The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 24, 1847

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p.3 The Steamer Magnet - We regret to learn that the steamer Magnet met with a casualty a short distance from the Beauharnois Canal, having struck a rock with such force that it pierced the bottom of the vessel. The Magnet was returning from a trip to Montreal. Her passengers came up by the Mail steamer last evening. [News]

We mentioned some time ago in noticing the completion of the Lachine Canal, that steamers of the largest size were expected to make use of the locks this season. We have great pleasure in announcing that that expectation has been fulfilled. On Monday night the Steamer Magnet, arrived at the canal basin, which she left again yesterday, at 12 o'clock, on the voyage direct to Hamilton. This vessel is that, which gave rise to a discussion last session, on the conduct of the Imperial Government, which had advanced Captain Sutherland a large sum, for the purpose of building her, on condition of certain contingent services to be rendered, in case they were required. The proprietors of the old steamboats, applied to the Provincial Parliament, to remonstrate with the Government for what it had done; and to claim from it a similar favor, for every boat on Lake Ontario, - and they were laughed at for their pains. The Magnet is an iron vessel of about 600 tons burden, and 90 horse power. She is 181 feet long, and 45 1/2 feet broad, with a considerable depth of hold. She has an upper or promenade deck from stem to stem, below which is the ladies' cabin. The gentlemen's cabin is fitted up with thirty-four sleeping berths, and the whole of the apartments, though remarkable for plainness, seem to be particularly good. She draws about 6 feet water when light, and about 9 feet loaded. The Magnet is expected to make the passage from Lachine to Hamilton in 36 hours; she will, of course, come downwards in somewhat less time. His Excellency the Governor-General inspected the Magnet yesterday, and, we understand, expressed himself very much pleased with her arrangements. [Montreal Herald]

Sabbath Observance - A meeting was held at St. Catharines on the 20th ult., for the purpose of taking into consideration the propriety of having the Welland Canal closed for business on the Sabbath. Several resolutions were passed, requesting the Magistrates to arrest and punish all who violated a statute which already exists against laboring on this day. We have no doubt that the noise and the scenes which take place along the Canal are annoying and scandalous to the soberly inclined of St. Catharines, but we think the object would have been better attained by Memorializing the Government on the subject. The Welland Canal is a Provincial work, and if the proper authorities permit business to be transacted, we question whether the interference of Magistrates will put a stop to the evil complained of. [Hamilton Spectator]

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 24, 1847