The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Aug 1856

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The picking up in the St. Lawrence of two bodies on Saturday, both females, and evidently sufferers by the burning of the ill-fated Steamer Tinto, has led to an Official Enquiry into the cause of the said burning, in the shape of an Inquest on these bodies, before Dr. Barker, and a highly intelligent jury, of whom Douglass Prentice, Esq., is foreman. The bodies have been partially identified as those of the Cook of the Steamer, and of a young girl, aged 12 or 14 years, daughter of the passenger Mrs. Benton. Both have been interred compulsively. The Inquest was adjourned until Monday afternoon (today) at 3 o'clock, in the Grand Jury Room of the Court House. The Enquiry will last some time.

Regatta Committee - A meeting of the above Committee will be held at L'Hoist's Restaurant, Wellington Street, on Tuesday the 12th instant, at 8 o'clock p.m., on matters of great importance, when a full and punctual attendance is requested.

By order, W.F. Grasett, Secretary. Aug. 11th.

Aug. 12, 1856


Aug. 13, 1856


Meeting At The Mechanic's Hall

A meeting was held at the City Hall, Friday afternoon, which was called by his Worship the Mayor, in compliance with a requisition signed by seventy of the citizens of Hamilton, to take into consideration the advisability of allowing the discontinuance of the boats belonging to the Great Western Railway Company, in consequence of their not being remunerative, and to see whether measures could not be adopted to make them remunerative by running them to Toronto, Cobourg and Kingston, and thus supply the necessary accommodation to the public.

His Worship, the Mayor, was called to the Chair, and Mr. H.B. Bull was appointed Secretary. The Mayor read the requisition, and called upon the gentleman who got up the meeting to proceed with the business.

Alderman Browne said he had had nothing to do with the calling of the meeting, and did not know of it till he saw it in print. He had much pleasure in moving the following resolution:

"That inasmuch as the City Council have appointed a Committee to co-operate with the Board of Trade, for the purpose of waiting on the Board of Directors of the Great Western Railway in regard to the stopping of the running of the Company's Steamers, it is unadvisable for this meeting to take any action at present in the matter."

Councillor Branigan, in a rambling speech, seconded the motion.

Mr. Thompson, after a few observations, moved, -

"That it is the opinion of this meeting, that in the event of the Great Western Railroad Company withdrawing their boats from their present route, that the best course would be to place them upon a route running from Toronto, Cobourg and Kingston, and intermediate ports, in connection with the Grand Trunk Railway Company, and that His Worship the Mayor be requested to forward this resolution to the Committee appointed by the City Council to confer with the Board of Directors.

Captain Gray seconded the resolution.

A desultory conversation ensued, in which Captain Sutherland, Sheriff Thomas, Alderman Browne, Alderman Stuart, Mr. Thompson and others took part.

The Mayor then put the motion and also the amendment. For the amendment the only hands held up were those of Mr. Thompson and Capt. Gray. Alderman Browne's motion was consequently carried.

A vote of thanks to His Worship the Mayor concluded the business. [Banner]

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Aug 1856