The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 25, 1845

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p.3 Drowned - James Vallier, a seaman on board the bark Eleanora, was we regret to say, lost overboard during last week on the upward passage of that vessel. It appears, that the weather being calm, some of the men lowered one of the boats of the Eleanora, but, a breeze springing up, they again hoisted it in. While so doing, Valier, being in the boat, fell out, and it is supposed must have struck some portion of the vessel in his descent, as he immediately sunk to rise no more. His brother was on board, and with his comrades made every exertion to save the deceased but without avail. The deceased belonged to Port Dalhousie, and has left an aged mother to deplore his loss. [ News ]

The Board of Works has decided on refunding to the Forwarding Companies the dues which it appears have been illegally exacted on vessels going up the Canal and descending by the Rapids. Our readers will recollect that Mr. Begly, on the part of the Board of Works, refused to accede to the demand of the forwarders that this over-charge should be refunded. We were aware on Friday that the Board of Works had altered their minds; but knowing that the letter of Mr. Gough to Messrs. Hooker & Holton would appear in Saturday's Pilot, we preferred to wait until we could have an opportunity of copying it.

We give this letter below in juxtaposition with the letter of Mr. Begly, which we did not publish at the time. [Montreal Herald]

Board of Works,

Montreal, July 2nd, 1845.

Sir, - I reply to your letter of the 20th ultimo, enclosing a letter from Henderson & Holton, demanding the reimbursement of the extra charge made on their "up" boats navigating the Lachine Canal to the 10th ultimo, I am directed to inform you that the Board are of opinion that as the toll referred to has always been levied, and as the Forwarders must have predicated the payment thereof in the formation of their tariff, as no reduction has been made in their freights in expectation of its being remitted, they cannot consent that any amount so charged should now be refunded.

I remain, Sir,

Your obedient servant,

Thomas A. Begly, Secretary.

A. Gough, Esquire,

Collector, Lachine Canal.

Montreal, July 17th, 1845.

Messrs. Hooker, Holton & Co.

Gentlemen, I have the honor to inform you that I am ready to repay you the one third extra charged upon "up" boats boats passing through the Canal previous to the 10th June last. I shall feel obliged by your letting me have a statement of the amount claimed by you.

I have the honor to be,

Alfred Gough.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 25, 1845