The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 14, 1847

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p.3 The Steamer Queen - When a journalist in making a statement touching any local occurrence, falls into error, on some unimportant matter, he is sure to be pounced upon, as if he had made some wilful misstatement. Capt. John Berry, of the steamer Queen, contradicts the assertion, that the Oswego mob tore down the British Colors on board that vessel, and trampled them underfoot. As Capt. John Berry says so, we take it for granted, that the honored flag was not trampled on; still, it was every where so stated, and every where so believed; and Capt. John Berry might have been a little more polite in his contradiction, especially as the account in the British Whig was otherwise not incorrect. As to the pulling down of the colors, the Syracuse Journal and other papers broadly assert that they were pulled down, but are silent as to the trampling under foot. This may be a distinction, though not a difference. Hear what that paper says:- "There were about 200 engaged in the fight. The British steamer Queen Victoria was taken, and her crew were badly flogged, after which her anchors were dropped and her colors pulled down. The riot lasted about three hours, nor was it quelled until the riot act was read, and the troops called out with loaded muskets." In one opinion every person agrees with us: that all British subjects who go to Yankee land to celebrate the 4th July, deserve to be maltreated; and all we regret is, that every mother's son on board the Queen did not get his bones broke.

Landing of Emigrants - another letter about crowded wharves, poor water, etc.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 14, 1847