The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Tourist of the Woods & Emigrant's Guide (Kingston, ON), May 31, 1842

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p.3 Tuesday being the Queen's birthday, a review of the troops in garrison took place before Major-General Clitherow, a large number of spectators being present. The morning threatened a storm, but before noon the sky had cleared up and afforded a most beautiful day for the review, which took place at 12 o'clock. At 1 all was ready for the launching of a new and handsome gunboat from the Naval Yard, and thither a large number of ladies and gentlemen proceeded. A royal salute was fired by the naval gunners, and the gunboat being christened in form, the Millicent, we believe by the lady of Lieut-General Clitherow, glided beautifully into the water amid the deafening cheers of the seamen and the assembled multitude. H.M. Schooner Montreal, tastefully decorated with a cloud of flags, excited much admiration. Many vessels in the harbor, the steamer Niagara especially, were also decorated with flags, and the whole scene was one exceedingly animating, affording the highest gratification to those who were present to witness the proceedings of the day. [News]

A most extraordinary escape from death occurred on Monday last to a son of Capt. Macaulay of Toronto, on the passage down of the stmr. Niagara. The young man was on the promenade deck, and attempted to cross underneath the walking beam while the opposite end was down, on a platform which appeared to be secure, but the instant he put his foot on it he was precipitated among the works below, and was naturally supposed by those who saw him to be instantly crushed; but an obstruction he met with in falling enabled him with great presence of mind to grasp the rods of the air pump: he thus sustained himself for some minutes, being drawn up and down, till the engine could be stopped to release him from his perilous situation. He was but slightly injured. (note - the June 4th Montreal Gazette attributes this article to the Kingston News)

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Tourist of the Woods & Emigrant's Guide (Kingston, ON), May 31, 1842