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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 8, 1838

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p.1 Bytown - The steamer Shannon has commenced work in right good earnest. She passes between this and Grenville daily every trip. The one delay appears from there being too few steamers on the Rideau Canal, several barges having been necessarily detained here for boats to take them through this part of the route. This defect we understand will soon be remedied, as the Company are about to put more steamers on. [Gazette, May 16th]

p.2 Melancholy Accident - As the Commodore Barrie was coming into Port on Sunday morning last, two men were on the bowsprit chains, taking in the jib sheet. They were somewhat awkward in their work, and the mate stepped on the chain to stow the sheet. With this extra weight the chain broke, and the mate John Lang, and Malcolm Gilbraith were plunged into the water and were drowned; the other man seized of the figure head, and was saved. The vessel was stopped as soon as the accident occurred, and a boat instantly lowered to save the two men; but before they could be reached they sunk. The spot was dragged with grapnels for several hours, but the bodies have not been found. [Chronicle]

Last Sunday the bodies of John Lang and Malcolm Galbraith, who were lost off the steamer Commodore Barrie on the 27th of last month, were picked up near the spot where they were drowned. The Coroner's Inquest returned a verdict of accidentlly drowned.

We are informed that last night about ten o'clock, an American Steam Boat called the Telegraph, of Oswego, was fired on through mistake, by the lower Guard, placed on the River, at this town....The Telegraph immediately sheered off..... [Statesman]

Burning of Peel - several articles; Capt. J.B. Armstrong was formerly commander of the American steamer Telegraph. [Watertown Jeffersonian and Niagara Reporter]

p.3 other articles on burning of Peel. [Oswego Herald, Sackets Harbor Whig and North American]

£1000 award

Proclamation by Sir George Arthur

On Sunday last the Commodore Barrie brought down from Toronto, 22 of the state prisoners, who were landed at the Ordnance Wharf and marched into Fort Henry....The next day the steamer Bytown took ten of them away to Quebec, via the Rideau Canal....


Managers - McPherson & Crane.


May 30 - The steamer Cataraqui, Drummond, with seven barges in tow (consignees listed.)

June 2nd - The steamer Margaret, Ballantyne, with nine barges in tow. ( " )

June 3rd - The steamer Bytown, Hunter, with four barges in tow, three of which contained the Head Quarters, and three companies of the 34th Regiment. (consignees listed.)

June 5 - The steamer Cataraqui, Drummond, with one batteau in tow, with wheat for G. Longley, Maitland.

June 7 - The steamer Rideau, Moran, with 7 barges in tow (consignees listed.)

Departures for Bytown.

May 30 - The steamer Cataraqui, Drummond.

June 3 - The steamer Margaret, Ballantyne.

June 4 - The steamer Bytown, Hunter.

June 6 - The steamer Cataraqui.

June 8 - The steamer Rideau, Moran.

Departures for Montreal via the St. Lawrence.

May 31 - The barges Mayflower, Clara Fisher, Perth, Consitution and Jane.

June 3 - The barge Oswego.

June 4 - The barges Hope, Trader and Kingston.

June 5 - The batteau J. Laroux.

June 7 - The barge Mary.

June 8 - The barges Dolphin and Emigrant.

The Annual Barriefield Regatta

Will Take Place

On Her Majesty's Coronation Day

June 28th


Umpire - J.B. Marks, Esq. M.P.

Stewards - J. Mathewson, Esq. M.P.

- T. Gurley, Esq.


Three heats of 2 miles each.

1st Prize A Purse of 5 pds. 0 0

2nd do. do. 2 pds. 10 0


The Wherry Race to be rowed for by Skiffs of all sizes, (without outriggers,) pulled by one man with a pair of oars.

All the Candidates to start for the 1st heat, and all who are not distanced, to start again for the 2nd heat; and the winners of these heats to start for the third heat. In case the same man should be the winner of the 1st and 2nd heats, and different individuals are second to him in each heat, these two men to start again for the 2nd Prize. All matters in dispute to be finally disposed of by the Umpire.

Each Candidate to make known his intention of running, and declare his color to the Stewards, two days previous to the Race, and also are required to pay an entrance fee of half a dollar.

After the termination of the Race, Collections will be made on the ground for various


Barriefield, June 8th, 1838.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 8, 1838