at our wharves yesterday, direct from Montreal, bound to the Sault Ste. Marie. Her intelligent owner, who is on board, has been engaged in the survey of the proposed Canadian Canal around the Sault, and is now going up on business connected with the (min ) enterprise.

This is the first vessel that has ever reached Lake Erie from the Ocean. When she arrives at her destination, she will be thousands of miles from the Atlantic, at a point accessible by water a few years since, only to bark canoes carried across traverses and around falls. She is but the herald of full freighted vessels that in a short time will carry their cargoes unbroken from the shores of Europe to the extremity of Lake Michigan. What commercial wonders will not the improvement of the present age effect. [Detroit Daily Advertiser May 27th]


The Steamer Chesapeake and Schr. J.F. Porter Sunk

Buffalo, 12 A.M.

We are indebted to Mr. H.K. Jerome of the steamer Cleveland, J.L. Edwards, Master, for the following brief particulars. About one o'clock yesterday morning an unfortunate collision occurred between the steamer Chesapeake and schooner J.F. Porter, near Conneaut - the steamer bound up with passengers and merchandize, the schooner bound down with a full cargo of wheat and flour. The latter sunk in eight fathoms of water, and the crew were saved by getting on board the Chesapeake, which made for Conneault Harbour - she unfortunately sunk, however, about two miles out.

The passengers and crew were picked up by the steamer Harrison, about four hours after the disaster. The number of lives lost are not ascertained; but reports say three of the crew are missing. Mr. D. Folsom, of Cleveland, is probably lost.

After the Harrison left, the Cleveland came down, visited the wreck, and would have rendered all the assistance she could, had any person been discovered floating on planks or doors; but none could be found.

The Passport - The fine new Iron Steamer the Passport, owned by the Hon. John Hamilton, underwent a trial trip on Tuesday last. She proceeded from Lachine to the mouth of Beauharnois Canal, in 64 minutes and returned in 50 minutes - the distance is say 17 miles, which proves her to be superior in speed to any of the Boats on the upper waters.

The Passport is truly a splendid specimen of Steam-boat architecture; and is fitted up in the most elegant manner, with large state-rooms, containing berths for 175 passengers - her dining saloon will accommodate 100 persons at a time - her engine is about 80 horse power and was built by Messrs. Ward, Brad [Brush] & Co. In about a fortnight, we understand, the Passport will be put on the Montreal and Kingston line, where she will run with the Highlander, the Canada, and the Gildersleeve. It is, however, not quite decided whether she will not be employed in running between the head of the Lake Ontario and Montreal or Quebec for which route she is well adapted. [Montreal Herald]

Steamboat Collision - The steamers Admiral and William IV came into collision in Toronto Harbour, the latter in consequence losing her wheelhouse and being otherwise damaged. The Admiral seems fond of "boarding the enemy." [News]

We are informed that on Friday evening last, the Rev. M. Harris, Miss Harris, and Mrs. Thom, in crossing the Rideau Ferry on their way from Brockville to Perth, were placed in a somewhat perilous situation. It appears that the scow in which they were crossing, with the carriage and two horses, after having pushed out, from the shore, began to sink, owing, we understand, to its own bad construction and the boisterousness of the weather; and it was alone by the timely and praise-worthy arrival of two of Mrs. Campbell's daughters in a boat to their rescue, that the parties were saved from the dangerous situation in which they were placed. The horses were saved from drowning by the harness being cut from them, and they left free to swim ashore. The scow, with the carriage and some other articles, sunk some distance below the Ferry; but it was expected that they would be found and got out. We regret to say that no small blame rests upon those who have charge of the Ferry for not being provided with a more safe and seaworthy scow than they have now in use, for ferrying with. We hope that this accident will inspire greater vigilance in providing against danger in all time to come. [Perth Courier]

p.3 To the Editor of the Kingston Herald.

Demorestville, June 7th, 1847.

Sir, - Being in Kingston 'per chance' I had an opportunity of seeing the last Herald, in which I read a Communication, over the signature of A.G., and dated Picton, May 31st, containing charges against the steamboats on the Bay of Quinte, for irregularities in starting from Kingston, etc.; that demands some notice. Now I conceive that according to his own showing, the whole difficulty complained of, the whole difficulty complained of, lies with A.G. himself, who did not make the necessary enquiry to ascertain at what hour the Prince of Wales left Kingston this year. This neglect was the less excusable in an A.G. because he lives in Kingston. I cannot see why the Public should be dissatisfied with the Prince of Wales starting at 5 o'clock in stead of 6 o'clock. Some persons are fond of finding fault.

But the Queen Victoria steam boat comes in for a share of the censures of A.G. He makes a positive charge of fraud against the steward of that boat, for exacting one shilling and three pence, above the regular charge, from a young man, who was passenger from Bath to Picton. I was present when Captain Barry called the attention of the steward to the charge, and I heard him tell the Captain that the charge was false. I believe the truth of the matter to be that the young man spoken of, delayed the payment of his passage, until the boat was coming up to the wharf at Picton, when he was to land; and it appeared that he was not so much disappointed in paying too much as he was in paying at all. At all events if the steward were capable of doing anything of the kind, the young man could have had redress, by referring to the Captain who would have gladly have attended to any great cause of complaint, and have dismissed too, any of his subordinates who would be capable of practising such an imposition. I have travelled less or more on all the Boats on the Bay, for the last twelve years, and I am bold to assert that I have never travelled on a steamboat in any place, where there is so little to offend the sight or the ear, to give cause of complaint in any way, as on the Queen Victoria steamboat. The popularitiy which she has deservedly obtained during the short time of her being on the Bay, is the best refutation of such a charge, and is also the best proof that the public are able to appreciate the worth of such a man as Captain Berry, whose mild, condescending, and gentlemanly deportment to all, make him I believe, a general favorite.


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Kingston Herald (Kingston, ON), June 16, 1847