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Daily News (Kingston, ON), June 2, 1864

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p.2 Magistrates' Court - The Police Magistrate and his worship the Mayor sat this morning to investigate a complaint preferred under the Provincial Statute regulating the navigation of the Provincial waters, to recover a penalty of $200. The complaint was entered against Benjamin Berry, master of the schooner Enterprize, which collided with and sunk on Tuesday evening a yacht of about four tons belonging to Mr. Henry Corbett, in which there were at the time the owner and Mr. Augustus Meagher and Mr. Harold Vardon. According to the evidence of the three young gentlemen, a little before the accident the yacht had carried away the main sheet, and they went alongside the schooner Flying Cloud, lying at anchor nearby off Jenkins' shipyard, and after reeving a new sheet, stretched towards Gorman's wharf close-hauled on the starboard tack, the wind being fresh from the north-west, when they suddenly discovered a schooner within thirty or forty feet of them, bearing apparently down upon the yacht. No lookout appeared to have been made for vessels coming down into the harbor. Just before the collision, and supposing it imminent, Mr. Corbett, who had the charge of the helm, ported it and luffed into the wind, and then the yacht was struck a little abaft midships and sunk almost immediately, leaving the three young gentlemen struggling in the water, till they were picked up by a boat that was put out from the schooner Flying Cloud, a voice from which was the first intimation to the yachtsmen that they were in danger. For the defence it was shown that if the yacht had followed the rules laid down by the statute for governing the steering of vessels, the yacht by holding on her original course, to which she had a right, would have avoided the collision, but that by coming up into the wind she lost her headway, and so drifted down upon the schooner. It was further shown that the schooner's helm was ported as required by the act when meeting a vessel on the starboard tack, but the change of helm appears not to have been made in sufficient time partly in consequence of the necessity of guarding against another collision with the Flying Cloud, which was close by, and which the Enterprise did not altogether avoid. The magistrates, after the hearing, dismissed the case with costs, and Mr. Sheriff Corbett, on behalf of his son, declared his intention of appealing against the decision of their worships. Mr. Peter O'Reilly appeared for the complainant, and Messrs. Britton and Price conducted the defence.

p.3 Imports - 1st - Str Magnet, Hamilton.

Schr Tecumseh, Goderich - J. Henderson & Co., 6000 bus wheat.

Str Queen of the Isles, Merrickville.

Barge Nero, do - J.R. Reid, 5,500 hop poles.

Barge Charlotte, do - J.R. Reid, 6,000 hop poles.

Barge Consolation, Montreal - Fraser & George, 25 brs iron, 5 hhds 1 bbl scrap iron, 7 bdls iron wire; J.C. & Co., 1 bbl copperas, 1 bbl sulphur.

Schr J.G. Beard, Port Dalhousie - Glassford & Jones, 9719 bus wheat.

Schr Anna Maud, Cobourg - Glassford & Jones, 4200 bus wheat.

Str Ottawa, Montreal.

Schr Enterprize, Toronto - Glassford & Jones, 5000 bus wheat.

Str Champion, Hamilton.

Schr Lafayette, Tryconnel - Calvin & Breck, 154 pcs oak timber.

Str Pierrepont, Cape Vincent - (mixed cargo)

Str Kingston, Montreal - Rifle Brigade Mess, 4 cases wine; McNee & Waddell, 2 cases British goods.

Str Bay State, Ogdensburgh - A. & S. Chown, 2 bxs cabs; R. Irwin, 1 bx scales; J. Maloy, 1 bx scales.

2nd - Str Pierrepont, Cape Vincent - (mixed cargo)

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), June 2, 1864