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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Jun 1857

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p.2 A Letter From the Editor - No. 2 - Dated at Hamilton, May 29th (part)

"It was five o'clock this evening when the sad news of the destruction and loss of life on board the Inkermann reached this city, and created much heart felt sorrow and anxiety. Fortunately for himself and his many friends, the "Gallant Braw" was not on board at the time of the catastrophe. He came up with us from Toronto this morning, on his way to St. Catherines, wither the ill-starred vessel was going, and stopped here to attend to some business. On receipt of the Despatch, he returned instantly to Toronto, to look to the wants of his suffering crew. Poor fellow! He suffered in mind almost as much as they suffered in body. This is not the exact time or place to moralize on the safety of steamboat boilers; and yet one can hardly avoid it. The boilers of the Inkermann burst, either from want of strength, or want of skill, on the part of those on board. These evils must be looked at - the accident happened almost under the eyes of the sitting Legislature. Laws of examination, both as to the strength of boiler and skill of engineer must be passed, and their execution made imperative. These wholesale murders must not take place; they should and can be prevented; and it is the duty of Parliament not to rise until it is done...."

-The Prince Albert left this port this day fortnight, and that is the last known of her. Whether she has swamped, run upon a snag, taken a trip overland from the break to Ottawa, or lying in a nook in our harbor, the public are not informed. It evidently does not enter into the calculations of the proprietor to force business by advertising.

* The above erroneous assertion is from the Daily News, and we copy it in justice to the proprietor of the steamer to correct the error, whether wilful or otherwise. By referring to the advertising columns of the Whig, the regular sailing days of the Prince Albert will be seen, and had the writer of the ..... she was in harbor on Saturday.

-The Forwarding Interest - a petition to Legislative Assembly from Forwarders and Ship-Owners asking for removal of tolls on St. Lawrence Canals because of competition from G.T.R.


The Injured

As regard the injured, Capt. McBroom lies at Russel's Hotel with a fractured leg, but, we are happy to say, is getting on quite favorably. One of the patients, Baptiste Suavet, who had been taken to the Hospital, was so far recovered as to be able to leave on Saturday. Guavin, Kelly, Lauzin, and O'Meara are slowly getting convalescent. Doherty & Spence, the first and second engineers, are in a more dangerous state, from the severe nature of their wounds, but we are glad to say are not considered by Dr. Aikens in imminent danger. Francis Birois, who was reported as missing, was not on the boat, he having been paid off at Montreal, and Spence shipped in his place. Feter McLoghlin was on board, he having been engaged as fireman at this port on Thursday last. He escaped with rather a severe burn on the arm. This reduces the unaccounted for to to four - Fitzimmons, wheelsman, Trahey, cabin-boy, and two deckhands, French Canadians, whose names the Captain could not give, all of whom no doubt perished, but it is expected that when the wreck is cleared away, their bodies may be found.

The Inquest

At twelve o'clock, John Scott, Esq., M.D., Coroner, with whom was associated Dr. Hodder, and G. Duggan, Esq., proceeded to hold an enquiry at the Police Court, City Hall Buildings, into the circumstances attending this fatal calamity. The following jurymen were empanelled:-

James Leishman, Esq., foreman; Messrs. Simpson, Kane, Tye, Longman, Ritchey, Langley, Binkerton, Ross, Mason, Cuff, McBain, Rosch, and Trageer.

The Coroner having stated to the Jury the melancholy circumstances that called them together, said that the only duty they had this day to discharge was to view the body, after which the investigation would be adjourned to another day. The jury then went to Brown's Wharf, where the bodies were lying, after which the further inquiry was postponed until Wednesday.

We understand that it is the intention of Dr. Scott to have Mr. Ignace G. Gagnon, Inspector of Steam Engines at Quebec, examined. We learn that that gentleman has already examined the hull and boiler of the Inkermann, and will be in a position to give important evidence. It is the Coroner's intention to have a most inquiry (sic) into the circumstances attending this disaster.

Our neighbor, Campbell, of the News Depot, has got up an engraving of the scene. Those who were eye-witnesses of the explosion say that it is an accurate delineation of the awful catastrophe.

-Milwaukie, May 30 - prop. City of Madison arrived here this morning with the first goods by Erie Canal this season.

-Through to Chicago - the first of a line of props. from Montreal to Chicago and Milwaukee despatched by John Macpherson & Co.; will compete with Northern Transportation Co.

-schooner Andrew Stephens cleared from Chicago for Liverpool direct, with a cargo of wheat.

-Imports - 30.

Funeral of Mr. Honeyman - The Funeral of Mr. David W. Honeyman, who was purser on board the Propeller Inkerman at the time of the accident, takes place today at three o'clock, from his Father's residence, when it will proceed to Waterloo.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Jun 1857