The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Weekly Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 5, 1859

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p.1 Lumber Shipping at Whitby harbor - has more than trebled in 3 years.

The steamer Bowmanville left Toronto with a large load of freight and passengers for Quebec. Her freight consisted of furniture from the Inspector General's offices, and about 160 tons of government employees' property. Her next trip to Quebec, as advertised, will be on Thursday next, the 4th proximo.

p.2 It is reported that the steamer Boston ran aground, near Matilda, in ascending the St. Lawrence river, on Saturday, and that she will likely become a wreck. She had on board about 75 tons of merchandise, which, we believe, was all saved.

City Council Proceedings - Communication of Richard Scobell, asking Corporation to remove from his premises the wharf built by G.T.R. for the city, as it injured his wharf, and threatening legal proceedings. No action was taken in the matter, the Mayor stating that the wharf did not belong to the city, and that an action concerning those premises was at present raised in the Court of Chancery.

p.3 The Detroit Advertiser gives a table showing the progress of the trade of the Lake Ports with Liverpool and other places across the Atlantic. In 1856 there was but one trip made, that of the schooner Dean Richmond, with wheat for Liverpool. In 1857, the through voyage was made by two vessels, the J.C. Kershaw and the Madeira Pet; in 1858 by 13 vessels, of which one was a brig, 4 were barks, and 8 were schooners. In 1859, already 21 vessels have sailed from Lake Ports for Europe, taking 1,100,000 feet of lumber, and 2,000,000 staves. During the present season also 5 vessels have sailed from the Upper Lakes for American Atlantic ports.

p.4 Police Court - Friday, July 29th

The Charge of Conspiracy

The Messrs. Delaney appeared to give evidence for the defence in the charge preferred, in reference to the taking of John Molloy's boats, by Sheriff Corbett. The case at the first examination was adjourned till last Monday, but was again put off. Mr. Burrowes, the county attorney, appeared and announced his abandonment of the case. The defendants, however, put in the following affidavits for their justification, which were read:

James Hogan deposeth as follows:- On the night of the 5th instant, about half-past ten o'clock, I was down at Mr. Molloys, and at his request, went to the Delaneys to ask them to come down to settle about the sale of the scows and barges in question. The schooner Sarah, scows Queen and Britannia, were lying up at Kinghorn's Wharf.

The Delaneys went down with me to Mr. Molloys, and we all went to his (Peter Delaney's) store, where the papers conveying the vessels were drawn up by Mr. Fraser. Molloy represented that his furniture was worth over 750 Pds., and would more than cover the claims in the Sheriff's hands against him, and if there was any deficiency it was to be paid out of the money paid by Delaney for the vessels. We then went down to Kinghorn's wharf to get possession of the boats, but they were not there. Molloy did not go with us. Mr. James Delaney and I then got the vessel Scotland and followed the boats towards French Creek, as we thought it would be the intention of those who took them away to get to the American side as soon as possible. We came in sight of them first when we were about at the Four Mile Point; they were some ten miles from us. Mr. Delaney used every effort to get hold of the boats, but was unable to do so.


Capt. Henry Smith deposeth as follows:- I was at the time the Molloy boats were taken away, captain of the vessel Scotland; was engaged by Mr. James Delaney to go after some barges that had been taken away from Kinghorn's Wharf. At Mr. Delaney's request, pressed on all sail and proceeded in search of the boats. We used every effort in our power, but could not get hold of them. Two of them went into French Creek and the other went up the American channel.


Daniel Donovan deposeth as follows:- I was a man on board the schooner Scotland when she went in chase of the missing barges. I heard the men on the barges say that they would not give any possession of them to anybody before they got their pay. They told me that they took away the boats, and that it was Molloy told them to take the boats away.


The police magistrate said that he thought no case had been made out, and that he would dismiss it.

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Weekly Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 5, 1859