The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Aug. 21, 1839

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p.2 Steam Boat Accident - The Steamer Commodore Barrie, on its route to Toronto on Tuesday morning at 2 A.M., near Point Peter, saw the steamer William IV on her way from Toronto to this place, at some distance. The Barrie, as is usual, kept to the right or land side supposing that the William would do the reverse and that they would pass without difficulty, but by some means or other the William steered for the Barrie and notwithstanding the other was hailed and warned of the danger of coming in contact, she continued her course and ran into the Barrie's larboard wheel house, smashing the waterwheel to pieces - disabling the engine - destroying the cook house - in fact making a complete wreck of the larboard side of the boat from the wheel house forward. The William's cut-water is damaged but she is able to continue her route. The Agent of the Barrie has made an offer to the Agent of the William to leave the matter to arbitration, - if the offer is accepted the whole matter will undergo a thorough investigtion. The public have a right to know all the particulars of an affair in which they are so much interested. From the statements of the passengers of the Barrie much blame appears to be attributable to the William, but we have not heard both sides.

p.3 Improvement of Kingston - We are glad to hear that the Messrs. Wm. Dickinson & Co. of this place have purchased Hatters Bay for the purpose of converting it into an extensive lumber establishment. They will commence immediately to erect piers and other buildings. The depth of water - the safety of the harbour - the enterprize and capital of the owners - its being on the mainland, and the only place in the immediate vicinity of Kingston where there is sufficient water for such a business, must give it a decided advantage. We understand it is also the intention of the proprietors to have several manufacturing establishments, such as Flour Mills, Distillery, Tannery, etc. May success attend their efforts.

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Rick Neilson
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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Aug. 21, 1839