The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 10, 1847

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Lake Superior - Its Outlet - Keewenaw Point and Bay - Scenery

The Sault Ship Canal - Obstructed by U.S. Troops - Navigation etc.

description of a trip on propeller Independence, mentions Keewenaw Point, Soo Ship Canal, and steamer Julia Palmer (2 columns). [N.Y. Tribune]


The Oswego Account Of The Row.

The usual preparations and formalities for the observance of our National Anniversary were this year omitted in this village. Nevertheless, business operations were generally suspended on Monday, and the day was ushered in by a national salute at sunrise, and repeated at noon and at sunset; with the usual display of flags from the shipping in the harbor and public places in the village. The Canadian steamer Queen Victoria came in at an early hour, crowded with passengers and a band of music from Belleville and Kingston. The day was fine, and a large concourse of people collected from the country. Everybody seemed happy; and we regret to say that in the afternoon the festivities of the occasion were marred by a disgraceful riot. While the Canadian steamer was engaged in carrying out pleasure parties, some disturbance took place, as we understand, between a few sailors and some of the hands on board of the steamer as she was about leaving the dock for a trip on the lake, resulting in a fight, in which a number were knocked down. While the steamer was out, an excited crowd, principally of sailors and boatmen, collected on the dock (line missing at bottom of page) ...on dock. The anchors were thrown overboard, and a general melee ensued. As the situation of things became known, the police were promptly on the spot, headed by the President of the village, with the U.S. Marshall and Sheriff. The rioters were dispersed, a number of the ringleaders taken into custody, and the boat released. A detachment of the Oswego Guards, under Captain Barbour, subsequently appeared on the ground, and order was restored. The civil authorities are entitled to much credit for the promptitude, energy and efficiency, with which they discharged their duties on the occasion. And as no serious consequences resulted, we trust the outrage committed will be put down by our Canadian friends to the account of the rowdyism belonging more or less to all commercial places, rather than to the citizens of Oswego. We regret that anything should have happened calculated to interrupt for a moment the reciprocal good understanding that belongs to the daily intercourse of people bound together by the ties of interest and consanguinity.

We know we speak the the sentiment of our citizens when we say the proprietors need not hesitate to continue the visits of the steamer to our port. The best feeling exists here towards the boat and Captain Berry, who throughout the disturbance did everything in his power to restore order. [Oswego Comm. Times]

p.3 American Steamer Cataract - Captain Van Cleve's new vessel, the Cataract, has taken her place in the American Line of Lake Steamers, in the room of the old St. Lawrence. She is the largest and most elegant vessel which floats on Lake Ontario, and is a marked specimen of the taste, enterprise and liberality of the American people. She is so truly handsome, that it is only by personal inspection, that the visitor can assure himself that the things told about her are not fabulous. She is in Kingston every fourth day, and parties should be made to visit her.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 10, 1847