The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Spectator (Kingston, ON), June 18, 1833

Full Text

(from originals in bound volume at N.A.C.)

p.2 Erie Canal - forwarding lines have reduced rates nearly 40%. [Albany Journal]

Sir John Colborne arrived from York at Niagara on steamboat Canada; inspected improvements being made at Dock Company. [Niagara Reporter, June 6th]

We regret to learn that a serious accident occurred on board the Steam-boat Adelaide, on her trip down Lake Erie a few days ago, by which one man lost his life, and three Soldiers of the detachment of the 79th, then on board, were so much injured that two have since died, and but little hopes may be entertained of the recovery of the other. We are informed by a gentleman, who is likely to give a correct account, that one of the stays of the flue had been injured (as is supposed,) by a shock which the boat had received during the previous trip, in consequence of striking upon the ice breakers - this stay subsequently gave way, and the water rushed through the small aperture occasioned thereby, and from thence through the flue into the furnace, at the mouth of which the unfortunate Soldiers were cooking their breakfast.

[Niagara Reporter]

p.3 Fatal Duel - at Perth; Capt. LeLievre, late of John By, was a second, and absconded.


To corroborate the statement of the Master and crew of the Perseverance, in the Spectator last week, we publish today another notice upon the same transaction, signed by the cabin passengers, which agrees with the former in every particular. Sufficient time has been allowed to transpire, in preparing any counter statement on the part of the other boat, and should no such statement make its appearance public opinion will set against the individuals who were the occasion of so much mischievous damage.

The Herald of Wednesday, and the Chronicle of Saturday, both contain intimations that something on the other side is preparing, of which we have heard nothing further, and which apparently is not forthcoming.

A pretty considerable fuss has been made in the York papers, about that elegant Steam-boat, the John By, being stationed to ply between the towns of York and Hamilton; so much so, that we could hardly believe our own eyes, when we visited her on Saturday last, and saw so much work still remaining to be completed, before she will be able to quit this port. Her Engine has been taken out and put on board the St. George, and two small ones, upon the high pressure principle, placed in its room; many alterations and improvements are proceeding as rapidly as possible, but they will probably occupy a month before they are fully completed.

A small boat called the Margaret intending to ply on the Rideau and Grenville canals, was launched some few days ago, and is being fitted up with all convenient speed. The Rideau which has been plying on the Bay this season, is undergoing repairs, and is almost finished. We are informed that the canal will really be opened in the course of the present week, but so many tales have been told us, that we are grown rather incredulous upon this head.


We the undersigned, master and crew of the Steamer Perseverance, whereof John G. Parker of Kingston is owner, hereby state and say, to guard against incorrect reports, that on the 6th day of June, 1833, on our passage from the Bay of Quinte to Prescott, at half past 10 o'clock in the evening, the weather being fair and clear, about 9 miles below Gananoque, the Steamer Britannia, Capt. Smart, came up with us, as we were going our most direct course, and the Britannia, as we supposed, was also going on her course, and passing us. When she got right abreast our starboard wheel-house, the Britannia suddenly altered her course, sheared and run her bow directly into the Perseverance, carrying away her wheel-house, bar and contents, with a tremendous crash, which we thought would have stove her to pieces. The Britannia backed out, without making the least enquiry respecting the damage done, and left us, pursuing her course, and we not knowing whether we should sink or swim. After much labor in clearing away the breakage, we got the engine and vessel in condition to pursue our voyage down. In making this statement to the public, we most truly and sincerely say, that we kept our course without variation, that there was sufficient room for the Britannia to pass us on either side: and when we saw her first sheer towards us, we bore away from her, fearing her design upon us.

Lucas Moody, Master

Thomas Sanders, Pilot

James Colvill, Engineer

Alexander McDonnell, Steward

Richard Chanly, Deckhand

Owen McEnroe "

Theophilus Harvy "

Charles Smith, Fireman

Richard Cullin, "

Patrick Kelly, Waiter

William McKever, Cook

Kingston, June 10th, 1833

WE THE UNDERSIGNED, were Passengers on board the steamboat Perseverance, Captain Moody, bound from the Bay of Quinte to Prescott, June 6th, 1833. She left Kingston about half past 6 P.M., and the steam-boat Britannia, Captain Smart, left soon after. The Perseverance and the Britannia both stopped at Gananoque, where the Perseverance arrived a little after the Britannia, and started a little before her. About eight or nine miles below Gananoque, at half-past ten o'clock at night, the Britannia nearing us, she having been in sight some time. We were all on deck and plainly and distinctly saw what we are now about to state: the Perseverance was steering her direct course, the river wide on each side; the Britannia came alongside of us apparently going past, and being opposite our starboard wheel, she suddenly altered her course, nearly at right angles, and run her bow directly into the Perseverance's wheel house, carried away her wheel house, bar and contents with a tremendous crash, and we can most truly say, we expected the Perseverance would have been stove to pieces and sunk at once, and attempts were made to save ourselves from immediate destruction. The Britannia immediately backed out of the Perseverance, blew off steam a few moments and pursued her course without delay or enquiry, not knowing whether we should sink or swim. It was a long time after this before we could ascertain whether we could go or not; but by the skill and dexterity of Captain Moody & his faithful men, the wreck was carried away, and we at length were enabled to proceed. Much praise is due to the engineer of the Perseverance for stopping the engine so promptly, which undoubtedly saved much breakage to the engine and boat. We further state, that we are fully confident that the Perseverance was pursuing her direct course, so as to avoid the Britannia, & actually sheered from her some time before the Britannia run into her.

D.L. Thorp, Fredericksburgh.

B.F. Davy, Bath.

J.R. Benson, Kingston.

S. Van Allen, Kindhook, U.S.

Wm. A. Davy, Bath.

Lucius A. Lackey, Brockville.

Cabin Passengers in the Perseverance.

Steam Boat Perseverance, 7th June, 1833.

D. Prentiss, Esq. Kingston , and B. Seymour, Esq. Bath, were in the Cabin of the Perseverance at the time of the above transaction, and were immediately on deck and saw what had taken place.

Media Type:
Item Type:
Date of Original:
June 18, 1833
Local identifier:
Language of Item:
Rick Neilson
Copyright Statement:
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
Maritime History of the Great Lakes
WWW address
Powered by / Alimenté par VITA Toolkit

My favourites lets you save items you like, tag them and group them into collections for your own personal use. Viewing "My favourites" will open in a new tab. Login here or start a My favourites account.

Kingston Spectator (Kingston, ON), June 18, 1833