The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 29, 1854

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p.2 Steamboat Collision - We noticed yesterday the collision between the bay steamers Canadian and Novelty, in which the former was so severely injured that she filled and sunk near shore. We understand that at the time of the collision the steamers were, fortunately, not far from the shore and it is to this circumstance, under Providence, that the passengers on board the Canadian owe the preservation of their lives. The Novelty was much injured at the bow, but those in command on board seem never to have inquired as to the fate of the steamer with which she had been in collision, although the Canadian was in a sinking state, and barely reached ten feet shore water when she sunk. We hope that some explanation of this extraordinary affair will be given by Capt. Bonter. We learn further that, notwithstanding the stringent law upon the statute book with reference to steamboats, the Canadian had no small boats, and had she been out in the middle of the bay at the time of the collision, and deserted, as she seems to have been by the Novelty, it is extremely doubtful whether one person on board would have survived the catastrophe. We do trust that these matters will be fully investigated, and that neither economy or recklessness in individuals will be tolerated where life is at stake, as it was in the case of the collision above mentioned.

The launch of one of the new ships will take place from the Marine Railway shipyard this afternoon, at 3 o'clock.

Presentation of Colours - Yesterday, shortly after noon, the members of the Board of Trade, the Mayor, the member for the city and other gentlemen, assembled in the News Room, and from thence proceeded to the Marine Railway Yard, for the purpose of presenting to Capt. Gaskin a set of colors for the new ship to be launched today. They were received at the head of the stage by Capt. Gaskin, and the colors presented by John Watkins, Esq., President of the Board of Trade, with a few appropriate remarks, followed by the Hon. J.A. Macdonald, who expressed at length and in an eloquent address the sentiments entertained by all, of the Captain's enterprize and the importance to Kingston of the new trade opened through him. Capt. Gaskin replied, and subsequently nearly fifty gentlemen sat down in the cabin of the new ship to partake of a lunch which had been provided by the Captain for the occasion. We have not room this morning for the particulars of this portion of the proceedings, suffice it for the present to say that it was nearly four o'clock before the party broke up. We shall refer again to the matter in our next impression.

For Bytown Today - The steamer Beaver, Capt. Farmer, will leave for Bytown, this day, at 3 o'clock p.m.

Tremendous Gale in Chicago - April 27th - The most violent gale ever experienced is at present raging. About 12 o'clock the schooner Rocky Mountain, loaded with Lumber, was driven ashore near the American Co's works, and immediately went to pieces; all hands saved. The Oliver Richmond was driven against the breakwater, her masts carried away, and is fast going to pieces; crew saved.

The schooner Merchant came to anchor off the breakwater, and capsized; three of her crew were taken off by lifeboats - four women were drowned.

The schooner Maine lies at anchor a short distance from the breakwater; her foremast cut away. The Aurora was driven on the breakwater; the crew escaped before she sunk. The schooner Mary put out into the lake and is standing off.

The Lizzy Thorpe and P. Hayden are a short distance off the breakwater, and it is feared they will go ashore before morning.

The Powhattan from the lower lakes came in safely about noon.

The balance of the Lake Erie fleet is supposed to be on the lake and are expected here before morning. Serious disasters are apprehended, the gale apparently increasing in violence.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 29, 1854