The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 30, 1852

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p.2 Belleville & Cape Vincent - A public meeting was held in Belleville on Wednesday last, to take into consideration the expediency of putting on a couple of first-class steamboats between Belleville and Cape Vincent, to connect at the latter place with the railroad. Mr. Doxtater, the Superintendent of the Rome and Cape Vincent Railroad, was present, and took part in the proceedings of the meeting, promising on behalf of several American gentlemen to extend liberal aid to the contemplated enterprize, if determined on by the people of the Bay. The following resolution, adopted by the meeting, exhibits the conclusion arrived at by our Belleville friends:-

Resolved - That this meeting, having heard R.B. Doxtater, Esq., Superintendent of the Rome and Cape Vincent Railroad, on the subject of building the proposed Steamers, approves of his views respecting the same, and that the said Boats should not be of a less speed than 17 1/2 miles per hour, and to cost about £9000 each; and in furtherance of the project, that subscription Stock books be at once opened at Belleville, River Trent, and Stirling; and this meeting requests the co-operation of the inhabitants of Picton and the County of Prince Edward, and the other places on the bay. - Carried.

The Assizes - The case of Bowen vs Ewart et al., entered for a second trial, has been compromised, the defendant, paying to the plaintiff £1000, and the costs hitherto incurred, and each party paying costs of the present Assizes. This case, it will be recollected, arose out of the collision between the steamers Britannia and St. Lawrence, by which the latter was sunk.


Wednesday, Oct. 27th.

Dame vs Carberry - This was an action to recover damages sustained by the plaintiff for the alleged illegal sale of the schooner Canadian, the property of the plaintiff, seized for a breach of the Revenue laws. Mr. Kirkpatrick appeared for the plaintiff and stated the case to the jury. The particulars of the case, according to the evidence of Mr. Dame, are briefly as follows:- The Canadian was seixed on the 7th June by Mr. Carberry, Collector of the port of Napanee, at Millpoint in the county of Hastings, on the information of a William Brown, for having on board one barrel molasses, 9 bags salt, and a few boxes of cigars. The schooner had originally cost Mr. Dame £400, and he had subsequently laid out £200 in repairing her. Mr. Dame resided at Marysburg, some eighteen miles from Napanee, and on hearing of the seizure went to Mr. Carberry and inquired of him if any arrangement could be made in order to release the vessel, her detention being a serious injury to him; Mr. Carberry replied that the only means by which the vessel could be released was to pay the sum of £200 in cash, the estimated value of the schooner; went to the collector of Picton to ask his advice as to how he should act; the collector advised him to give bonds for the vessel, and bring the matter to trial. Acting on this advice he went again to Mr. Carberry and offered to give a bond for the vessel and bring the case to trial. Mr. Carberry said it would be only an unnecessary expense to do so, as it was likely the vessel would be released; told Mr. Carberry that he had intended to give him legal notice that he would bond the vessel; Mr. Dame being satisfied went home, but on the 5th July went to see Mr. Carberry for the purpose of enquiring if he had received any notice from Quebec relative to the affair of the schooner; Mr. Carberry said he had not, but that he (Mr. Dame) need not be uneasy as there was plenty of time; on the 7th July heard that the vessel was advertised to be sold; immediately notified Mr. Carberry that he (Mr. Dame) intended to bond the vessel; notice was served on the 8th; on the 9th went to Napanee with two persons to act as sureties to complete the bond; Mr. Carberry, however, refused to take the bond, saying it was too late; Mr. Dame then went to Kingston with the intention of buying the schooner. Mr. Carberry was cautioned not to proceed with the sale both by Mr. Dame and Mr. Kirkpatrick; the schooner was, however, sold for £205. Mr. Dame did not buy her. It was proved on the part of the defendant, that the notice to bond was a day too late; the plaintiff was consequently non-suited.

Steamer Ashore - The Steamer Champion, of the through line, went ashore during a fog, near Long Point, as we understand. The steamer Princess Royal left this port during the night to assist in getting her off.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 30, 1852