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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Nov 1858

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p.2 Wreck of the Schooner Pilot - Two Lives Lost - During the gale on Monday night the schr. Pilot, with a cargo of wood from Grand Haven, made our harbor, but the captain fearing he could not enter, anchored about four miles north-east of the lighthouse. The sea ran violently, often sweeping the deck. It soon became evident that she could live but a short time, and Captain Bell lowered a boat and succeeded in getting his crew, consisting of five men, into it. They were subsequently rescued by the brig Nelson.

At the time that the captain and crew left the vessel, there were on board a gentleman from South Haven, unknown, and a young man named S.W. Derrickson, who is well known to our business men.

These concluded to remain on the vessel, deeming it safest. Shortly after the boat left, the vessel went down and both were drowned.

The schooner had on board 80 cords of wood, and was owned by R.P. Derrickson, father of the young man lost. [Chicago Journal]

-Lake Erie schooner 127' long arrived at Hamburg in 17 days from Quebec. She carries white cotton sails.

The Steamer Hercules

To the Editor of the Iroquois Chief;

As there is an apparent discrepancy in my evidence before the Coroner's Inquest, held in connection with the explosion of the steamer Hercules, you will do me a favor by inserting in your columns, the following explanatory statements.

Although the Syphon or Mercurial guage, was of such a length as to allow the boilers to be subjected to no greater pressure than 13 pounds to the square inch, without displaying the quicksilver, yet I was enabled to test the boilers to 45 pounds to the square inch, by making a temporary addition to its length; which, when steam was up, could not have been used for any purpose.

I wish to mention also, that the safety-valve of the exploded boiler was in good working condition, and although the weight, by which the pressure on it was regulated, was displaced by the accident, yet on the lever by which the regulating weight is adjustable, are unmistakable remarks recently made by the set screw at a joint that would indicate a pressure of 40.3 pounds to the square inch.

The safety valve of the starboard boiler was not injured. It was in good working order, but the adjustable weight on the lever, was firmly secured at the extreme end of the lever, and thus indicated a pressure of 97.5 pounds to the square inch.

Yours, etc.,

William McAuslan, Steamboat Inspector.

[Iroquois Chief]

-Imports - 9.

Thompson vs Ward - The Hon. J.H. Cameron, Q.C., and Mr. Hector Cameron appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr. Anderson for the defendant.

This was an action brought by the late Mr. Charles Thompson, and continued by his executors since his death, against Mr. Edward Ward of Detroit, to recover damages for the alleged wrongful seizure of the steamer Kaloolah, whilst it was the property of Mr. Thompson under an attachment issued from the District Court of the United States, for the District of Michigan, under an allegation that the plaintiff was indebted to the defendant, Ward, in the sum of $8,000. The District Court having dismissed the defendant's suit it was brought it was sought in this action to recover the damage sustained by the seizure which it was contended was made without proper cause. The Jury gave their verdict for $9,000.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Nov 1858