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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 11, 1851

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The season is now so far advanced that regularity in the movements of steamboats cannot be expected. The travelling community can still depend upon finding at Kingston, a daily boat going down the river; a daily boat to Toronto and Hamilton; a daily boat to Belleville and Picton; an occasional boat to Bytown; and an American boat up and down several times a week. There are boats enough running, but their goings and comings are irregular.

The number of steamboat accidents this season on Lake Ontario and the River St. Lawrence is really unparalleled. Of course nobody is to blame, none of them could have been avoided - these are admitted and indisputable facts - nevertheless, the public cannot help thinking that the greatest portion of them might not have happened, had due precaution been exercised. It is inconceivable how two vessels, the pilots of which see each other, must come together and do damage. Either the laws of navigation on inland waters are at fault, or the navigators themselves are culpably negligent. The parties chiefly interested are Insurance Companies and Steamboat Owners - the public can insure against loss - and we recommend to these gentlemen the immediate formation of a permanent Joint Committee, to examine minutely into every case of accident, and to punish severely, in ways best known to themselves, every person against whom negligence can be established.

On the night of the 24th October, the Prince Albert in endeavouring to take the Long Point Cut for a harbour, struck the bottom heavily and carried away the rudder, and became unmanageable and was driven ashore and she filled immediately; the Crew had a narrow escape for their lives, the vessel soon became a total wreck; she was partly insured in the North Western Insurance Company. By the assistance of Capt. Trowell and Crew of the Vandalia, the materials, rigging, etc. were saved and put on board the Vandalia, but unfortunately on her passage up a collision took place between her and the Schooner Fashion of Buffalo, at about half past four on the morning of Monday, the Vandalia was cut down to the waters edge, she had about 60 tons of merchandize for this place and 32 persons on board including the Crews of both vessels. Capt. Trowell was carried off by the Schooner Fashion and could not prevail on the Capt. of the Fashion to lower his boat and take him to the Vandalia and endeavour to save the Crews and passengers from the vessel which was sinking fast. As the Vandalia could not be saved Captain Taylor ordered the boats to be lowered unfortunately one boat was broken and was of no use, he then proceeded to the Fashion, and put part of the Crew and passengers on board, and with the assistance of the Fashion's boat Capt. Trowell saved the remainder of the Crew and passengers. The Schooner Columbia bound down hove in sight and the Crew and passengers were transferred to her and landed at the Rond Eau.


9th - Schr. Lewis Goler, Oswego, in ballast.

Str Cataract, do., mixed cargo.

10th - Str. Cataract, Ogdensburgh, mixed cargo.

Schr. Hope, Oshawa, 500 bbls flour, D. Prentiss; 100 bbls flour and 1,000 bush wheat; H. & S. Jones.

Schr. Elizabeth, Gananoque, 156 bbls flour and 3 1/2 tons bran, J. Meer & Co.; 22 bbls flour, Hugh Ross; 30 bars iron, J. Fraser.

Schr. Leander, Port Hope, 1435 bbls flour, W. Bowen; 24 1/2 tons brand, R. Carson.

Scow Paul Jones, Orleans, 12 cords wood.

Railroad Meeting of Yesterday - resolutions passed in favor of canal across Long Island to Cape Vincent.

The steamer Maple Leaf has returned to her station on the Lake Ontario Line between Ogdensburg and Hamilton. She leaves Ogdensburg on the evening of Monday and Thursday, so that passengers from Montreal by the 11 o'clock boat to Laprairie, on those days, can reach Kingston next morning early, and Toronto in the evening.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 11, 1851