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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 7, 1851

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We publish below the resolutions passed by the passengers of the Admiral on her late unfortunate trip. The expression of confidence in Capt. Kerr is richly merited, and will be readily responded to by the travelling public generally.

The second resolution, which is calculated to cast censure upon Mr. Bethune and the managers of the line to which the Admiral belongs, was probably drawn under a misapprehension, and it is proper that an explanation should go forth to the public with the resolution. The facts are briefly as follows: As soon as practicable after the non-arrival of the Admiral at Rochester, on Friday, Mr. Darling, the Agent there, telegraphed to Toronto to ascertain her whereabouts, but owing to the disarrangement of the wires of the Canada Line, the message was delayed several hours. When a communication had been established and all the facts relating to the sailing of the steamer from Coburg at her proper time were understood, Mr. Bethune procured a crew for the steamer America, then lying up at Toronto, and despatched her while the gale yet prevailed in search of the Admiral, and while these resolutions were being passed, that hardy seaman and gentleman Capt. Taylor, was cruising about the foot of the Lake with the America in quest of the missing steamer. Capt. Taylor, to his credit be it said, left his own vessel, then lying in safety in Toronto, to second the efforts of Mr. Bethune for the rescue of the passengers of the Admiral. That he did not find them before the brig Saxon was not his fault.

A despatch arrived at Toronto to the effect that the Admiral was ashore at Long Point. Mr. Bethune promptly despatched the Passport thither. That gentleman certainly did all in his power to relieve the disabled steamer.

Mr. Darling, the Agent at Rochester, had no steamer at his disposal to go after the Admiral, but he sent despatches to all points on the Lake where a lookout could be kept for information as to her whereabouts, or assistance rendered. With this explanation we insert the resolutions of the Passengers.

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.


4th - Schr. London, Port Hope, 752 bbls. flour, 27 bbls. oat meal, 227 kegs butter, 10 bbls. pork, Macpherson & Crane.

Barge Columbia, Montreal, 1435 bars iron, Jas. Fraser.

Scow James Morton, Cape Vincent, 32 baskets champagne.

5th - Str. Ontario, Oswego, mixed cargo.

6th - Str. Cataract, Ogdensburgh, mixed cargo.

Brig Ocean, Ogdensburgh, in ballast.


4th - Scow James Morton, Cape Vincent, 41 cords firewood.

6th - Str. Ontario, Ogdensburgh, passengers and baggage.

Sale of Sugars, etc. Direct From Halifax - This sale so long advertised would have taken place early this week, but the Briton, which has the goods on board, has been lying several days at Lachine, for want of a Government steam tug. This delay may cost much delay to the owner of the goods, who has requested us to draw the attention of the public towards the fact.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 7, 1851