The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 12, 1862

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p.2 The Late Steamboat Accidents - The steamer Kingston, which arrived up on Saturday afternoon, reports the freight steamer Ottawa hard and fast aground at the Williams Shoal, below the Galops Rapids. The shoal takes its name from the circumstance of the old steamer William being wrecked on the spot. Calvin & Breck's steamtug William and a barge were alongside trying to lighten the Ottawa and get her off; but what their prospects in this respect were those on board the Kingston could not readily ascertain. Neither did our informant find out how the Ottawa got aground -whether in the night or otherwise.

The steamer Champion arrived up on Saturday morning at eight o'clock, and discharged her cargo preparatory to return down the river. The Champion suffered no material damage, having stuck in the mud at the Pillars. The high stage of water in the St. Lawrence is very embarassing to pilots, as it increases the difficulty of judging distances and localities.

-Business on the wharves begins to be brisk. Grain laden vessels are arriving, and transhipment on board barges goes on with much activity. The mail steamers are bringing up large quantities of freight, a good deal of it on Kingston account. It is noticeable also that these boats carry down a goodly number of passengers. There is a great traffic to Montreal just now, though there is very little American travel. The international trade is dull, and languishes on account of the war.

Imports - 9.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 12, 1862