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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 25 Aug 1856

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p.2 Welland Canal - In the last month, 320 American vessels passed through, and 236 Canadian ones, making a total of 556, being 14 more than in July of last year, and 10 of the year before - a singularly near approximation of the number passing through in the corresponding months of three consecutive years. [St. Catharines Journal]


This Enquiry was brought to rather a premature conclusion on Thursday last, by the failure of the Coroner, to procure additional evidence. The Jury had however sat four days, and the evidence laid before them was by the whole (with one exception) deemed sufficient to justify the following verdict.:-


The Jury find that the two bodies viewed by them, were drowned off the Tinto on the night of the 17th of July past.

That the Tinto was destroyed by fire; but how it originated the Jury are not able to say.

The Jury believe that the Captain, and Engineer of the steamer, the latter part owner, were culpably negligent in leaving two of the boats belonging to the steamer at Toronto, and having only one on board at the time of the sad occurrence.

The Jury cannot too strongly condemn the practice proved to exist, of steamers neglecting to comply with the law as to the number and capacity of boats which they are required to carry, and beg most earnestly to draw the attention of the Government to the matter.

The Jury beg also earnestly to call the attention of the Government to the law authorizing the appointment of steamboat inspectors; this they believe is almost a dead letter, or its provisions almost totally disregarded.

The Jury have to remark upon the subject of a divided command on board steamboats and other vessels; They cannot but think that where such exists, it must lead to disorder, and though no proof has been established that such existed on board the Tinto, yet it was proved that the Engineer, as part owner, paid the hands, and could in almost all instances control the Captain. How far this state of things may have influenced the conduct of the crew on board the Tinto on the night of the disaster, the Jury will not pretend to say. It should not though have existed.

We may possibly publish the evidence in detail, but the News has already gratified the public curiosity as to the most important facts, which facts have become generally known by their republication in the leading journals of the provinces.

Imports - Aug. 23rd - Str. Ottawa, Rochester, (gen. cargo).

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 25 Aug 1856