The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 8, 1851

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p.2 Royal Mail River Line - This superb Line of Steamers is definitely composed of the following four vessels, viz. the Highlander, Capt. Stearns; the Ottawa, Capt. Putnam; the Lord Elgin, Capt. Farlinger; and the New Era, Capt. Maxwell. One of these Boats leaves Kingston for Montreal every morning, at half-past five o'clock, making the passage in daylight.

busy week for canal - 140 vessels through. (assumed to mean Welland Canal - no credit given)

Collision on Lake Ontario - The Schooner Jane Ann Marsh, Capt. Janes, left this Port on Friday evening last for Quebec, with a cargo of Flour, had to put back on Saturday morning in consequence of a collision with the Brig Mohawk of Kingston, Capt. Kent. It appears the Mohawk was bound up the Lake with a fine breeze from the North East, and the Jane Anne Marsh heading down about E.S.E. When about two o'clock on Saturday morning the Mohawk approaching too close to the Jane Anne Marsh, was directed to keep away, the answer "aye, aye, Sir," was given, but no alteration being made in the Brig's course, until within 60 or 100 feet of the J.A. Marsh, then the Brig luffed up, taking her topsail back and striking the J.A. Marsh in the starboard after gangway, doing considerable damage. The Mohawk backed and cleared, when Captain Janes hailed the vessel to know who she was, but no answer was given, and the Mohawk proceeded on her way, leaving the J.A. Marsh to sink or swim. Such conduct on the part of Captain Kent is disgraceful, and very reprehensible, as being an old and experienced seaman, he ought to have known and done better than to leave the J.A. Marsh, before he ascertained that she might through the means of his vessel have been so much damaged as to cause her to sink when both lives and property might have been lost, and no one left to tell the melancholy tale.

The Comet - The following letter has some public interest, from the circumstance of its having reference to the late lamentable catastrophe at Oswego.

For the Prescott Telegraph.

Mr. Editor, Sir, - In looking through the Globe of Friday last, I find some hints thrown out to steam boat Proprietors to employ men who truly understand their business, both in Captains and Engineers. I, as a lover of justice, and one of the lucky ones that escaped the fatal accident of the blowing up of the steam boat Comet, fully agree with the Globe. I wish that justice may be done, and let the truth come out. Every body knows, who knows anything about Loyal Davis, the head Engineer of the Comet, that he was a practical Engineer, well qualified to run a boat, and a man of sober habits. I have been acquainted with him for thirteen years, and know him to be so.

Captain O'Connor is a stranger to me; I have taken particular notice of him from the day he came on board the Comet to the time of the melancholy catastrophe; and I do say that Captain Anthony O'Connor is a trustworthy, industrious young man. I cannot, in justice, attach any blame to him, as I at all times found him at his post. It has been whispered about that Captain O'Connor had urged the Engineer to get up a high head of steam, as he was going to run with another boat; this I declare to be false; there was not one steamboat in port at the time.

Yours truly,


Prescott, April 28th, 1851.


7th - Str. Northerner, Oswego, mixed cargo.

Schr. Triton, Oswego, in ballast, owners.

8th - Str. Bay State, Ogdensburgh, mixed cargo.


7th - Schr. California, Oswego, 170,000 feet pine lumber.

Schr. Premier, Oswego, 130,000 feet pine lumber.

Schr. Lewis Goler, Oswego, 60,000 feet pine lumber.

Str. Northerner, Lewiston, passengers and baggage.

Schr. Royal Susan, Oswego, 22,000 feet pine lumber.

8th - Str. Bay State, Lewiston, mixed cargo.

Collectorship of Napanee - appointed Mr. Patrick Carberry, late Clerk in the Kingston Custom House; partly a result of the growing trade to U.S. of lumber and cattle from port of Napanee.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 8, 1851