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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Oct. 19, 1833

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p.3 a notice has been posted along the entire length of Rideau Canal that it will be closed for the season on Oct 20th for repairs - will cause much inconvenience and loss to business community. [Canadian Courant]

Capt. Gildersleeve saves person from drowning, the third person he has saved using his cloak.

On Thursday last, as severe a storm as we ever remember to have experienced, occurred in this place. Towards night it increased to a perfect hurricane, and we fear we shall hear of serious disasters having happened on the Lake. During the night, the Byron, Oswego Packet, in endeavouring to get into Port, was, after losing both her anchors, driven hard aground, and now lies below the Cottages on Point Frederick. On our visit to one of the wharves yesterday morning, we noticed the schooner Trafalgar in a perilous position; most of her sails were in a tattered condition, and nearly useless; her anchor, owing to the violence of the gale, was of little service to her, and in this extremity an effort was made to get her to the wharf, which, through the spirited exertions of Capt. Tims and some other persons, was accomplished, owing principally to a cable having been sent on board. At Point Henry the gale was felt so severely that it upset a Sentry Box, Soldier and all. A report was prevalent yesterday morning that our old favourite, the Kempt, had met with an accident, and that all her cargo was lost, but in the course of the afternoon all fears for her safety were at an end, as she made her appearance as safe and sound as ever about three o'clock. Since writing the above we have learned that the following damage was sustained at the Dock Yard during the gale.

Seven hundred feet of the Yard Wall blown down; Office on the Netley's wharf blown across the river; Boat House No. 2, containing four Gun Boats, length 125 feet, width 31 feet, a mass of ruins; Sail Loft, Church, and Victualling Store completely unroofed; Gable end of No. 1 Boat House blown in; One hundred feet of west end of Rigging House unroofed; South end of the roof of Smith's Shop raised, and a great portion of the Tin rolled up; Porch of House occupied by Naval Storekeeper's Clerk, blown away; Two windows of the new Store House, together with their frames, forced in; Fence of Guard House and Porter's Lodge carried away; Bell Post at the west end of the Yard blown down.

The proceedings of the meeting of Wednesday evening, relative to the Establishment of a Forwarding Company will be found in our columns. We sincerely hope that this measure will, after all, go into effect, and that the commercial part of our community will promote their own interests and those of the town by contributing their energetic and united exertions.


At an adjourned meeting of the Merchants and others of the Town of Kingston, for the purpose of establishing a Forwarding Company, held at the Court House, on Wednesday evening the 16th inst., John S. Cartwright, Esq. was called to the Chair, and Mr. Francis M. Hill appointed Secretary.

The proceedings of former meetings having been read by the Secretary - It was

1. Moved by Dr. Baker, seconded by Mr. T. Wilson -

That the Company be now formed; and that as soon as the intended Committee shall ascertain that stock to the amount of £6,000 be subscribed, they be authorized to take such steps in the interests of the Company may require.

2. Moved by Mr. Macfarlane, seconded by Mr. Mowat -

That the following Gentlemen shall form a Committee to procure subscriptions; to amend, if expedient, the articles of Association drawn up by a former Committee, that they have the power of adding to their number, and of taking such other steps as may appear to them necessary to forward the general interests of the Company: -

Messrs. John S. Cartwright,

F.A. Harper,

Henry Cassady, Jr.,

William Wilson,

Thomas Wilson,

Joseph Bruce,

David John Smith,

Abraham Truax.

3. Moved by Dr. Baker, seconded by Mr. T. Wilson -

That the name of the Company be the Canada Forwarding Company.

4. Moved by Mr. Harper, seconded by Mr. Wm. Wilson -

That the Committee be authorized to call meetings of the Stockholders, at such times as they may think proper.

John S. Cartwright, Chairman.

Francis M. Hill, Secretary.

The Chairman having left the Chair, and it being taken by Mr. Macfarlane; it was -

Moved by Mr. D.J. Smith, seconded by Mr. Mowat -

That the thanks of the meeting be given to the Chairman for his able conduct in the chair. Adjourned.

To the Editor of the Chronicle & Gazette.

Sir,- Your statement of the demise of the Kingston Forwarding Company might have been somewhat premature, but it was certainly Prophetic.

I was sorry to see at the last evening's meeting so little of Kingston feeling, especially among those who, I had thought, possessed it in the superlative degree.

Those who subscribed the first (and only) £2000 Stock, did NOT subscribe it to The Canada Forwarding Company, and I hope the gentleman who advocated the change of title, on cool reflection, will see the propriety of retaining the original name of the Company. I could give several reasons, but I forbear for the present.

I am, Sir, A Full-Blooded Kingstonian.

17th October, 1833.

- Lord Aylmer passes through Canal on steamer Rideau to Ottawa, and embarks on the Shannon steamer for Montreal.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Oct. 19, 1833