Wednesday night last was one of the stormiest ever experienced on the Lake, and in consequence the several steamboats on their trip during the gale have been more or less thrown out of their regular course for the present. Great apprehensions were entertained for the safety of the Cobourg, that should have made her appearance here on Tuesday. She however arrived safe and sound yesterday, (Friday) having remained in shelter for two days at Presque Isle. The Oswego also only arrived here yesterday, instead of Tuesday. The Great Britain went out from our harbour on Wednesday evening, and succeeded in breasting the gale till within six miles of the Ducks, when she was compelled to put about. On her way back, near Kingston, the crank of one of her engines broke, and before the steam could be blowed off, so much mischief was done, that the engine is rendered perfectly useless. In consequence of this accident, this noble vessel will, we regret to be informed, have to be laid up for the season.
The United States, we are also sorry to learn, has received some injury in her machinery, and is now repairing at Ogdensburgh, but will soon be ready, we presume, to resume her route.
The very numerous instances, this year, of breaking of shafts and derangement of machinery on board steam-boats, should be the means of especially directing the attention of our machinists to seek out improvements in the manufacture of engines.
The Stockholders of the Commodore Barrie Steam Boat are requested to pay the 9th and last Instalment of 10 per cent on their Stock to the Treasurer on or before the 1st of November next. By order, Thomas Kirkpatrick, Sec. & Treasurer.
Kingston, Oct. 4th, 1834.
p.3 The Stockholders of the Steam Boat Sir James Kempt are requested to call and receive their respective dividends, declared this day. David John Smith, Treasurer.
Kingston, 27th Sept., 1834.