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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 17, 1851

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p.2 Shortest Trip Yet From Kingston to Montreal - The fine fast sailing Schooner Sophia, Captain Kidd, made the run from Kingston to Montreal, in 36 hours, coming through the canals, with a full load, drawing 9 feet water. This comes near the Hon. Mr. Merritt's promises, when in the Board of Works, and speaks volumes in favor of our internal navigation.

The Schooner John Coleman, of Toronto, arrived in Halifax on the 2nd inst., after a passage of 21 days.


We are sorry to have to state, that the steamer Forester, on Rice Lake, burst her boiler on Tuesday last. She left Peterboro in the morning for Gore's Landing, and just as she passed the New Bridge over the Otonabee River, and while taking on board a passenger, the boiler burst, blowing the bow and forward deck, with all about it, some hundreds of feet into the river. One of the firemen being at the time below, was driven out with the rush of steam, and not seen after. There was sad confusion. Two horses, fastened to the capstan on deck, were thrown many yards into the river - one of them swam through a dense swamp very much scorched and otherwise injured. The accident is said to have happened from not blowing off steam when the boat stopped. It is said of the Captain that he knew nothing about boating and steam, and the Engineer is said to be a young man from the old country last year, who says he was employed in the line at home.

It is a crying evil in this Province, that there is no Legislative provision in regard to steamers, and the appointment of qualified persons to act as Engineers on board of them. The lives of passengers are daily exposed to danger, by the incompetency of parties employed as Engineers, and in other capacities, on board of some of the steamers on our inland waters. This should not be; and the Government and Legislature are highly culpable in allowing such a state of things to continue. The subject is one of the greatest importance, and we trust that not a day will be lost in taking it up and legislating upon it, in such way as to afford the public security for life and property, when travelling by steamers, as far as that can be done by Legislative enactment. It were worse than criminal to omit this, now that Parliament is sitting, and that the necessity for Legislative interference cannot be disputed, but on the contrary is loudly called for on all hands. [Colonist]

*Our contemporary is in error about no Legislative provision being made with regard to Steamboats, - a Bill is now before the House for that purpose, the provisions of which were made known in the British Whig, a short time since, by a Toronto Correspondent. Those at the Seat of Government should pay a little more attention to the "doings" in Parliament.


16th - Str. Bay State, Ogdensburgh, passengers and baggage.

Schr. Ellen, Montreal, mixed cargo.

Schr. Jenny Lind, Chatham, 5480 West India and Standard staves, D. McIntosh.

Schr. Tom Dick, French Creek, 600 bushels sand, J. McSourley.

Schr. Gen. Wolfe, Plymton, 46 pieces white oak timber, Calvin & Cook.

Schr. Ocean, Whitby, 250 bbls. flour, 4772 bush. wheat, Gillespie & Moffatt.

Schr. Prince Edward, Milford, 550 bbls. flour, 700 feet lumber, McKeever.

Schr. Lairnia (sic), Ogdensburgh, mixed cargo.

Str. Northerner, Oswego, mixed cargo.

Schr. Lewis Goler, in ballast.


16th - Str. Bay State, Lewiston, 1 lot lumber.

Scow James Morton, Oswego, 556 railroad ties, 60 P. Stones.

Schr. Boulton, Oswego, 40,000 feet sawed lumber.

Schr. Lairnia, Cleveland, 2 toise stone ballast.

Schr. California, Oswego, 8,200 bush. oats, 900 bush. potatoes, 50,000 shingles, 20,000 feet lumber.

Str. Northerner, Ogdensburgh, mixed cargo.

Schr. Royal Susan, Oswego, 90,000 feet sawed lumber.

Schr. Lewis Goler, Oswego, 6,700 feet sawed lumber.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 17, 1851