The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), May 18, 1833

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p.2 The United States American steamer came into this port for the first time on Thursday with fifty American emigrants, from the neighbourhood of Sacket's Harbor, on their way to the township of Norwich, in the London District; in which several hundreds of settlers from the same neighbourhood have taken up their residence within the last two years. On going out of harbour, on her way to Niagara, the United States got aground, and remained for a couple of hours before she got off. She is a splendid boat, and one of the fastest sailers on the Lake. It is expected she will call here regularly during the season. [York Courier]

The steamboat United States, on her last trip up, in crossing from Kingston to Sacket's Harbor, ran on a shoal extending into the Lake, from the head of Grand or Long Island, about twelve or fourteen miles from Kingston. Being at the time under full headway, she ran hard on. The rock, however, being flat, she was got off, without injury, and pursued her voyage the next day. We should not have noticed the occurrence but for the purpose of doing an act of justice to Captain Whitney, of the Great Britain, and Captain Paynter, of the William the Fourth. Both, as soon as they had a knowledge of her situation, came promptly to her aid. The William, after repeatedly applying all her power, and parting her cable, finding her weight not equal to the resistance, (being on her way up with little or no freight on board,) left her and pursued her voyage. But the Great Britain, on her way down, with freight on board, after repeated attempts to obtain a sufficient hold on the boat, at length succeeded in getting fast to the timbers of her hull, and brought her off without difficulty. Too much credit cannot be given to Capt. Whitney for his noble and disinterested conduct on this occasion. On his way down the Lake, with passengers anxious to get on, he went out of his route to her aid and spent the most of a day in the accomplishment of the desired object. Such conduct cannot be too extensively known or too highly appreciated.

The following resolutions, on this subject, have been handed up for publication:

At a Meeting of the Directors of the Ontario and St. Lawrence Steamboat Company, at Ogdensburgh, May 6th, 1833, it was

Resolved - That the thanks of this Board be tendered to Captain Whitney, of the steamboat Great Britain, and Captain Paynter, of the William the Fourth, for the prompt and efficient aid rendered by them in taking the steamboat United States off the reef at the head of Long Island, on which she had unfortunately grounded during her last trip. That this Board duly appreciate the kindness and liberality of feeling which prompted their efforts, and will hold them in grateful remembrance. That the Agent of this Company be instructed to render to them, or to the owners of their boats, such pecuniary consideration as they may be disposed to accept.

Resolved - That the Secretary of this Board be instructed to communicate these proceedings to Captains Whitney and Paynter, and to the Owners or Agents of their respective boats.


Secretary Ontario and St. Lawrence S.B.C.

[Ogdensburgh Republican]

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Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), May 18, 1833