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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 19, 1835

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p.1 We are sorry to say, that some accident has happened to that beautiful Steam Packet St. George. On her passage down on Sunday last, while within 26 miles of Port Hope, she was run into by the William IV and damaged so much as to be unable to continue her voyage. None of the machinery of the boat is injured. She repaired immediately to Niagara, where the mischief will be made good; and will be here, we hope, in time to take her trip on Tuesday. This is the second time this season that the William IV has run into steam vessels; first into the Sir James Kempt, and now into the St. George. This accident has happened very inopportunely; as owing to the unremitting attentions & exertions of D.J. Smith Esq. and Capt. Harper, the St. George had become exceedingly popular, and was doing a very fair business. Our readers will perceive by the new advertisement of this boat, that her trips have been altered. She will leave Kingston every Tuesday and Saturday.

It seems by the Chronicle that the Great Britain was struck with lightning on Tuesday, the 11th inst. Says that erudite journal, "the fluid gouged a half turn out of the topgallant and topmasts, but not so as to injure them materially." Now as the vessel in question has neither topmast nor top gallantmast, the whole story must be as great a hoax as that of "the American Sea Serpent." Probably the new editor is displaying his knowledge of the "Horse Marines" in this use of new coined nautical phrases.

The Sea-Serpent Again - Yesterday we received a visit from an American gentleman, who when at home resides at Sackett's Harbor, and who gravely assured us, that we must have been egregiously hoaxed in the account of the "Sea Serpent" seen in Lake Ontario, as no such schooner as the Polythemus nor any such person as "Capt. Kellogg" belongs to his port. We thanked him for his valuable information, and sincerely regretted our having been made the victim of so wicked a species of misrepresentation; but at the same time, could not avoid observing "that we knew no reason in nature to imagine the story very improbable, or that his countrymen should engross all the "Sea Serpents" to themselves.

Sad Accident - boat crossing from Kingston to Point Frederick upset and three drown - ..."the boat's slip-keel was by a sudden gust of wind blown out of her bottom, and she instantly filled and sank..."



June 19th - The steamers Margaret, Moorhouse, and Bytown, Bowen, with barges Dolphin and Mary in tow. Goods and passengers. (list of consignees).


June 18th - The steamer Enterprize, Richards, with goods and household furniture for Perth and Bytown.

June 19th - The steamer Margaret, Moorhouse, with goods and passengers.

4th of July Excursion - on steam boat Oswego, Capt. Homans, to Sackett's Harbor; people can return in steam boat America, Capt. Tyler, the same evening.

Welland Canal Office, St. Catharines,

4th June, 1835.

AT A MEETING of the Stockholders of the Welland Canal Company, held at the Welland Canal Office, at St. Catharines, on Wednesday, the 3rd day of June, 1835, the following Stockholders were duly elected Directors for the ensuing year:-

Wm. H. Merritt, Esq.

Alexander M'Donnell, Esq.

Ogden Creighton, Esq.

Thomas Butler, Esq.

The Directors appointed by the House of Assembly are -

Wm. L. Mackenzie, Esq. M.P.P.

David Thorburn, Esq. M.P.P.

Charles Duncombe, Esq. M.P.P.

At a meeting of the Board, on the same day, William Hamilton Merritt, Esq. was unanimously elected President, and Alexander McDonnell, Esq. Vice President.

Ogden Creighton, Esq. was appointed Treasurer.

By order of the Board,





Lieut. Harper, R.N. Commander,

Will, until the 1st September, leave the different ports as follows:


Kingston, every Tuesday and Saturday morning,

Oswego, every Tuesday evening,

Cobourg, every Wednesday morning & Saturday evening,

Port Hope, " " " " "

And arrive at Toronto on Wednesday afternoon and Sunday morning.


Toronto, every Thursday morning and Sunday evening,

Port Hope, every Thursday evening and Monday morning,

Cobourg, " " " " "

And arrive at Kingston in time for Passengers to take the River Boats for Montreal.

Passengers leaving Toronto by the above Boat on Sunday and Thursday, will arrive in Montreal on Tuesday and Saturday evening.

No Luggage or Parcels taken charge of, unless booked and paid for.

All Freights payable on delivery.

Kingston, June 8th, 1835.


Stage and Steam-Boat by way of the Ottawa and Rideau Canal

from Montreal to Kingston.

The Public are respectfully informed that this line is now in full and complete operation.

Stages will leave Montreal as follows, viz.:

Mondays, at 7 o'clock, A.M.

Tuesdays, at 9 o'clock, A.M.

Wednesdays, at 11 o'clock, A.M.

Thursdays, at 11 o'clock, A.M.

Fridays, at 11 o'clock, A.M.

The Steamboat will leave Lachine immediately on the arrival of the Stages from Montreal. The regular days for passengers direct to Kingston, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

E. CUSHING, Agent.

June 11th Office, M'Gill Street.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 19, 1835