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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 24, 1848

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p.1 Tyranny, Persecution and Injustice! - the politics of moving Custom Collector R.K. Bullock of Dickenson's Landing around. [Cornwall Observer]

p.3 Steamboat Accident - Yesterday morning, as the little steamer Empire, owned by Capt. Bonter, of Belleville, and sailed by his son, was entering the port of Kingston, a sudden squall from the south took her as she rounded the new pier on Messrs. Macpherson & Crane's wharf, and she capsized and sunk in eight feet of water. She was laden with flour and potash, and had a few passengers on board, at the time of the accident, who were, with some difficulty, rescued from their perilous situation. In the course of the day, two large barges were alongside, engaged in the task of raising her, and when we last heard from her, their efforts were in a fair way of proving successful.


We learn that the accident which befel the steamer Dawn was witnessed by a boatman. He states that there was a raft ahead of the steamer when she entered the rapid, and it appeared to him that the person in command was afraid of running into it, to avoid which he put the steamer's head up the stream, and thus endeavored to lay by, so as to give the raft time to get clear. However, the vessel was so far advanced as to render it impossible for her to stem the current. She was then again turned round, and while this was being done, struck on the rock. We understand that Mr. Cantin, the shipbuilder, has proceeded to the wreck to try if she can be got off. There is some doubt, however, whether he will be successful. A letter from the captain states that she opened in several places, and that one of her boilers was lifted completely out of her. We were in error in supposing that there were any passengers on board. It appears that they had left her the preceding night at Lachine, and that the people seen on board must have been the crew only, who were all safe when she was heard from last. [Montreal Herald]

The Dawn had on board 2000 barrels of flour, belonging to different firms in town, the whole of which we understand was fully insured. The steamer herself was insured to the tune of £3,500, which is, however, far from being her real value. Since the annexed letter, from the Captain of the Dawn, was handed to us, we hear that his apprehensions have been borne out by the event, a large raft having come in contact with the unfortunate steamer and carried off a large portion of her bulwarks. The Dawn was built at Brockville, and was owned by our enterprising Forwarding Company, Messrs. H. Jones & Co.:

Steamer Dawn,

Tuesday morning, June 20th, 1848.

Gentlemen: We left Lachine this morning to run the Lachine Rapids, with Jock, the Indian, as our pilot, and, in descending the Rapids, we struck several times, and we are now aground on the rocks opposite the island that has the telegraph pole on. We threw overboard all our deckload, in hopes of lightening her, to get off, but could not do it. We are now filled with water, and are afraid that the vessel is very much injured. Her seams are all open, and engine frame a good deal removed from line, and our boiler removed from its place.

You will please send us two barges, and some assistance as soon as possible, as I fear some rafts will run into us.

I remain, Gentlemen,

Your obedient servant,


Messrs. H. Jones & Co.

We are informed that no hopes are entertained of saving the Dawn, and that exertions are being made to get out the machinery, cargo, etc. [Courier]

The Dawn - This vessel is still on the rocks at the rapid. We learn that Messrs. Jones sent a steamer up to her last night, and hope to save, at least, the engine. Nothing had been heard of her in town up to last night. [Montreal Herald, June 22nd]

Steamer Niagara - This steamer was raised on Thursday last, after having been stranded for seven weeks and two days, during the greater part of which time a large number of men were employed under the direction of Mr. Weeks, of Oswego, in the attempt to move her, but without success. The proprietors then employed Mr. Lewis Ives, of this city, with the desired result. The Niagara has been taken out at Oswego, and it is said will be prepared, in about a month, to resume her place upon the line. [News]

Kingston Marine List.

Vessels Arrived In Port.

June 20th - Str. Lady of the Lake, Rochester, gen. cargo.

21st - Brigantine Woodman, Wellington, 1807 bbls. flour, 7 bbls. pork, 2000 bush. rye, Hooker, Henderson & Co.

Str. Prince of Wales, River Trent, gen. cargo.

Str. Prince Albert, Bytown, 2 bbls. pork, J. McGunn.

Str. Rochester, Oswego, gen. cargo.

22nd - Schr. Erin, Toledo, 4971 bush. corn, 5 bbls. lard oil, James Morton.

Schr. Mobile, Sacket's Harbor, 22 bbls. pork, Macpherson & Crane.

23rd - Schr. Jane & Eliza, St. Catharines, 1200 bbls. flour, Macpherson & Crane.

Str. Admiral, Lewiston, gen. cargo.

Str. City of Kingston, Montreal, barges in tow.

Cedar Island Fund - statement of payments made to families of men drowned in 1846 accident.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 24, 1848