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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Apr 1859

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p.2 The Steamers Boston and St. Lawrence

We direct attention to the two Advertisements of the steamers Boston and St. Lawrence, the property of Mr. John Meagher. While, owing to various circumstances, we have had to record the failure of so many Forwarders of higher standing and greater means, it affords us much pleasure to allude to a rising young man, who in the midst of the hardest possible times, by industry, perseverance and intelligence combined, has contrived to take the place of those who have gone before him. And we are happy to add, that Mr. John Meagher is not the only Kingston gentleman who has done what he is now doing. The Boston will be soon on the Montreal and Hamilton (route); and the St. Lawrence will continue on the Montreal and Bay of Quinte route.

Steamboat Explosion - The ferry-boat Swift which plied between St. Clair and Mooretown, blew up on Thursday last whilst lying at the dock in St. Clair. Fortunately none of the men were on board and only two strangers, who were blown into the river and received a considerable shock, but were not dangerously wounded. If any of the crew had been standing round the boiler they would have been killed instantly, as the force of the explosion shattered the boat so that she immediately filled and sank. It was a very good thing that this explosion happened as it did and not when there were thirty or forty people on board, and we congratulate our friends in Moore who are rather fond of crowds and used to pile on the Swift in alarming numbers, not only that the boat is blown up, but that it blew up when it did; as if it chanced to explode in one of these trips up to Sarnia it must have made a pretty general ravage of Mooretown. It is one of the most providential circumstances that has ever come to our knowledge. [Sarnia Tribune]

-We learn from the Ogdensburgh Journal, that the boats of the American Steamboat Company are undergoing the most thorough repairs they have ever received in a single season. The Ontario and Cataract at the Depot, and the Bay State at the Marine Railway, have been riddled of every decayed stick, and will be as good as new when they commence their trips. This line ever since its establishment, over 20 years ago, has not lost a boat nor a passenger. This extraordinary good luck is principally owing to the fact of their always employing strong boats and most careful management. [Ogdensburg Journal]

-Opening of Canal Navigation - water to be let in to Lachine and other canals on 20th.

-The Weather and the Steamers - storm delays Zimmerman, Welland and Bowmanville. [Globe]

-Imports - 16.

p.3 ads for steamer Boston, Capt. Farrell, and St. Lawrence, Capt. Talbot.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Apr 1859