The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Herald (Kingston, ON), July 7, 1847

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On Monday the Steamer British Queen went over to Oswego with a large number of the inhabitants of Belleville, Picton, and other places, on an Excursion, for the purpose of witnessing the celebration of the 4th of July in that place. They were well received, and all went on swimmingly for the greater part of the day; but it was not so to continue. The free and enlightened citizens of Oswego it seems must have a row. A man who acted as pilot on board of the Queen, about a fortnight before, had given offence in that place, by running foul of a schooner. This was quite enough to cause Brother Jonathan to seek revenge. Accordingly some persons began a dispute with the man who a short time previously had committed the offence, demanding restitution for damage done to the schooner. The man refused, making use of some insulting language, and a fight commenced. The anchor and cable were cut away, and the rioters were proceeding to do further damage when the Steamer was obliged to leave the wharf and proceed homeward, leaving a large number of the passengers behind, who, of course, were innocent as regards any thing which had occurred.

There are many conflicting statements respecting the affair, but we believe the above is nearly correct.

The Excursion of the Hook & Ladder Company came off on Monday, as previously advertised. In consequence of the disappointment in the boat there was not as large a company as was anticipated; however, about 200 of the most respectable inhabitants of Kingston availed themselves of the opportunity of viewing the romantic scenery along the St. Lawrence. The Committee appeared to do everything that was in their power to make the party comfortable, and their exertions appeared to give general satisfaction....

A second case of imposition has recently been detected on board of the Steamer Sovereign on her way from Kingston to Toronto. The Toronto Colonist relates the circumstance as follows:

"We are sorry to find that, occasional instances of imposture, on the bounty of the Government, are practiced. An Irish family on the passage from Kingston, by the Sovereign, was so very ragged and filthy, that the Captain insisted on their being washed. While undergoing this process, a belt was observed around the body of the father of the family, which, on examination, was found to contain 43 sovereigns. These parties were travelling as indigent emigrants, receiving rations and free passages, at the expense of the Government. Captain Twohy at once made them pay for their passage up, and reported the case to the Emigrant Agent, on arrival at Toronto.".......

p.3 The Passport - Yesterday there was a large concourse of visitors at Lachine to witness the starting of the Passport, a new steamer to ply between that port and Kingston, belonging to the Hon. John Hamilton. We were unfortunate enough only just to arrive in time to see her start, and, therefore, can but speak generally. She appears to us, the great Quebec and Montreal boats excepted, to be by far the finest thing of her kind we have seen on these waters. She is built of iron, brought, ready for putting together at Kingston, from Glasgow, with one horizontal engine from Messrs. Ward and Brush's foundry in this city. Her motion was very easy, without any rolling, and, though we have not yet seen her log, it was evident, until the eye lost sight of her over the clear expanse of Lake St. Louis, that she was making amazing headway. We have not a doubt either of her swiftness or steadiness; and, we understand, particular care has been taken to give her a large surface of boiler plate in proportion to the section of her cylinder; that is, her boilers are large for the nominal horse power of her engine, which ensures safety and smoothness in working, favouring durability of boilers, from not exposing them to excessive heat and high drafts, and supplying the steam with regularity, and thus obviating the two most frequent causes of accidents in steamers. This fine vessel will at present go through the Beauharnois and Cornwall Canals, and will pass that of Lachine downwards, when completed, to this city. Her size is quite astonishing, and fully equal to any possible requirements of trade. We regard her being launched as quite marking an era in Canadian navigation; for, when vessels of 200 feet in length, and drawing, as she does, 5 feet water at stem, and six at stern, can pass through the whole extent of our internal waters, and towing barges of corresponding dimensions and still greater draft, it is obvious that no artificial constructions can prevent the St. Lawrence becoming every year more and more the main artery of the traffic of the West. Her accommodations for travellers are unequalled, we believe, on this route, and certainly the character of - no one on it can stand higher than that of her master, Capt. Bowen. [Whig]

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Kingston Herald (Kingston, ON), July 7, 1847