p.2 The Niagara Falls Gazette says that Messrs. Bidwell & Banta, of Buffalo, are building a new steamer to take the place of the little Maid of the Mist on the Niagara River. She is to be ready by the 1st of July next.
New Man at Wheel - Last week as the steamer Lady Elgin was making her way up the lake with a large load of freight and passengers, among which was a collection of animals for exhibition, the wheelsman suddenly found difficulty in changing the boat's course. For, tug and pull, and bear on it as much as he would the wheel would not budge an inch.
"Port helm" cried the Captain.
"Aye, aye, sir," responded the Wheelsman.
But still the helm was "hard a starboard," and the boat was taking a turn in the middle of the lake. The Captain swore and the mate made for the wheelhouse. Pushing the man aside, he took hold himself. It was no use - the mate was no more successful than the wheelsman.
"Port helm! for God's sake! Can't you see where the boat is going?" shouted the Captain.
The mate declared that something was the matter with the wheel, as he could not stir it. The thing was perfectly inexplicable. The engine was stopped, and master, mate and all hands went below to see what could be the matter. After a search of some minutes it was discovered that Mr. Siam, the elephant of the menagerie, not liking the noisy rattling of chains overhead, had taken upon himself the responsibility of giving a new turn to affairs. With his trunk wound round the chain, he was holding on with the grasp of a vice, and it was with the greatest difficulty that his keeper pursuaded him that such liberties could not be allowed. It is said that he behaved quite well during the rest of the voyage. [Detroit Tribune]
Propeller Burned - Buffalo, May 20th - The Propeller H.A. Kent with a full cargo of merchandize for Chicago, was entirely destroyed by fire today, when some 30 miles from port and six miles from shore. The steamer Northern Indiana went to her assistance but found no persons on board or in the vicinity. The crew probably reached the Canada shore in small boats.
Imports - 20th - Str. Bay State, Ogdensburgh - 1 trunk goods, G.J. Cronk.
Schr. Belle Sheridan, Chicago - 13,017 bus corn, P.J. McCuaig.
Schr. Isabella, Oswego - 18 packages Groceries, D.B. Booth; 100 bls pork, 25 tons coal, J. Carruthers.
22th - Propeller Hope, Oswego, in ballast.
Schr. Hope, Oswego - 1 box, H. Easton.
Brig Paragon, Chicago - 9,802 bus corn, P.J. McCuaig.
Str. Ontario, Oswego - 1 box goods, J. Wycott.
Str. Star, Cape Vincent - (gen. cargo)
Exports - 19th - Str. Star, Cape Vincent - 1 Horse.
Propeller & Barges, do. - 400,000 feet sawed Lumber.
22nd - Propeller Adventure, Cape Vincent - 15,000 feet sawed Lumber.
May 24, 1854