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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 9, 1871

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To the Editor of the Daily News.

Sir, - In answer to the communication of Mr. T. Davidson and others in your paper of the 5th instant, I beg to reply that the steamer Gazelle was inspected by the Government Inspector on or about the 22nd of March last, when she was considered seaworthy; her boilers were tested to 60 pounds steam, and the Government safey valve was locked up at forty pounds.

For my own part I regret that any person should be afraid to cross on her, or that "The Council of Wolfe Island find themselves compelled to take such steps to remedy the evil to save another 'Westfield' catastrophe."

The Government Inspector has left on an inspection tour, or he would doubtless defend himself from the censure of the Wolfe Island Council; but I will be glad to allay their fears by having her boilers tested to seventy-five pounds at any time they may appoint, and beg to refer them to Messrs. Calvin & Breck, as competent engineers, to prove that they are safe. It has been a disappointment in having her so long running without making needed repairs to her decks and upper works; but from the scarcity of labour the new Pierrepont has not been yet finished to relieve her. She has scarcely missed a trip since she commenced in the spring; and if she had not been seaworthy she could not have been at her post in all weather.

I am, sir,

Your obedient servant,


Kingston, Sept. 9th.

Dispatch of Grain Vessels - In order to facilitate the discharge of grain vessels during the rush of arrivals, the Montreal Transportation Company dispatched some of the grain laden vessels to Prescott and Ogdensburgh to unload, they being designed for Boston. By this arrangement the delay of vessels will be prevented.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 9, 1871