p.2 Launch - On Thursday afternoon there was launched from the shipyard of Mr. Ault at Portsmouth, a new steamer for the river mail line, named the Banshee. The Banshee is of the full size for the locks, is of an exceedingly beautiful model, and must prove a very fast boat. Her engine, which is nearly ready, is from the Kingston Foundry. Part of the machinery is already aboard. The Banshee was towed down to Bowen's wharf immediately after the launch.
Preparations are being made in Ault's shipyard to proceed immediately with another steamer, for the Lake and River Passenger and Freight trade. This one will have 180 feet keel, 27 feet beam, and 10 1/2 feet hold; and an engine with 44-inch cylinder, and ten feet stroke. The engine is in progress at the Kingston Foundry, and the new boat will in all probability be ready for business in the early part of July next. She is building for Capt. Perry, formerly of the Highlander, under whose command she will be.
Fatal Accident - Thomas Doran, an employee on board the schooner Mary, of Kingston, was found last Wednesday evening lying in the forecastle of the Leander, off Maitland's wharf, with his skull severely fractured. It was supposed that he had fallen or had been pushed from off the wharf into the boat. He was conveyed to the General Hospital immediately, but little hopes are now entertained of his recovery.. [Toronto Leader]
Port of Belleville - figures on imports, duties, etc. [Tribune quoting Belleville Chronicle]
Died - daughter of Capt. W.R. Taylor, 14 months of age, on 30th Nov.
Married - Mr. A. McMillan of str. Champion.
The Weather - ...Navigation has not yet been much interfered with, but it will probably close in a few days. The communication with Montreal is by steamer to Ogdensburgh, and thence by rail. On the lake the Magnet and the Arabian, of the mail line, are running, while the Bay boats are yet in full activity.
Dec. 4, 1854