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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 22, 1854

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p.2 James Ross & the East Riding of Northumberland - party politics - briefly mentions need for canal to join Bay of Quinte with Lake Ontario.

The Storm On Wednesday Night

The thunder-storm which passed over Toronto on Wednesday evening, was, we understand, very severe on the lake. It met the Arabian when about twenty miles out from Kingston, and for several hours it raged with great violence. When about fifty miles from Kingston, a light was seen to leeward of the steamer, seemingly a vessel on fire. Capt. Colcleugh at once turned his ship and made for the supposed scene of disaster, but owing to the denseness of the fog that prevailed and the continued violence of the storm, nothing could be seen. Signals were made by the steam whistle, but no reply was heard, and at length, after an hour's sail, the Arabian was obliged to pursue her course. The Cabin passengers, grateful for the kind attention of the Captain, and to testify to his manly daring, met yesterday morning and presented to him the following address, to which he made a brief and suitable reply:-

Address Presented To Captain Colcleugh, Of The Steamer Arabian

Sir, - Permit us to express to you our heart felt gratitude for the attention and kindness you manifested towards your passengers during the storm of last night. You fully exemplified in your character and action, while the storm was raging, that it was your determination to do unto others as you would have others do unto you. Not only did you patiently try to mitigate the horrors of sea-sickness, and in other ways minister to the comfort and convenience of your own passengers, but when fears were entertained that others were exposed to still greater dangers at a distance, with true sailor-like generosity, you at once made for the scene of the supposed conflagration, and left nothing undone that was practicable, to seek out and succor the burning vessel. Please accept then our thanks for all these manifestations of kindness, as well as of brave and dauntless daring, and with them permit us to express a fervent hope that you may long be spared to command the gallant vessel in which we sail.

Steamer Arabia, May 18th, 1854 (accompanied by 30 signatures of passengers)

[Toronto Globe]

Mr. C. Phelps has recently recovered $2,160 damages against the Grand River Navigation Company, Canada West, for the loss of a scow, laden with wheat, in April 1853. The scow ran against an old tree in the channel of the river a little below the York Rapids, and filled so rapidly that only 900 bushels, out of 5,500, could be saved. The Court held that the Company were the proprietors of the whole river, and that it was their duty, as soon as they became aware of any obstruction, to cause it to be removed within a reasonable time, and until removed to cause a signal to be placed to warn vessels approaching.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 22, 1854