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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 7, 1853

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p.2 The steamer Highlander arrived here yesterday from the head of the lake, and in the afternoon the Magnet proceeded upward. Weather uncertain, but generally of a mild character.

The Steamer HIGHLANDER, Capt. Perry, will leave the United States Wharf, Kingston, on Thursday next, at 12 o'clock, M., (weather permitting) for Toronto and Hamilton.

Kingston, Dec. 6th, 1853.

The Lord Elgin & The Beauharnois Locks - Captain Bruce has called upon us to state, that he was not racing, but reversing as he approached the pier, and the people on shore having missed catching the stern line when thrown from the vessel, it became entangled in the wheel, and winding round it prevented revolution. Seeing that her progress, therefore, could not be entirely stopped, he steered her against the wall of the lock, from which she glanced off against the gate and caused the accident. It is a curious coincidence that "Lord Elgin should be the name of the boat which has done such damage, and that her Captain's name is Bruce. [Montreal Gazette]

Particulars of Steamboat Explosion - Buffalo, Dec. 2nd - Further particulars of the blowing up of the propeller Independence, at Sault Ste. Marie, have reached us in letters from passengers. The explosion was caused by the neglect to let off steam, during a stoppage, for the purpose of completing the raising of the anchor. Seven lives were lost in all, and it is miraculous that the sacrifice was not greater, when it is considered that the boat was crowded with people, and was blown to atoms with the exception of 20 feet of the bow. Some very extraordinary escapes are mentioned, among them J.N. Watson, the clerk of the boat, and a passenger named Alfred Thomas of Ohio. The latter was rescued by a large Newfoundland dog. Messrs. Vaughn, Thomas and Ensign of the Independence, all of whom escaped, were afterwards wrecked on the Steamer Albany, and had a second narrow escape.

The Late Canal Accident - Mr. Eden, the agent of the Crescent, has addressed a letter to the Montreal Gazette, of which the following is the substance:-

I beg you will make room in the columns of your paper to contradict a statement which is now going the rounds of the different journals in the Province, in reference to the unfortunate break in the Beauharnois Canal, viz.:- that the steamer Crescent was racing with the Elgin at the time of the accident. This is not the case, as is positively asserted by the Captain of the Crescent. However desirous each was to obtain the first entrance, Captain Patterson finding that the other boat was ahead, eased away when within a considerable distance from the Locks. I have made this brief statement as such a report might be prejudicial to the proprietors of the Crescent, who are opposed to racing. If the statement of the Captain of the Lord Elgin can be relied on, which there is no reason to doubt, the accident did not occur from having won the race, but unfortunately the warp got entangled by the screw, which caused the boat to sheer round suddenly, and preventing her from being brought to, before striking the gates.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 7, 1853