The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 30, 1851

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Capt. Chambers of the Henry Gildersleeve.

There seems to be a deliberate attempt now making to injure this gentleman in the public estimation. No sooner had the former allegations against him been formally disproved, when lo! another attempt in another form is made to disparage. This is in the shape of a letter from a Mr. English, now of Marysburgh, refused publication in the British Whig, and inserted in the Argus. To this second charge of improper conduct, Capt. Chambers briefly replies as follows, viz.:-

To the Editor of the British Whig.

Kingston, June 28th, 1851.

Dear Sir, - A Mr. English has enlisted the Argus to malign me, by stating what I can prove to be a malicious falsehood. The man was drunk all the way up to the Stone Mills, and as I was not on deck, the steamer was taken in by my mate, Mr. McAuley, who can certify to the truth of my statement. Please say something to this effect, and add my name to the same.

And oblige yours,


The Editor of the Utica Gazette, Dr. Potter, who is out on a pleasure and fishing excursion, thus writes home to his paper:

We left Oswego at 8 o'clock this morning on board the crack boat of the lake, the Ontario, one of the excellent line, some of whose managers are well known and highly esteemed fellow citizens. The boat, though perhaps not strikingly superior, is decidedly not inferior to the others of the same line. It was built at French Creek about three years ago, and is one of the rare specimens of comfort, cleanliness and order, which enhance the pleasures of travelling over a pleasant route. Capt. Throop, a seaman bred and born, now in his 25th year, on these waters, is a captain, whose unostentatious politeness assures all of his desire to consult their comforts, and to us especially, thanks perhaps to our friend Church, who has served his time as Clerk of one of the fine vessels on this line, he was particularly courteous. To him, to his clerk, Mr. Seymour, and the steward, Mr. Wormer, we are indebted for the kindness, which was an important flavor to the trip. [Oswego Times]

Canadian Vessels - Several fine Canadian vessels have visited this port since the opening of navigation. Some of these have been previously noticed, but there is one to which our attention has been specially directed. The one to which we allude is the three masted schooner Briton, owned and commanded by Capt. Gaskin. This fine vessel was built at Kingston, C.W., measures 200 tons, and stows upwards of 1850 barrels under deck. She is constructed of Canadian oak, and fastened in the most throrough manner. Her dimensions are nearly as follows: - length on deck 117 ft., beam 19 ft 6 in., and although very sharp has 38 ft. dead flat. Her main mast is 72 ft. long, foreyard 55 ft., and she spreads more than 1600 yards of canvass. Briton returns to Hamilton with a full freight of sugar, etc. She is intended as a regular trader between C.W. and this port, and has good accommodation for passengers. Capt. Gaskin is well and favorably known to the travelling public, as having long been a steamboat captain on the Lakes. Briton ran from Quebec to Halifax in 4 days 10 hours. [Halifax paper]

Odd Fellows' Excursion - to Gananoque on steamer Highlander; returned in evening by str. New Era.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 30, 1851