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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 8, 1850


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Kingston Imports.

May 6th - Str. Sovereign, Toronto, gen. cargo.

Schr. T.L. Ranney, Bear Creek, 1550 staves, Calvin, Cook & Co.

Str. Comet, Montreal, 2 cases goods, William Wilson.

Str. Ontario, Lewiston, gen. cargo.

Str. Cataract, Ogdensburgh, gen. cargo.

LOSS OF THE STEAMER COMMERCE.

38 LIVES LOST

Buffalo, May 7, 6 P.M.

Another Shocking Steamboat Accident and Terrible Loss of Life!

The steamers Despatch and Commerce came into collision last night near Port Maitland, on the Canada side of Lake Erie, in consequence of which the Commerce was sunk. She had on board 150 British soldiers belonging to the 23rd Regiment. One officer and 24 soldiers were drowned, and 13 women and children, making 38 in all. She sank in 8 fathoms water. The Commerce was owned by Messrs. McPherson & Crane, Kingston. It appears that the Commerce had but one light, and that at her masthead, and was at first mistaken for a schooner. According to present accounts the blame lies altogether with the Commerce, as she persisted in crossing the course of the Despatch while making the light house, the latter stopping her engine, but unhappily too late to prevent the collision. The Commerce received the shock in the starboard bow, and nothing could equal the instant confusion and terror cries of men and shrieks of women and children. The Despatch is now in this harbor having received no injury.

GOVERNMENT SALE.

Will be Sold by Public Auction, at the Dock Yard, Point Frederick, on Wednesday, the 22nd instant, Her Majesty's Steam Propeller UNION, with her Machinery, Rigging, Stores, and Furniture, put up in lots as follows, viz.:-

The Hull,

The Engine,

Rigging,

Ship's Stores,

Furniture.

The three last mentioned items will be subdivided to suit purchasers.

Sale to commence at eleven o'clock, A.M. Terms Cash.

Commissariat,

Kingston, 7th May, 1850.

Through Line

The Steamer

PASSPORT,

Capt. Bowen,

Will leave Kingston this evening, at 6 o'clock, for Toronto and Hamilton.

Kingston, May 8th, 1850.


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Date of Original:
May 8, 1850
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KN.5952
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
Rick Neilson
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 8, 1850