The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Chronicle (Kingston, ON), Dec. 5, 1829

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p.2 Accident - Yesterday morning as the Sir James Kempt Steam-Boat was moving from Mr. Whiting's Wharf to Mr. McMillan's, at Prescott, William MacNiell, one of the hands, who happened to be in the wheelhouse, was struck by one of the paddles - lost his balance, fell into the water, and was unfortunately drowned. The Captain used every exertion that humanity could suggest to save him, but to no purpose. The body was found about an hour afterwards. The deceased bore an excellent character, and was highly respected by his employer, Captain Gilderslieve. He was a native of Ireland.

For the Kingston Chronicle.

Mr Editor: - As the Legislature will probably meet very soon for the despatch of business, I take the liberty to draw the public attention to the vast benefit which would accrue to the Province by opening a canal at the Carrying Place, through which vessels might pass from the Bay of Quinte to Lake Ontario. To accomplish this object, not more than £5000 would be required - the distance being but a few miles, the ground so level that locks would be unnecessary; and the soil so soft that the excavation would be comparatively easy. The advantages which such a work would confer on the community are so numerous that the wonder is why it has not been accomplished long before now. The shelter this route would afford our shipping in proceeding from Kingston to York in boisterous weather, must be too well known to require any comment.


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Rick Neilson
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Kingston Chronicle (Kingston, ON), Dec. 5, 1829