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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Sept. 7, 1833

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p.2 Navigation of the St. Lawrence - editorial. [Niagara Gleaner]

The Brockville - The new steamer Brockville, intended to ply between this place and the Head of the Long Sault, was on Wednesday, launched into her destined element. Everything having been in preparation, when the hour arrived a few moments only were occupied in removing the remaining fixtures, when she glided into the water in most beautiful style, amidst the cheers of surrounding spectators, a long concourse of whom had assembled, notwithstanding the severe rain which had fallen during the morning. The Brockville was towed into Messrs. Jones' wharf by the Great Britain, which had been some time in port. The William IV had not arrived. It was afterwards ascertained that she had been detained on her way down, in consequence of her having again broken her shaft. She came into port, however, by the aid of one wheel about 9 o'clock in the evening.

The pleasures of the day were not however without their alloy. A most melancholy accident occurred a short time previous to the launch in discharging a small piece of ordnance which had been prepared for the purpose of celebrating the occasion, by which an unfortunate individual lost his life. The gun, to shelter it from the rain which was falling had been run into a temporary shop which had been erected, an entrance to which was left on the side next the water - through this it was proposed to discharge the gun as a signal of the launch being about to take place. Two of the ship carpenters were principally concerned in managing it. The unfortunate man killed, lighted a match with which to fire the gun, but recollecting that some person might pass in front of it at the time of its discharge, gave the match to his assistant, and himself went out to see that all was clear. He ascertained that it was all right, and so expressed himself, intending to return within. Of this his comrade was not aware and he applied the match at the moment the other had so far approached that the contents of the gun entered his side, bruising the entrails and lacerating the flesh and one of the kidneys. Every attention was paid to the sufferer, but it was of no avail; he expired the same evening about 12 o'clock. His name was Thomas Sullivan - he had excercised his calling five or six years in Montreal, from whence he came to assist in constructing the Brockville at this place, and is represented as having been a sober and industrious mechanic.

The Brockville is a beautiful model, and the engineer who is constructing her engines - two of 40 horse power each - having viewed her while on the stocks, is confident that she will at least run at the rate of 15 miles in the hour. [Brockville Recorder]

Meeting held on 27th to Plan Improvements of River Trent. [Herald]

- the Montreal and Brockville New Steam-boat and Coach Company formed; books open for subscription; committee of management formed; agents procured; Jonas Jones and Hiram Norton delegated to procure subscriptions of stock in Lower Canada. [Brockville Recorder]

Arrived at Kingston on Saturday morning last, by the route of the Rideau Canal, 200 soldiers under Capt. Weston, drafts for the 15th Regt. stationed at this post, and the 66th at the posts above. The troopps left Lachine by the steamer William King on Tuesday morning, and arrived at Bytown on Thursday at 6 o'clock A.M.; they embarked in the evening on board the steamer Rideau, and arrived at Kingston Mills on Saturday night, thus performing the voyage in the Rideau in a little over two days after being detained all night at the Hog's Back by a thick fog. The Rideau brought 24 women and children belonging to the troops, and 60 emigrants.

In about a week the steamer Margaret will be ready to take her station on the upper line of the canal, so as to meet the Rideau, which cannot at present pass over the rock on this side of Kingston Mills, for want of a sufficient depth of water. It is intended for these boats to leave Kingston and By Town twice a week, when the Margaret is ready. [Herald]

p.3 Found - About two weeks ago, a small Sloop Boat, decked over, between the south side of the Isle of Tanti and the Nine Mile Point. The owner is required to pay expenses and take it away. For information, enquire of Mrs. Brown, Isle of Tanti. Aug. 31st, 1833.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Sept. 7, 1833