The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Nov 1858

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p.2 Ashore - We learn from Capt. Adlam, of the schooner Republic, which arrived on Saturday night, that the brig Mariner, bound from Milwaukee for Lake Ontario, with a cargo of wheat and flour, is ashore at White Shoals, in the Straits. [Buffalo Express]

Collision - Schooner Sunk - The steamer Dispatch collided with the schooner Alnwick yesterday in the South Passage of the Flats, sinking the vessel, and doing considerable damage to her hull and rigging. She was loaded with lumber, and bound up. [Detroit Tribune 30th]

Important to Upper Canada Steamboats

Montreal, Oct. 29th, 1858

Before C.J. Coursol, Esq., Inspector and Superintendent of Police

Raphael Bellemare vs Thomas Howard, Captain of the Steamer Banshee. Mr. Carter, for prosecution. Mr. Macdonnell, for defence.

The plea in defence, was that the Banshee was registered at Kingston as an Upper Canada boat, with Kingston as its port of departure, and from the Municipal Council of that District, had obtained a license to sell spirituous liquors on board, which license was contended to be sufficient under the provisions of the act. The defendant filed the license of the Municipal Council of Kingston, authorizing the Captain to sell spirituous liquors by or under the laws that are, or may be in force in the Province of Canada. A plea of guilty was also filed.

Francois Lariviere, stone cutter, St. Laurent, sworn:- On the 20th October was on board the Banshee, which left the Canal Basin between that place and the St. Gabriel Locks. Drank liquor on board. Left Montreal about 11 o'clock in the morning. I had one glass of whiskey, for which I paid 8 coppers. This was shortly after I left Montreal, and while in the Lachine Canal in the District of Montreal. There was a bar on board. I asked a clerk for the liquor. It was on a Friday, 20th October, 1858. I drank what I got, and am certain it was whiskey. There were decanters and tumblers in the bar. I saw another person drink while I was there and pay for what he got.

Cross-examined:- I was not a passenger that day. I was only going on the Canal.

Peter Carey, Deputy Revenue Inspector for the first Division - The place described by the first witness is in the Parish of Montreal, in the 1st division for revenue purposes; Thomas Howard is captain of the Banshee.

Cross-examined:- I saw an advertisement in which Thomas Howard was advertised as Captain.

The Court, in rendering judgement, said that he had stringent laws laid down in all cases of informations where the liberty of the subject was in question, in fact, as stringent as in indictments of murder. He had no doubt in his own mind that the evidence for the prosecution was insufficient as to the identity of a certain Thomas Howard having either retailed or allowed to be retailed a glass of whiskey on board the Banshee, and that the said Thomas Howard was the captain or person in charge on that day.

The Court observed that the question involved on the law issue would be taken en delibere, as it involved a question of great interest to those interested in navigation between the two Provinces respecting the validity of licenses granted in the Upper Province, and under which spirituous liquors were sold in the Lower Provinces on board of steamboats.

-Imports - 2,3; Exports - 3.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Nov 1858