The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 11, 1848

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p.1 The Ships That Didn't Go Over the Falls - "a tarnal suck in!" [Niagara Mail]

p.2 The Provincial Show at Cobourg - The Royal Mail Line of Lake Steamers had advertised to take people to the Fair for half-price; Magnet and Princess Royal did, but Princess Royal demanded full price.

p.3 The Steamer Oldfield, plying between Lachine and Carillon, came in collision with a wood barge in the intricate channel below St. Ann's, by which she sustained considerable damage. She sprang a leak beyond the power of the pumps to overcome, and sunk, fortunately, in shallow water, so that no lives were lost. An Ex-Magistrate from the settlements above, of penurious celebrity, happened to be on board when the accident occurred. The passengers, of course, were dreadfully alarmed, much more so than there was any necessity for, but they didn't know that, and so the ladies screamed, and the gentlemen ran about the decks as if in search of some hidden ? whereby to escape from the watery grave which seemed to await them, and there was of course no small ?. In the midst of this glorious confusion our friend fiercely accosted the Purser, and demanded from him the half of his fare. "He had paid a dollar," he said, "to be taken to Carillon, and the boat was sinking ere it had made half the distance."

"What does that signify," the poor Purser remarked, "as we shall be drowned in the course of five minutes more."

"The more need to pay me back my money instantly," was the characteristic reply.

The Purser of course took no further notice of his claim; he was too busy attending to more important matters.



Until further notice, the Subscribers will charge the undermentioned Rates of Freight hence to Kingston:

Salt 10s. per Ton

Pig Iron and Fish 20s. do.

Bar Iron 25s. do.

All other Goods 30s. do.



Montreal, 3rd. Oct., 1848.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 11, 1848