The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston News (Kingston, ON), June 13, 1844

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p.2 An inquest was on Monday held at St. Catharines by Mr. St. John, on the body of Augustus A. Pickering, master and owner of a schooner bound from Sackett's Harbour to the upper lake. The deceased, it appeared, had left his vessel early in the morning, and the attention of a passerby was soon after attracted by an unusual noise in a wood about 80 rods from the vessel, upon entering which he found the unfortunate man stretched upon his breast and bleeding profusely from a dreadful gash in his throat, which a razor by his side and other circumstances conclusively showed had been inflicted by his own hand. He was alive when discovered, but died shortly afterwards, and on examination it was found that both the windpipe and jugular vein were severed. The deceased had been subject to fits of insanity, and on the voyage which has turned out to be his last he was accompanied by his brother-in-law, for the express purpose of taking care that no evil happened to him. It is believed that the fact of his having built his vessel somewhat too large for the canal locks had a bad effect on his mind. The jury returned a verdict of insanity. The body has been taken to Sackett's Harbour, where the wife and six children of the deceased reside. [Niagara Chronicle]

We observe that the Toronto Colonist is advocating the building of a propeller to run from that city through the Welland Canal to Port Stanley. Our contemporary is probably not aware that the Niagara Dock Company has commenced building a Steamer of 75 horse power, which is intended to ply from Chippewa to the various British ports on Lake Erie. Part of the plank for this vessel has already been sent to Chippewa (where she is to be put together) and it is expected that the keel will be laid the week after next, and that she will be ready for launching by the first of October. Neither skill nor cost will be spared to render her the crack vessel of Lake Erie, and what the Dock Company can accomplish may be inferred from what it has done already - the noble fleet of steamers on Lake Ontario, and the Emerald by far the fastest boat on Lake Erie, furnish ample proof of what the Company is able to perform. The new vessel is to be 170 feet long, and in the construction of her engines and boilers, advantage will be taken of the latest improvements. The enterprise is one that should receive all the countenance and support which the Government and the commercial world can extend to it. [Niagara Chronicle]

The owners of the Steamer Frontenac with a view chiefly to the accommodation of Emigrants, have extended her trips to Hamilton, affording passengers the advantage of going through without transhipment.

p.3 Drowned - a skiff upset on way to Long Island, two drown and one is saved by schooner.


Government Notice - Tenders called for repairs to Rideau and Ottawa Canals for a term of three years, from 1st July 1844 to 30th June, 1847. June 3rd.



The New Steamer


Capt. Ives,

Will, for the remainder of the season, ply between Kingston and Toronto, as follows:


Leaves Kingston for Toronto on Mondays and Thursdays, at 3 o'clock in the afternoon, on the arrival of the River Mail Steamer, touching at Wellington, Cobourg, Port Hope, Darlington, Bond Head, Oshawa and Windsor.


Leaves Toronto for Kingston on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8 o'clock in the morning, calling at the above Ports on the downward trip.

FARE between Kingston and Toronto and vice versa, Cabin 17s. 6d.; Deck, 7s. 6d., and so in proportion to the other ports.

The Frontenac is commodiously and substantially fitted up, and possesses good accommodations for Passengers and Freight.

Kingston, May 29th, 1844.


To avoid transhipment of Emigrants and others, the Frontenac will run in future direct to Hamilton, touching at Toronto. She leaves both Kingston and Toronto at the same hour as already advertised above.

Kingston, June 7th, 1844.

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Kingston News (Kingston, ON), June 13, 1844