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Kingston Herald (Kingston, ON), March 1, 1848

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March 8, 1848


(copied from Herald by Whig, March 11, 1848)

p.2 Fatal Accident - We deeply regret to have to record the death of Mr. Abbot, Sailing Master of the Propeller Ireland, caused by an accident of which the following are the particulars: On Wednesday 1st inst. Mr. Abbot was superintending the unshipping of a mast on board the steamer Princess Victoria now lying on the Marine Railway, and at the time the accident occurred was holding on to a rope attached to a stauncheon, by which means the mast was being raised from the hold on to the deck. On the mast coming on a level with the deck, the butt end suddenly started some few feet from its position, by which the stauncheon was unshipped, and the rope which Mr. Abbot was holding being consequently let loose, he was precipitated to the bottom of the hold, near which he was standing at the time. He was taken up senseless, in which state he remained until his death, which occurred on Friday afternoon, March 3rd.

Mr. Abbot was universally respected as a good citizen and skilful sailor. He had, previously to his coming to Canada, passed all his life at sea, and having safely passed thro' all the perils incident to that perilous profession, was thus bereaved of life by an accident as sudden as it was unexpected. Well may it be said "in the midst of life we are in death." [Herald]

March 15, 1848

p.2 letter to Editor about canals and trade with Oswego. (full column)

p.3 The Navigation - The steamer America will leave Toronto today for Rochester.

The Princess Royal is ready to leave Toronto as soon as the ice in the Kingston bay will be open. [Maget]


By the attention of a friend, we are put in possession of a copy of a memorial to His Excellency the Governor General, praying that His Excellency, in council, will be pleased to take into consideration the present state of Port Hope Harbor; and further, whether the Government should not assume the conduct of the same, and carry out the recommendations of the Provincial Engineers, Messrs. Fleming and Keeper, in the construction of a new harbor to the westward of the present works, (now in a state of dilapidation,) which the memorialists urge would be of incalculable advantage to Port Hope, and to those townships lying in close proximity thereto. The grounds on which the memorial is based are, first, that it is situate midway between Hamilton and Kingston; secondly, that it being the terminus of the Rice Lake Road the exports would necessarily pass through there; thirdly, that there is no accessible harbor of refuge between Toronto and Kingston; that the voice of the inhabitants of the neighboring districts, as well as that of ship-owners, etc., is in favor of such assumption by the Government; that as the Government contemplate the erection of fortifications, it is desirable that a good harbor should be added thereto; that the time accorded to the Incorporated Company for its contemplation has expired, and although considerable progress has been made, yet in their incomplete state, full tolls are demanded for the limited advantages afforded; that the revenue to be derived from tolls would in a short time pay the whole cost of construction of a commodious and accessible harbor; that vessels of the smallest class are unable to freight between the piers for want of a sufficient depth of water, and are compelled to make other ports in heavy weather; and that a favorable opportunity now offers of obtaining the works from the proprietary, as they seem unwillling to incur further expense in the repairs of the dilapidations. This latter is borne out by a resolution of the Company, embodied in the memorial, which sets forth that they are willing that the Government should assume the works, together with the liabilities of the said Company.

The memorial, of which we have been given the substance, already has the signatures of 1400 inhabitants of the adjacent districts, and will probably be much extended, as copies now lie at the Bank of U.C. Toronto, and that the notice of T.M. Simmons, Esq., holding property in the district, accord with the views of the promoters.

It is ever gratifying to us to note any mark of Canadian prosperity; and we hope the memorialists may be successful as we know the attention bestowed on the petition by His Excellency in Council will be careful. [British Colonist]

Ed. Note - It is a well known fact that a safe harbor for refuge in stress of weather does not exist between Kingston and Toronto, and not a place on our inland waters where such an extent of coast, and the same amount of value in shipping and merchandise, and as great a number of human beings so much exposed to the danger of a watery grave - as on the Canada shores of Lake Ontario. We hope our Port Hope friends will succeed in getting the desired aid; the object is worthy the immediate attention of the Government.

March 22, 1848


March 29, 1848

p.3 The Royal Mail Steamer Princess Royal is expected at Kingston on Thursday, the 30th inst., and leaves for Toronto on Friday morning following.

J.H. Greer & Co., Agents.

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Kingston Herald (Kingston, ON), March 1, 1848