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Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), July 7, 1849

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p.2 Port Burwell - A joint stock company has been formed for the purpose of completing this harbor.

Arrival of More Copper - The Propeller Napolean came down yesterday from Lapointe and other ports, with a large load of passengers, and a valuable cargo of copper - about 90 tons from the Cliff Mine, for the Pittsburgh and Boston Mining Company. Also, six tons from Isle Royale for the Isle Royale and Ohio Mining Company. [Lake Superior News 15th]


The Late Accident on Board the Passport.

We give below the verdict of the Coroner's jury in the matter of the recent catastrophe on board the river steamer Passport. It will be seen that the destructive escape of steam is attributed by the jury to the incapacity of the person in charge of the engine at the time of the occurrence. Steamboat accidents upon our waters have been of such rare occurrence that it is highly probable the bare possibility of disaster never entered into the minds of any of the parties concerned, otherwise the great value of the property risked, independent of human life, would have induced the utmost caution in the selection of assistant engineers as well as of a chief. The late melancholy affair must have the effect of removing this false feeling of security and of substituting for it an active watchfulness. What has been done cannot be undone. But the terrible lesson which has been read by that occurrence, will not, we venture to say, be without a salutary effect upon steamboat management generally, if it be truly stated by the Cornwall Freeholder as a part of Capt. Bowen's evidence, that hitherto it has been customary to leave engines to the care of such persons as Quigley.

Verdict of the Jury - Wm. Cline, Esq. Foreman; and Messrs. William Mattice, William Park, Samuel Cline, Joseph Tanner, William I. Pitts, Thomas O'Callaghan, John S. McDougall, Alexander Hunter, William Percy, David Smith, Vincent Annable, Donald McDonell and Alexr. McDougall,

"Do upon their oaths say, that in consequence of some derangement of the machinery from some cause not explained to the Jury, that James Quigley who had charge of the engine of the Passport Steamer, plying from Montreal to Kingston on the 27th day of June, instant, between Point Moyhen and Lancaster, the second Engineer being at the time in his berth, and the first Engineer not being on board the Steamer, the said James Quigley through embarrassment or want of practical skill, opened the valves and allowed the steam to escape, causing the death of the said Mary Garvin, Martha Boyd, William John Boyd, Mary Jane Boyd, Susan Boyd, Mary Ann Brown, John Brown, and some four others whose names were unknown. And the Jury came to the conclusion that the incapacity of the said James Quigley and his evident unfitness to meet such an emergency subject the Company to the deserved censure of an outraged public."

R. McDonald, M.D.


Steamer Fashion - This vessel unfortunately broke her shaft on the last downward trip; she reached Lachine safely, and only a few hours after her usual time. A new shaft will be supplied at once, and the Steamer we understand will resume her regular trips about the middle of next week. Meanwhile the Elgin will make three trips in the week, leaving this on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday.


June 27th - Schr. Syracuse, French Creek, ballast.

Str. Niagara, Lewiston.

Str. Cataract, Ogdensburg.

28th - Schr. Mayflower, Wellington, 644 bls. flour, 300 bush. rye, 200 potatoes.

Str. Bay State, Lewiston.

Str. Niagara, Ogdensburg.

Schr. Perseverance, Oswego, coal, etc.

29th - Str. Ontario, Lewiston.

Str. Bay State, Ogdensburg.

30th - Schr. Prince Wellington, 165 bls. flour.

Str. George Clinton, Oswego.

Str. Cataract, Lewiston.

Schr. Triton, Oswego, ballast.

Winnebago, Oswego, ballast.

Mohawk Chief, Oswego, ballast.

Str. Ontario, Ogdensburg.

July 2nd - Schr. Liverpool, Port Dalhousie, 106 pcs. oak.

Susan, Oswego, ballast.

Lafayette, Oswego, ballast.

Str. Cataract, Ogdensburg.

Str. Niagara, Lewiston.

3rd - Schr. George Moffatt, Oakville, 957 bls. flour.

Sovereign, Hamilton, 1650 bls. flour.

Str. Bay State, Lewiston.

Str. Niagara, Ogdensburg.

4th - Schr. W.D. Eberts, Chatham, 19 bls. ashes, 2 bales wool, 1000 ft. walnut.

Str. Canada, Montreal.

Str. Bay State, Ogdensburg.

Str. Ontario, Lewiston.

5th - Schr. Governor, Rond Eau, 400 staves.

Str. Ontario, Ogdensburg.

Str. Cataract, Lewiston.

In the Court of Bankruptcy for the Midland District - 3rd general meeting of creditors to be held on 9th August.

To Owners and Masters of Schooners

Commissariat Office,

Toronto, July 5th, 1849.

Sealed Tenders will be received at this office until Friday, the 13th inst., at noon, from all persons willing to charter, to the Commissariat Department, a Schooner, for the undermentioned services:

The Vessel, which is to be staunch, in good condition, well found, and of not less than 150 tons per register, is to be in readiness at the Port of Toronto, by the 1st of August, to receive on board such Indian Present Goods, or other Stores, as may be required by the Commissariat Department to be embarked in her. She is to proceed, as soon as loaded, to Amherstburgh, where, after discharging the portion of her cargo intended for that Station, she will embark such Stores or Passengers as may be sent on board by the Commissariat Department, and proceed without delay to Penetanguishene. She will receive on board at Penetanguishene such further quantities of Stores, Cattle, and passengers as she may be required by the Commissariat Department to embark for Manitoulin, for which place she must proceed by the 25th August, and arrive on or before the 1st of September following. From that day until the 15th of September, the vessel will remain at Manitoulin, subject to orders, if required to do so, without being entitled to demurrage.

The surplus Stores and Passengers are to be re-embarked at Manitoulin, and after being landed at Penetanguishene and Amherstburg, as may be directed, the contract to terminate.

Should the vessel be detained by weather, so as not to arrive at Manitoulin, till after the time specified, she must wait fifteen days, if required to do so, without charge for demurrage.

During the period the vessel shall be in the employment of Government, the passengers proceeding in her are to be accommodated with the use of the Cabin, Cooking Utensils, and othe conveniences of the vessel, and no Passengers nor Stores are to be embarked without the permission of the Senior Officer of the Commissariat.

Convenient place on deck to be provided for any Live Stock it may be found necessary to embark for Manitoulin, so that they may be secure from injury or damage of any kind, as far as practicable.

Tenders to specify the sum that will be required for the voyage, and the rate per day for demurrage, in case the vessel should be detained beyond the period mentioned.

Payment will be made at Toronto, in Mexican or United States' Dollars, at 5s. 1d. currency each, or in Bank notes, at the option of the Commissariat, on the production of a certificate from the Senior Commissariat Officer at Penentanguishene, that the service has been properly performed.

Two Sureties will be required, in a Bond to the amount of £500 currency, whose bona fide signatures must be affixed to the Tenders; forms of which may be obtained at this office, and no Tenders will be noticed unless made on these Forms.

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Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), July 7, 1849