The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 1, 1850

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p.2 Sale of H.M.S. Cherokee & Minos - We bespeak public attention to the advertisement in to-days Whig, respecting the sale by tender of the above named valuable war-steamers. The Cherokee can be lighted and taken down to tidewater, and the Minos be made highly serviceable on Lakes Erie and Huron.


The Cleveland Plaindealer furnishes the following additional particulars with regard to the appalling disaster:

In company with the Mayor, several members of the Council, and many citizens, we visited yesterday the scene of this terrible disaster. We met the Sylph with between 20 and 30 bodies on board on their way to this port, in charge of Mr. Stockley, who had been all picking them up.

On nearing the fatal spot the blackened remains of the steamer were seen, its smoke pipes still standing, the upper part of the engine and boilers and the skeletons of its huge wheels visible above the water. It lies in 8 feet water, and about one fourth of a mile from land. The citizens of Lake County, who had volunteered their assistance, had been tired out with labor and excitement, and were then attending to the burial of the dead. The high bank overlooking the wreck had been visited by a thousand spectators through the day. The heights were still lined with them and we ascended the steep to look upon the scene and gather what information we could concerning the event.

A hat full of silver watches taken from the emigrants with several gold ones were in the possession of the Coroner, also several thousand dollars in money. Among the bodies was that of a well dressed young man whose name was ascertained to be J.R. Munson, said to be from Connecticut and bound for Toledo. On his person was found nine $100 bills and other money to the amount of $1,160 and a gold watch.

The clerk and mate thought that there were about 300 persons on board, all told; 30 saved, 150 dead bodies recovered, which would leave about 120 yet to be accounted for.

Capt. Roby had just bought seven-eights of the boat, the engineer owning the other eighth.

The evidence before the Coroner's Jury (held at Salle Co.) was given by the First and Second Mates and the First Engineer of the ill-fated steamer. The testimony of the Engineer is, that he did "not discover the Fire until the Second Mate gave the alarm. I then discovered the fire to be under the deck, (main deck, I suppose,) by looking through two auger holes. It appeared to be one sheet of fire on the under side. We got the hose in operation in less than three minutes. It did not seem more than ten minutes before the fire drove them away. I am part owner in the boat, and believe that she was well secured from fire. I can hardly imagine how she took fire; but it is my impression that the fire caught at or near the bulk head, near the freight hold. Suppose that there were 250 passengers and 26 hands. The boats were prepared to launch but were not let down while the boat was in motion, because he thought they would be swamped and made useless; but when the time had arrived for lowering the boats, the fire had so increased that they could not get to them.

The verdict of the Jury lays no blame at anybody's door.

Steamer Princess Royal - She has long been celebrated for her speed, for her good qualities as a sea boat, and last, not least, for the good management of her popular captain, and her excellent dinners. Having, during the past winter, had a large and elegant deck Saloon added, she is now one of the first boats on the lake. Neither the City nor the Magnet can be compared to her. [Coburg Star]


Kingston Imports.

June 28th - Str. Northerner, Oswego, gen. cargo.

Scow James Morton, Wolfe Island, 30 cords fire wood for James Morton.

Str. Cataract, Oswego, gen. cargo.

June 29th - Str. Bay State, Ogdensburgh, gen. cargo.

Schr. Welland, Ogdensburgh, in ballast.

Schr. Scotia, R. Sydenham, 15,479 staves, Calvin & Cook; 2500 feet walnut and cherry lumber, P. Penitentiary; 42 bbls. flour and 15 bbls. pork, McPherson & Crane.




The Fast Sailing Steamer


Capt. Bonter.

Will leave River Trent on the evening of the 3rd of July, and calling at all the intermediate Ports downwards. Will leave McLennan's Wharf, Kingston, at 7 o'clock, on the morning of the 4th July, arriving at Sackets Harbor in time to witness all the display attending the celebration of that day, and returning to Kingston same evening.

Fare:- From the Bay and returning, $1; from Kingston and returning, 2s. 6d.

A Brass Band will be in attendance.

July 1st, 1850.

ads for steamers Cataract, Fashion, New Era, Henry Gildersleeve, Canada, Beaver, and Princess Royal. July 1st, 1850.

Sale of Her Majesty's Steam Vessels.


Lying at the Naval Yard, Kingston, and


Lying at Port Maitland, Grand River,

Fitted with Marine Engines, and with Sails,

Chains, Anchors, Boats, Hawsers,etc.

For further particulars, and permission to view the Vessels, apply to David Taylor, Esq., Naval Yard, Kingston, or to Mr. Hatch, on board H.M.S.V. Minos, at Port Maitland, Grand River, Lake Erie.

Sealed Tenders for the purchase of these Vessels, separately, will be received before the First day of August, 1850, and will be opened at noon of that day precisely.

All Tenders to be addressed to D. Taylor, Esq., Naval Yard, Kingston, marked on the outside "Tender for purchase of H.M.S. ___," specifying the sums offered in Halifax Currency, and giving the names of two responsible securities.

One third of the purchase money to be paid into one of the Chartered Banks at Kingston on or before the 3rd of August, 1850, by the persons whose Tenders may be accepted, and the remainder before the removal of the vessels, for which one month will be allowed.

(Signed) FREDk. C. HERBERT,

Lieutenant and Commander H.M.S.V. Mohawk, and Senior Naval Officer.

Kingston, June 27th, 1850.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 1, 1850