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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 26, 1850

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p.2 Important to Ship-Owners - new Custom Regulations sent to all Customs Houses - reports must be filed; part of an act passed at late session of Provincial Legislature, of 12 Vic. chap. 1. (almost full column)



The Schooner C.P. THOMPSON, now lying at Port Stanley, capable of carrying 7,000 bushels of wheat, will be sold there at Auction, on 3rd April next, on account of those interested if not previously disposed of by Private Sale. Parties engaged in Lumber and Stave business will find this a desirable investment. The vessel requires but trifling outlay to put her in sailing order.

Terms liberal - made known on the day of sale.

For further particulars, enquire of

MACPHERSON & CRANE, Kingston or Toronto;

Or, S.F. HOLCOMB, Port Stanley.

Hamilton, 22nd March, 1850.


Notice is hereby given, that during the ensuing Season, and until further notice, the Light in the Light House in Kingston Harbor, will be discontinued.

By order of the Common Council.

M. FLANAGAN, City Clerk.

City Clerk's Office,

City Hall, March 25th, 1850.

Buffalo, March 25th.



On Saturday afternoon our city was thrown into the greatest consternation by the report of the explosion of the steamer Troy in the Niagara River about 2 miles from Buffalo, and the probable loss of ten or twelve lives. She was on her first trip this spring from Toledo, she was sailed by Capt. Thos. Wilkins a veteran master for the Lakes. The Engineer in charge was Levy L. Post an experienced Engineer. The Troy had been in sight of our city several hours trying trying to work a passage through the ice to the north of the Creek; but being unable to do so was on her way to Black Rock. Immediately before the accident she had been backed and Capt. Wilkins had just rung the bell for her to go ahead when in making one revolution the boiler burst with a tremendous explosion - the report of which was distinctly heard at the distance of several miles. Her main and upper decks were completely demolished, from the wheel house as far forward as the mast. Some four feet abaft the pilot house where were many of the passengers and crew, in that part of the boat they were terribly scalded by the escape of steam - or frightfully bruised by the falling fragments, while several were thrown overboard by the explosion into the cool and swift current of the river, and among pieces of the boat and floating ice, it is impossible as yet to ascertain the number of those thrown overboard. Several were picked up by small boats which were soon at the scene of the disaster; but it is morally certain that some must have found a watery grave. From the most reliable information we can get, we think that two men were certainly drowned. The maimed and scalded uttered the most heartrending groans and shrieks of pain and anguish, while scarcely less affecting was the grief of the relatives and friends of the dead and dying. The boiler was nearly full of water when it exploded, and the head of steam was not hight. The fracture happened in the bottom plate, which is rather thin. It is a boiler said to have been taken from the Fulton several years since, rather old, but thought to be perfectly safe.

Yesterday, Sunday, a Coroner's Jury was called to investigate the cause of the accident. We suspend any opinion until it shall be known what facts are made to appear by the enquiry. The following is a list of those ascertained to be killed:- Levi L. Post, Engineer; Nicholas S. Eland, Peter Zeland, Wm. Worthington, Daniel Buckley, Thomas Grant, Andrew Martin.

We do not include in the killed the name of Dr. Ryal Wright of Syracuse who has not been found. He was probably thrown into the river and drowned. A person answering to his description was seen clinging to a cake of ice and afterwards went down.

The Coroner's inquest meets again this morning at 10 o'clock.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 26, 1850