The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 1, 1851

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p.2 The British steamer Admiral, Captain Kerr, left Cobourg on Thursday evening for Rochester, and at about two o'clock in the morning, broke a crank pin which disabled her machinery. She was unable to make a port and drifted about until Monday morning when the brig Saxon, Capt. Davis took her in tow about 25 miles from the south shore, and brought her into this port. The Admiral had 85 passengers among whom much solicitude and some inconvenience had been experienced. At a meeting of the passengers on board the Admiral the following resolutions were unanimously adopted:

Resolved, That we, the passengers on board the Steamboat Admiral, in her unfortunate trip from Toronto to Rochester on Thursday October 23rd, 1851, do hereby beg to record our personal obligations, (under Almighty God) to Capt. Rob't Kerr, for his watchful vigilance and unremitting attention to his duties as Commander, after the unavoidable accident which disabled the machinery of the vessel, and rendered her almost unmanageable. We also express our confidence in the competency and skill in the position he fills, and testify to his anxious efforts to render the passengers as comfortable as he possibly could during the period of four days, in which we have been drifting on the waters of the Lake.

Resolved, That while we hope there may have been some effort put forth by the owners of the Admiral, to secure if possible, the safety of the Boat, and the lives of the passengers and crew, we cannot but express our surprise that we should have been floating for four days, without the intervention of some steamboat to offer assistance.

Resolved, That we also testify to the prompt efforts put forth by the commanders of schooners Ardelia, Mobile, and Caledonia, and the brig Saxon, to render us help under our unfortunate circumstances, the fourth day after our disaster.

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be furnished to Mr. Bethune and the owners of this boat, with a request that they may furnish such explanations as may exonerate them if possible from blame.

WM. CLARK, Chairman.

JOHN DINGLE, Secretary.


29th - Steamer America, Oswego, Steamer Admiral in tow.

30th - Schr. May Flower, Wellington, 2200 bushels rye, 800 bushels barley, James Morton.

Schr. Lewis Goler, Oswego, in ballast.

Str. Cataract, Oswego, mixed cargo.

Schr. Conductor, Oswego, mixed cargo.

31st - Sr. Niagara, Ogdensburgh.

Propeller Vermont, Ogdensburgh, gen. merchandize for Buffalo.


30th - Ferry boat Farmer, Cape Vincent, livestock.

Schr. Lewis Goler, Oswego, 47,600 feet sawed lumber, 400 bdls. shingles.

Schr. Royal Susan, Oswego, 85,000 feet sawed lumber.

Schr. Ellen Bronson, Oswego, 55,000 feet sawed lumber.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 1, 1851