The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 24, 1850

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p.2 At the Niagara Assizes last week, the Grand Jury threw out the bill against Captain Cochrane, the master of the steamer Commerce, which was sunk in Lake Erie last summer, by a collision with the American steamer Dispatch, whilst conveying a portion of the 23rd Regiment to Port Stanley. The evidence tended to exonerate Captain Cochrane from all blame in the matter; but a true bill was returned against McSwain, the Captain of the Dispatch. The affair, however, did not come to trial, simply from the circumstance of Captain McSwain neglecting to make his appearance - a want of courtesy on his part, doubtless to be attributed to prudential motives. Lake Erie has long borne a dismal Dead Sea character, from the number of steamboat accidents constantly occurring upon its waters, and it is to be regretted that an opportunity has been lost of making an example for its mariners, similar to that recently exhibited in England, in the case of the officers of the ill-fated steamer Orion.

Kingston Imports.

Oct. 22nd - Str. Bay State, Oswego, gen. cargo.

Oct. 23rd - Str. Ontario, Ogdensburgh, passengers and baggage.

Schr. Enterprize, Oswego, 25 tons coal, E. Chown.

Str. Porcupine, Montreal, 4 barges in tow with 3570 bars railroad iron, Macpherson & Crane.

Str. Princess Victoria, Quebec, gen. cargo.

Barge Thames, Quebec, 1121 bars railroad iron, D. McIntosh.

Barge Shannon, Quebec, 585 bars railroad iron, D. McIntosh.

Barge Door, Quebec, 900 bars railroad iron, D. McIntosh.

Barge Quebec, Quebec, 850 bars railroad iron, D. McIntosh.

Schr. Victory, Oswego, 25 barrels salt, John Allan; 25 bbls. apples and furniture, owners, Napanee.


Oct. 23rd - Str. Ontario, Sacket's Harbor, passengers and baggage.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 24, 1850