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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 19, 1845

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From Correspondence of the Detroit Advertiser.

Dear Sirs, - At half past 3 A.M. this day below Point au Pelee on Lake Erie, the London steamer from Buffalo, and the Kent steamer on her downward passage, came in contact with a dreadful crash, and the result of the concussion was the loss of the latter boat, and, we grieve to add several lives.

I have no heart to dwell upon the scene which we witnessed. For some minutes we supposed we had broken the machinery of the London, and were going to the bottom; and were only relieved from the apprehension of a watery grave by the sight of the Kent, rapidly sinking, at our bows. Every effort was made to save her passengers, and all who were in sight were saved; several of those from the cabin being transferred to our boat without even their clothes. But sad to say a number were lost, being unable to gain the upper deck in time. Among these we reckon,

Mr. James E. Quaw, Redford, Michigan.

Mr. Chauncey Osborne, Genessee, N.Y.

Mr. Seth Doming, Berlin, Conn.

Master Homer Doming, Galena, W.T.

James Rowden, Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Two young Ladies and a boy from Ypsilanti, names not known.

All the officers and hands of the boat and 79 passengers, including 10 children, were saved.

Without any formal proceedings on the subject, our passengers have endeavoured to ascertain the cause of this dreadful accident and we have no doubt it occurred in consequence of the man in the pilot of the Kent attempting to pass on the wrong side of the London, which brought her directly across her bow, and at this the Engineer of the London as soon as he saw the course of the Kent shut off his steam, but his boat had so much headway that the Kent was cut down in front of her wheel house. We remained five hours with the wreck gathering floating parcels of baggage, etc., and attempting to tow the hull ashore, but she gradually sunk by the head and we were compelled to perform the sad office of hoisting her flag half mast and leaving her to her fate.

The London is not at all injured. Our passengers have done something to relieve the necessities of the sufferers - the ladies dividing their wardrobes, and the gentlemen opening their purses. Yours, T.

p .3 We regret to hear that the Quebec Forwarding Company's Steamer Quebec sank on Monday night at St. Ann's, in 15 feet of water. A woman and child who were on board wereunfortunately drowned. The cargo consisted of a valuable assortment of dry goods. The vessel was insured in the Montreal Insurance Company. [Montreal Gazette]

New Steamer Line To Toronto and Hamilton - The expected Opposition of the Lake Royal Mail Line proprietors, to the River Forwarders, has already engendered a species of opposition unthought of by the former. The Lake Proprietors alluded to having already bought up every steam vessel employed on the Lake, viz. the Cobourg, St. ( ), Union, Frontenac, Admiral and Kingston ( ) retaliating opposition on their own route ( ) hardly be anticipated. It seems, however ( ) fated to be deceived, for the River Forwarders are already in the field with their own ( ) the Highlander, which vessel, under the superintendence of Mr. Lonson Hilliard, is to continue her trips to Toronto on Thursday next, ( ) Kingston, and continue them three times ( ) while the fine weather lasts, or until the proprietors are brought to their proper (senses.) As this opposition will commence one (month) before the Lake Proprietors can do any River forwarding with advantage to themselves, it (will probably) have the effect of inducing all ( ) to suspend operations during the remainder of the present season, leaving them at ( ) begin with the new year, which, from ( ) circumstances, must be a year of ( ) and low prices. Should the Highlander ( ) compelled to go on her intended route, ( ) business will be done with the Canada (and) Gildersleeve, having a small steamer to assist ( ) foot of Lake Francis. It is also thought ( ) make the Lake Proprietors feel the folly of ( ) opposition the keener, to place the Prince A(lbert) on the route from Toronto to Hamilton. But ( ) hope, that none of these changes ( ) for if they do, all the parties must ( ) and the public alone, the ungrateful public, ( ) the benefit of their dissension, without (being obliged) to any person.

Tenders will be received at this office on Monday, the 25th inst., from persons willing to enter into an agreement for building a


For The Service of Government,

of seasoned materials, and to be subject to the approval of the Senior Commissariat Officer.

The Batteau to be built of Pine Timber, and to be well caulked and pitched, 32 feet overall, breadth of beam 8 feet, depth 3'l2 feet; crooks either of cedar or tamarack, and to be placed at distances of not more than 12 inches apart; floor timbers of Oak or Elm, bottom 2 inch Pine Plank, Shear Strake of 2 inch Oak, fitted for four oars, to be provided with 5 Ash Oars of proper length, and row locks complete; 6 thwarts, 2 Ring bolts, one forward, the other aft, an iron chain 12 feet long, with a padlock; to be furnished with 4 new puncheons to hold 120 gallons each, and to be painted from the light water mark up.

The rate in currency to be stated for the Batteau, complete, and payment will be made at this office in Dollars, at 5s 1d Currency each.

Parties desirous of tendering, will specify the earliest period at which they will undertake to deliver the Batteau, completed in every respect.

Commissariat, Kingston.

18th August, 1845.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 19, 1845