The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 25, 1848

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p.2 Launch of the Phoenix - On Saturday last the new steamer Phoenix, built by Messrs. Macpherson & Crane to ply between Bytown and Grenville, was launched from the building yard in Hull. At three o'clock the steamer Perth left the wharf on this side of the river, conveying a large party to witness the descent of the Phoenix. Although the day was rather cold for the season, quite a number of ladies were on board. On the arrival of the Perth at the place of debarkation, they met a large number of persons who had made the rounds by the Suspension Bridge. All being prepared, Mrs. Robertson, assisted by A. Hooker, Esq. of Prescott, performed the usual ceremony; and, as if all the beautiful vessel needed was the gift of the rosy god from the hands of the fair ambassador, the Phoenix with graceful motion glided swiftly into the bosom of the magnificent Ottawa, amid the cheers of the multitude and the roar of cannon. Quite a number of flags waved on board; and when in the centre of the river her swan-like appearance as compared with the gloomy looking craft around her, was the theme of universal admiration, while cheer after cheer from those on board were returned by the crowds collected on the heights around. After the launch a collation was partaken of on board the Perth. Several appropriate toasts were proposed and responded to. Mr. Hervey, in a very eloquent manner, alluded to the enterprise established by Messrs. Macpherson & Crane in providing steamboat accommodation for the Ottawa people. They were enabled perhaps to do this more effectually than other Companies, but they had shown praiseworthy activity and much enterprise, and it was the duty of the Ottawa people to sustain them. If proof were required, he would merely mention the Phoenix, most appropriately named, as that vessel had risen from the ashes of the Speed, before the disagreeable recollections connected with the burning of the latter were obliterated from the public mind. [Bytown Packet]

The Navigation - Steamboats are still running to Toronto and across the Lake; and the River Boats still descend the St. Lawrence; but things are approaching fast to a stand still for the season. In the course of next week all the steamers will be laid up, with the exception perhaps of the Bay Boats, which will continue to run up to Belleville and Picton as long as the ice permits.

p.3 Extract of a letter dated Toronto, 13th November:- "On my arrival here, I was confined to my bed an entire day, from exhaustion after violent sickness on the lake. We left Kingston on Monday night and did not reach Toronto until six on Wednesday morning, instead of twelve on Tuesday. The gale was terrific, and I was thankful I was on board the Princess Royal, as she has the reputation of being the best seaboat on the lake. In the midst of our distress one of the large feed pipes three inches in diameter broke off in the joint from the straining of the vessel, and we speedily had nearly 3 feet of water in the hold. For some time all efforts to stop the leak were in vain, and I can assure you I felt very queer as I saw the water within a few inches of the furnaces. Had the fires been put out it would have been all up with us. Fortunately the hole was plugged before that took place. During the same gale the schooner Ellen, of Hamilton, was driven ashore near Burlington Bay, her masts gone, and no one on board, all supposed to be drowned.

Accident to the Comet - While on her voyage from Kingston to this port, on the evening of Saturday last, the steamer Comet struck upon the Gull Island shore, about two and a half miles from the Ducks Lighthouse. It was thought advisable to throw overboard about three-fourths of her cargo to lighten her, and she was got off after being ten hours on shore. The value of the goods lost is said to have been nearly £5,000. The weather is said to have been fine. There were 60 passengers on board, including some females. [Globe]

Kingston Marine List.

Vessels Arrived In Port.

Nov. 18th - Schr. Malta, Presqu'Ile, 399 bbls. flour, H. & S. Jones; 3,000 feet lumber, Oswego.

Schr. C.J. Robinson, Port Dover, 1204 bbls. flour, H. & S. Jones; 124 bbls. flour, Quebec Forwarding Company.

Schr. Phoenix, Wellington, 750 bbls. flour, James Fraser.

Fring...?, South Bay, gen. cargo, Macpherson & Crane.

Str. Clifton, Oswego, gen. cargo.

20th - Schr. May Flower, Wellington, 1600 bush. barley, 900 bush. malt, 16 bbls. white fish, James Morton.

Schr. Dianthe, Whitby, 800 bbls. flour, H. & S. Jones & Co.

Scow Wolverine, French Creek, 14 cords fire wood, Edward Leman.

21st - Schr. Clyde, Hamilton, gen. cargo.

Schr. Ocean, Oshawa, flour, pork, lard, ashes, H. & S. Jones; Macpherson & Crane.

Str. Pilot, Montreal, freight, barges in tow.

Schr. Perseverance, Montreal, gen. cargo.

Schr. Clarissa, Port Darlington, 479 bbls. flour, Quebec Forwarding Company; 249 bbls. flour, H. & S. Jones & Co.; 15 1/2 tons bran, G. Garde.

22nd - Barge Tweed, Quebec, gen. cargo.

Schr. W. Wallace, Oswego, gen. cargo

Barge Buck Eye, Montreal, gen. cargo.

Str. Cataract, Oswego, gen. cargo.

Str. Niagara, French Creek.

23rd - Scow Wolverine, French Creek, 13 cords fire wood, Edward Leman.

Schr. Victory, Oswego, 321 bbls. salt, 5 tons Lehigh coal, J. Carruthers.

J.P. Johnson, Oswego, hemp, hides and gen. cargo, E. Browne & Co.

Schr. Dart, Cleveland, tallow, pork, whiskey, and gen. cargo, Hooker & Henderson.

Shickaluna, Oswego, gen. cargo.

Schr. Odd Fellow, Cape Vincent, gen. cargo.

S. Counter, Thorold, 132 bbls. flour, 22 bbls. apples, James Fraser.

Str. Cataract, Ogdensburgh, gen. cargo.

24th - Propeller Racine, Chicago, 865 packages tallow, beef, H. & S. Jones.

Schr. David Tait, Canada, 2078 bush. rye, 13 bbls. pork, H. & S. Jones & Co.

Schr. Elizabeth, Port Glasgow, 30,839 (sic) bush. wheat, 65 kegs butter, Macpherson & Crane.

Schr. Sophia, Toronto, wheat, barley, peas, and flour, Capt. Cox and others.

24th - Schr. Edith, Port Windsor, gen. cargo.

Schr. Manchester, Amherstburgh, gen. cargo.

Schr. J.A. Marsh, Port Hope, gen. cargo.

Str. Farmer, Clayton, in ballast, J. Dawson.

Schr. Arabella, Oswego, in ballast, B. Baker.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 25, 1848