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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Feb. 14, 1835

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p.2 Progress of Oswego, and Business of 1834 - includes list of commodities received at Port of Oswego, and some detail of vessel tonnage. [Oswego Palladium]

We have copied from the Kingston Chronicle, a paragraph noticing the arrangements of the Ottawa Company for forwarding, via the Rideau Canal, during the ensuing season. It will be seen that this Company, with whom a number of additional stockholders at Kingston have lately become associated, have purchased from the representatives of the late Mr. Drummond, the three steamboats (Rideau, Thomas McKay and Margaret) owned by that enterprising gentleman. In addition to this, we learn that a new steamer, called the Bytown, built last season at Hawkesbury, and on board of which the engines of the William King will be placed, is likewise to ply on the Canal. Two engines of forty horse power each, now making at the foundry of Messrs. Ward & Co. are to be put on board the Shannon, while the machinery of that boat, after being repaired and improved, will be placed in a new steamer, intended to ply between Lachine and Carillon. This vessel is now building near Mr. McKay's Mills at new Edinburgh, under the charge of our old acquaintance Captain Brush, who has been appointed an Agent of the Company, and will be stationed next season either at Bytown or Kingston. The new steamer will be 110 feet long, 30? feet beam, without guards, and with her paddles amid-ships; from her peculiar construction, it is expected she will draw less than two feet water. By introducing these improvements on the line, the Company anticipates that the travelling by this route will be greatly improved in point of expedition, and that passengers leaving Montreal at ten in the forenoon, will be at Bytown the following morning. [Montreal Gazette]

p.3 We give insertion with pleasure to the subjoined affidavits, which relate to the sinking of the steamboat Kingston, off the port of Belleville, on the 27th November last. The conduct of Capt. Ives at the time of the accident, and previous to it, having given rise to many unfounded and perhaps envious rumours, these affidavits will give the public a true and correct statement, and completely exonerate him from any blame on the occasion.

Midland District, To Wit: On this Thirtieth day of December in the Year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty four, John Ives, Master of the Steam Boat Kingston, belonging to the Port of Kingston, in the said District, personally appeared before me, Anthony Manahan, Esquire, one of His Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the said District, who being duly sworn, deposes that he personally in command of that Boat on her upward trip, on the 27th day of November last, when she sunk near the Port of Belleville; and in relation to which occurrence he is desirous of attesting a true and correct statement of facts: -

This deponent on his oath states, that the said Boat left the Port of Kingston on the said 27th day of November last, at noon, with a cargo of Merchandize and several passengers, for the several ports and landing places up the Bay of Quinte, - that the said Boat entered the Bay of Hallowell, at or about nine o'clock of the same evening, and when approaching the wharf they found some fast ice, which being considered trifling, this deponent did not then apprehend any injury from. When about midway between the Indian Church, and the Landing Place at Sophiasburgh, it was discovered that the Boat was leaking, - and having lessened her speed, it was found to proceed from injury done by ice. When arrived at the landing at Sophiasburgh, this deponent assisted by the Engineer, repaired the damage by nailing a board on the outside, which was efficiently done.

At Sophiasburgh, three passengers came on board, who reported to the Pilot that they left Belleville that morning, and that there was no ice there, all was clear.

About four miles from Belleville, the boat fell in with some light thin ice, through which she went without difficulty, and on approaching the Town nearer, she met more ice, which being considered also thin ice, she was proceeding - but it was found much stronger than the former ice - and the boat leaked on Larboard side. Upon this, this deponent was inclined to back out and repair the damage, but the Pilot urged the propriety of going ahead, as the leak caused the Boat to careen over, and he feared the loss of the deck load thereby. This deponent on going below to consult with the engineer, found the leak gaining so fast that it was deemed the most prudent course to continue on, which he did until she sunk.

This deponent further declares, that all precaution, care and diligence were used by himself, the Pilot, and the hands on board; and that the most prudent management possible under the circumstances, was resorted to.


Sworn to before me, at Kingston, in the said District,

the 30th day of December, 1834. A. Manahan, J.P.

Thomas Saunders, Pilot of the Steam Boat Kingston, and Theophilus Harvey - the helmsman at the time of the sinking of the Kingston, and one of the hands employed on board of the same boat to navigate her, being duly sworn, severally depose and declare that the statement made by Capt. Ives as set forth above, which was read over to these deponents, is substantially correct and true, and they further declare, that his management, care and diligence and presence of mind, at and after the occurrence, was praiseworthy - which declaration they have severally signed, - part of the conversation with the Pilot was not heard by the deponent, Theophilus Harvey.

Thomas (his X Mark) Saunders, Pilot.

Theophilus Harvey, Mate.

Sworn before me at Kingston,

the 2nd day of January, 1835. A. Manahan, J.P.

Robert Richmond of the Town of Kingston, late Clerk on Board the Steam Boat Kingston, John Ives, Master, deposes that he was on board the boat at the time of the occurrence, when near Belleville, acting in his capacity of Clerk - That all the acts of Captain Ives on board at that time, and indeed at all times before, but especially then, were praiseworthy - and seemed to this deponent to be dictated by a zealous desire on his part to forward and promote the interests of the owners of the said Boat - he was on this occasion cool, calm, energetic, and intrepid in all he did.

Robert Richmond.

Sworn before me at Kingston, this

14th day of February, 1835. A. Manahan, J.P.

To the Stockholders of the Steam Boat St. George.

Gentlemen; - Having seen an advertisement in the Chronicle of the sale by Auction of the Steam Boat St. George, and no name of my profession attached, if my gratuitous services in selling the said Steam Boat on the 2nd day of March next are of any value to you they are at your command. I trust I shall be always willing to contribute my mite towards liquidating the expenses of any unfortunate though praiseworthy speculation like the present.

James Linton, Auctioneer.

Kingston, February 13th, 1835.

The Beauharnois Canal - to be built joining Lake St. Louis and Lake St. Francis, in Lower Canada.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Feb. 14, 1835