The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 15, 1853

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p.2 The Queen of the West - A meeting of the owners of this ill-fated Steamer was held at Norton's Hotel, on Monday evening, for the purpose of deciding on the course they would pursue under the disastrous circumstances. The meeting was very numerously attended, and the utmost unanimity prevailed. Indeed the resolution below were carried unanimously.

Mr. Hugh Baker occupied the chair, and Mr. F.W. Gates acted as Secretary.

A statement of the insurance was submitted, which proved more favorable than was stated in the Spectator of that morning. The Engineer also stated his opinion as to the origin of the fire.

It was then moved by Mr. Burton, seconded by Mr. Ewart:

That while this meeting desires to express its sympathy with Captain Harrison, in the very serious loss he has sustained, in common with the other shareholders in the Queen of the West, by the late unfortunate accident, they wish to take the earliest opportunity of expressing their entire approbation of his conduct on that and all previous occasions, and their unabated confidence in his ability and management.

Moved by Mr. Smiley, seconded by Mr. Ireland,

That the Managing Committee be requested to co-operate with Capt. Harrison, in securing the immediate charter of a vessel adapted for the business, for the remainder of the season.

Moved by Mr. Fisher, seconded by Mr. Spence,

That it is the opinion of this meeting that a new boat should be built for the ensuing season, and that the Managing Committee be directed to make the necessary enquiries on the subject.

Resolutions expressing the cordial thanks of the meeting were passed in favor of Capt. Masson, of the Rochester, and the Chief Engineer and Fire Companies, in preventing the spread of the flames, and placing the burning vessel in such a position that her machinery may be recovered without trouble.

The usual vote of thanks to the chairman having been passed, the meeting broke up.

We may add that Capt. Harrison will lose no time in making arrangements to have another steamer on the route. In the meantime, the Cape Vincent steamers will keep down fares to a reasonable price, and prevent a return to the top of the sliding scale which has heretofore been adopted and practiced. [Hamilton Spectator]

The Canadian says that the Queen was insured for 10,000 pounds, thus distributed - Ontario Marine, 3,000 pounds; Provincial Mutual, 3,000 pounds; St. Lawrence, 2,000 pounds; and British North American, 2,000 pounds. Total, 10,000 pounds.

Address to Lieut. Taylor, R.N.

The following address was yesterday presented by His Worship the Mayor, accompanied by several of our most influential Merchants and others, to D. Taylor, Esq., R.N., on the occasion of his removal from Canada, the Dock Yard being broken up.

We understand that a duplicate will be transmitted to the Board of Admiralty direct.

Kingston, July 11th, 1853.

To David Taylor, Esq., R.N.:

We, the Merchants, and others of the City of Kingston, having heard that you are about to leave Canada, in consequence of the Royal Dock Yard at Point Frederick being broken up, cannot allow the opportunity to pass without expressing our sincere regret at your departure from amongst us. In doing so, we request that you will convey to your estimable lady and family our best wishes for their happiness and welfare, in whatever clime their lot may be cast.

We cannot conclude this brief address without addressing a sincere hope and desire that the very many years of your efficient and useful employment in that branch of our country's service which has ever been Britain's pride, will not be allowed to pass over without some mark of approbation from the Board of Admiralty.

Signed by about 100 Merchants, etc. and principal inhabitants of the city.

(followed by Mr. Taylor's reply)

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 15, 1853