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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 15, 1847

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p.3 The Passport - The fine new Iron Steamer the Pass Port (sic - Passport ), owned by the Hon. John Hamilton, underwent a trial trip on Tuesday last. She proceeded from Lachine to the mouth of the Beauharnois Canal, in 64 minutes and returned in 50 minutes - the distance is say 17 miles, which proves her to be superior in speed to any of the Boats on the upper waters.

The Passport is truly a splendid Specimen of Steam-boat architecture; and is fitted up in the most elegant manner, with large state-rooms, containing berths for 175 passengers - her dining saloon will accommodate 100 persons at a time - her engine is about 80 horsepower and was built by Messrs. Ward, Brand & Co. In about a fortnight, we understand, the Pass Port will be put on the Montreal and Kingston line, where she will run with the Highlander, the Canada, and the Gildersleeve. It is, however, not yet quite decided whether she will not be employed in running between the head of Lake Ontario and Montreal or Quebec, for which route she is well adapted. [Herald]

Fatal Collision - Buffalo June 11th - We are indebted to Mr. H.R. Jerome of the steamer Cleveland for the following brief particulars:- About one o'clock yesterday morning, a collision occurred between the steamer Chesapeake and the schooner J.F. Porter, off Conneaut.

The steamer bound upwards with passengers and merchandize, and the schooner bound down with a full cargo of wheat and corn, the latter sunk in eight fathoms of water. The crew were saved by getting on board the Chesapeake, which made for Conneaut Harbor; she unfortunately sunk, however, about two miles out. Passengers and crew were picked up by the steamer Harrison about four hours after the disaster. The number of lives lost is not ascertained, report says that three of the crew are missing. Mr. D. Wilson of the steamer Cleveland is probably lost. After the Harrison left, the Cleveland came down and visited the wreck, and would have rendered all the assistance she could, had any persons been found floating on planks or doors, but none were found. [Niagara Chronicle]

A collision took place at the entrance to the harbor on Wednesday, between the Admiral and a smaller steamer, the King William, which occasioned considerable damage to the latter. [Toronto Canadian]

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 15, 1847