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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 15, 1881

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The Jury In The London Inquest Hand In A Peculiar Verdict.

London, Ont., June 14th - The following is the verdict in the Victoria investigation. "We do find that the capsizing of the steamer Victoria was caused by water in the hold. We believe that the water leaked in through a hole stove in the bottom from some unknown cause. We suppose that this injury was caused by coming in contact with a stone, or snag in the river. We are also convinced from the evidence adduced that the boiler was not securely fastened, and that the stanchions supporting the promenade and hurricane decks were of too slender a nature, and made chiefly of pine, and not properly braced. We are also of the opinion that the engineer was guilty of great negligence in the discharge of his duty in not seeing that the hold was clear of water, and in not conveying in person to the captain information of the dangerous condition of the boat. We think that the captain was to blame in accepting the dual position of captain and wheelsman, which prevented him from giving his individual attention to the proper management of the boat. We are also of opinion he was to blame for leaving Spring bank without making a proper examination of his boat, as there was undoubtedly water in the hold at that time. We are further of the opinion that the manager did not do his duty in not employing sufficient hands to man his boat, and that he should have had the boat inspected and a certificate for the same. The jury think that the Government Inspector deserves blame for the manner in which he inspected and passed the boat Victoria last year, as, from the evidence, her upper construction was not fit to carry a large load of passengers; and we would strongly urge upon the Government the necessity of making more stringent inspection regulations in regard to passenger steamers.


The schr. B.W. Folger is loading iron ore at Belleville for Charlotte.

The schr. Richardson is now on Lake Erie and will probably arrive at Collinsby on Friday or Saturday.

The schr. Eureka has arrived from Ogdensburg where she has taken a load of grain from Port Dalhousie. She will load stone for Charlotte on p.t.

The steam barge Van Allen and schr. Lewis Ross have been chartered to load at the M.T. Co.'s wharf 700 tons of rail road iron for Milwaukee at $1.25.

This morning the barge Huron arrived with railroad iron for the K. & P.R.R. Considerable of this freight is now piled along the esplanade. Vessels cannot take it away as fast as it arrives.

Captains and sailors who arrive on the various schooners, and who expect letters, may find correspondence for them by calling at the Sailors' Union. A letter depository has been there established.

A crew was forced off the Canadian schooner Herbert Dudley at Chicago on Friday night. The captain reported the case to the British Counsel and asked for protection. The officers of the Union deny any knowledge of the case and say that Union seamen had nothing whatever to do with it.


Schr. John Wesley, Deseronto, lumber.

Schr. Ocean Wave, Toronto, 5,335 wht.

Schr. American, Chicago, 19,159 corn.

Str. Algerian, Hamilton, pass. and fgt.

Str. Passport, Montreal, pass. and fgt.

Prop. Armenia, Toronto, pass. and fgt.

Prop. Persia, St. Catharines, pass. and fgt.

Prop. Cuba, Ogdensburg, pass. and fgt.

Str. Edith Sewell, Sacketts Harbor, light.

Prop. Lake Ontario, Toledo, lightened 4,500 bush. corn.

Welland Canal - Passed Down.

Schr. Grantham, Tryconnell, timber.

Schr. J.M. Scott, Chicago, corn.

Schr. Samaria, Chicago, corn.

Schr. W.J. Preston, Chicago, corn.

Collinsby Timber Arrivals.

Schr. Mary Jane, Detroit, timber.

Schr. M.C. Upper, Toledo, timber.

p.3 Harvest Queen Case - The plaintiff in this case is in the city procuring the evidence of George Ledford, who contradicts the story of another of the crew in regard to the loss of the vessel.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 15, 1881