The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), Oct. 11, 1832


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p.2 Steamboat Accident - We regret to learn that the steamers William the Fourth and United Kingdom, unfortunately ran foul of each other, near the False Ducks, in the night between Saturday and Sunday last: by which accident the whole of the bulwarks on the starboard bow, the railing on the promenade deck etc. of the William the Fourth were stove in, and one person killed. We understand that the approach of the boats towards each other was discovered, and the bell of each was wrung as a warning, but that the night was excessively dark, and that in endeavouring to avoid each other each took the same side of the channel and thus came into collision - the William the Fourth taking the left and the United Kingdom the right. Had they both taken the right, or both the left side of the channel, the accident could not have happened. We understand there is a law or a usage on the River St. Lawrence on this subject, and this catastrophe proves the necessity of such a regulation on the Lakes. On the arrival of the William the Fourth at York, a coroner's inquest was held over the body of the deceased - a fine Scotch lad of thirteen years old, belonging to a family of emigrants on board - and a verdict of accidental death returned. The extent of the damage sustained by the United Kingdom is not yet known. [York Courier]

Tay Canal - This interesting work is going on with spirit. The three lower locks are complete, with the exception of the gates, which are nearly ready. The fourth is under contract, and commenced. The Basin on the Island, in this town, is also under contract; and a number of men are employed this week, in clearing out the site. It is expected the canal will be ready for navigation in June next. [Perth Constitution]


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Date of Original:
Oct. 11, 1832
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KN.22478
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English
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Rick Neilson
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Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), Oct. 11, 1832