The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 5, 1851

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p.2 The Porcupine Safe - Serious apprehensions were entertained on Sunday for the safety of the steamer Porcupine. She left Kingston on Thursday afternoon, with two barges in tow, for Oswego, with the purpose of raising the Comet, and not having reached her destination as late as midday on Saturday, and no intelligence having been heard of her, just fears were entertained that she had gone down in the fearful snow squall that occurred three hours after she left port. Mr. McPherson, one of her owners, on Saturday morning, chartered the Scotland steamer, to seek for her; but in the evening, the grateful information arrived that the Porcupine was safe at Oswego.


2nd - Schr. Royalist, Chatham, 12,000 pipe staves, D. McIntosh.

Str. Northerner, Oswego, mixed cargo.

3rd - Str. Bay State, Ogdensburgh, mixed cargo.

Schr. Lord Seaton, River St. Clair, 97 pieces oak timber, Calvin & Cook.

Schr. Susannah, Oswego, 20 bbls. salt, W. Ryerse.

Str. Scotland, Montreal, mixed cargo.


2nd - Ferry boat Farmer, Cape Vincent, 25 cows, 1 steer.

Str. Northerner, Ogdensburgh, 2 horses.

3rd - Str. Bay State, Lewiston, mixed cargo.

Schr. Miranda, Cleveland, 1362 bars railroad iron.


At a meeting of the Common Council of the City of Kingston, held on Monday the 28th day of April instant, the following resolutions were unanimously adopted and ordered to be published in the City papers.

Moved by Alderman McKenzie, seconded by Alderman Campbell, and

Resolved - That the thanks of the Mayor, Aldermen, and Commonalty of the City of Kingston, be given to the Authorities and Citizens of Oswego for the prompt and generous assistance rendered by them to the Captain and Crew of the steamboat Comet of the port of Kingston, on the occasion of the dreadful accident which destroyed that vessel in the Harbor of Oswego on the Twenty-first instant, and for their kind and humane attention to the survivors of the disaster; their exertions in recovering the bodies of the dead from the waters, and for the praiseworthy facilities afforded by them for conveying the remains of the unfortunate men who lost their lives by the melancholy event, with every becoming decency and respect to their families and friends in Kingston.

Moved by Alderman Ford, Seconded by Alderman Jackson, and

Resolved - That the thanks of the Mayor, Aldermen, and Commonalty of the City of Kingston be given to R.F. Childs Esq., Captain of the United States Steamboat Northerner, for his kind and courteous conduct on the mournful occasion of the removal to Kingston of the remains of several of its citizens who perished in the harbor of Oswego on the 21st instant by the explosion of the Boiler of the steamboat Comet, of Kingston, and to the Captains of the several other United States Steamboats running between the ports of Oswego and Kingston for their uniform kindness evinced by them on board of their respective Boats to such of the Citizens of Kingston as had to visit Oswego, owing to the deaths and sufferings caused there by that disastrous occurrence.

Moved by Alderman O'Reilly, Seconded by Alderman Jackson, and

Resolved - That copies of the foregoing resolutions be sent to the Mayor of Oswego, and to the several Captains of the United States Line of Steamboats plying between the ports of Oswego and Kingston.

M. FLANAGAN, City Clerk.

April 30th, 1851.

p.3 ads for steamers Passport, Prince of Wales, New Era, Cataract, and Ontario. May 5th.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 5, 1851