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Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), July 4, 1849

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On board the Steamer Passport,

28th June, 1849.

Captain Bowen -

Dear Sir:

We the undersigned cabin passengers on board the Steamer Passport, feel it our duty to record our sense of the prompt and able manner in which you succeeded in allaying the fears of the passengers, as well as in averting, as far as possible, the danger to which we were exposed on the evening of the fatal disaster, which occurred on the 27th inst., on our journey from Montreal to Kingston. We feel satisfied that the lamentable occurrence was not in any way attributable to a want of due vigilance on your part, as Commander of the Steamer, and we have much pleasure in tendering to yourself, as well as to Mr. Howard, and other officers of the ship, our heartfelt thanks for their kind attention to the unfortunate sufferers on this melancholy occasion.

(Signed by 29 signatures)


Steamer Passport, June 29th, 1849.

Major Logie -

Dear Sir;

I beg to return to you our sincere thanks for the very handsome testimonial which yourself and fellow passengers now on board the str. Passport, have so kindly offered, as testimony of the conduct of myself and Mr. Howard, and other Officers of the ship, on the evening of the fatal disaster which occurred on the 27th inst., on the Steamer's passage from Montreal to Kingston; and to assure you that we shall ever entertain a high sense of the kind consideration shewn to us upon that melancholy occasion, by the whole of the cabin passengers.

I also beg to thank you, sir, for the very handsome manner in which you were pleased to enclose the said testimonial.

I have the honor to be, Sir,

Your very obliged and humble Servant,


To the Editor of the Chronicle & News

Dear Sir: - Yesterday (Sabbath) evening, I witnessed the rescue from a watery grave, of a man and a lad, who were sailing in a small boat, that upset opposite this city. Fortunately for the suffering, a boat from one of the Quebec Forwarding Company's schooners went to their assistance, and rendered timely aid. They were both much exhausted when put on shore; and by the way in which they managed the boat, when under sail, it was very evident that neither of them was experienced in boating. It is to be hoped that the narrow escape of these two individuals will deter others from risking a similar disaster.

"A Purser"

Kingston, July 2nd, 1849.

Trade of the St. Lawrence - We had occasion lately to notice the arrival in our port of three American schooners, from ports on the Upper Lakes. On enquiry we are much pleased to find that the corn with which these vessels were principally loaded, could at our present rates of freight, be taken to Liverpool. We give below a comparative statement, the figures being based on actual transactions: Via the St. Lawrence

Cost of Corn at Toledo. 41 cts

Toledo to Montreal 10 "

2s 2 1/2d stg.

Montreal to Liverpool - freight

has been offered at this date, Os 9d.

2s 11 1/2d stg.

Via Erie Canal

Cost of Corn at Toledo, 41 cts

Toledo to New York, 17 1/2 "

2s 6 1/2d stg.

New York to Liverpool 0s 6 1/2d "

3s 1d stg.

Showing a difference in favor of the St. Lawrence of 1 1/2d. sterling per bushel. If this can be done now, what may be expected when the St. Lawrence is thrown open to allow American vessels to go down to Quebec, and when the Navigation Laws are repealed and when German and other ships bringing emigrants for the West, will enter into competition with British vessels in outward cargo?

We are also pleased to find that each of the American schooners takes back a return cargo. The Moses and Elias, for Toledo, has 3,000 bushels of coarse packing salt, 100 barrels pease, (for Cincinnati) 6 hhds brandy and 5 hhds Hollands Gin. The Western, for Chicago, is loading coarse packing salt, 150 barrels mackerel, 30 casks soda ash, 45 bbls cod oil, and 10 hhds brandy. The Canadian schooner Sophia, Capt. Gaskin, is loading pig iron at Quebec for Chicago, at 22s. 6d. per ton, and will probably load at Chicago direct for Halifax. The steamer Commerce the property of Messrs. McPherson & Crane, is also loading pig iron at Quebec, for Cleveland, at 17s 6d per ton.

The result of this enterprise is most encouraging, and gives us good grounds to believe that under a system of complete commercial freedom, our trade will be rapidly enlarged and improved. The fact of the St. Lawrence being adapted for large sail craft is a very important point established.

The Captains of the American schooners state that there is no difficulty in the river navigation, and that after two or three trips they will be their own Pilots. [Montreal Pilot]

on 13th steamer Maid of the Mist broke machinery and was lucky to get to shore. [N.Y. Sun]



The Sale of the Steamer Comet is postponed till Tuesday, the 10th day of July, on which day the sale will positively take place.

JOHN FRASER, Assignee.

Kingston, 3rd July, 1849.

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Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), July 4, 1849