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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), June 20, 1840

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p.2 The Ontario - This celebrated steamer is now lying at Prescott, getting her cabins and outworks completed. We have it from good authority that the Ontario sometime since descended 5 miles of the "Long Sault" and that she ascended the same distance with ease, encountering rapids which ran at the rate of 11 miles an hour. The great experiment however, has not as yet been fully tested. - For our own part, we now incline to the opinion, that though these rapids may be surmounted by the power of steam, yet that the route can never be made to answer any very useful purpose either in the way of trade or travelling. We apprehend that the sure and true way of obviating the obstacles offered by the Long Sault Rapids will be the completion of the St. Lawrence Canal. We learn that the spirited proprietor of the Ontario, the Hon. John Hamilton, has lately had several offers for the purchase of this truly splendid vessel. It is mentioned that His Excellency the Governor General is anxious to have her on the route from Montreal to Quebec for the purpose of carrying the mail.

p.s. The Ontario, Capt. Hilliard, arrived at this Port last evening, from Prescott - and has now taken her place along with the Brockville, on the route between Kingston and Dickenson's Landing. She left our harbour for the latter place this morning at 9 o'clock.

Singular Accident - ceiling in Mr. O'connor's school collapses from weight of corn stored there; warehouses are scarce in town due to the late fire. [Whig of yesterday]



The Undersigned hereby notify the public, that they will not be accountable for any loss, damage, or injury whatever, of or to any Produce, Goods, Wares, or Merchandize, entrusted or delivered to them, or any of their Agents or Servants, at any of their Establishments, for the purpose of transportation on board of any Steamer, Schooner, Barge, or other Craft, occasioned by Fire, Storm, Shoals, Fog, or any other dangers of the navigation, or by the Queen's enemies, or by any other accident not already mentioned, unless the same shall be caused by their wilful and gross neglect, or that of their Agents, Masters, Crews, or Servants; neither do they hold themselves responsible for any loss or damage by fire or otherwise, to any Goods or produce delivered as above, while the same are in their possession, either in their Warehouses or elsewhere, either after the same shall have been received and before shipment, or after being unladen and before delivery to Consignees or Owners, or at any intermediate period, but that the same while so in their custody, shall be entirely at the risk of the owners, unless such damage or loss shall have been occasioned by any negligence as above stated. With regard to insurance, if the owner wishes to protect himself from loss by fire or otherwise while property is in store with them, he must cause insurance to be effected upon the same, but being once shipped on board of Boats for Lower Canada, the Subscribers will (unless specially directed to the contrary) effect insurance or take the risk thereon, against the dangers of the navigation, at the charge of the Owner; but on property from Lower Canada, they will not in any case effect insurance, unless instructed to do so by the owner or his agent.

The undersigned take the present opportunity of also notifying all whom it may concern, that, in consequence of the unprecedented accumulation of property of all descriptions at Kingston, having exhausted all the available and safe means of Storage in the place, and rendered exposure to the weather, as well as considerable detention to property unavoidable, and having during the present season suffered by almost all deck Loads of Lake Craft, they will not hold themselves liable for any loss or damage to property arising from any of these causes, but only where it can be clearly shown to have happened while on board of their Boats.

Macpherson & Crane,

Hooker & Henderson,

H. & S. Jones,

Wm. Dickenson & Co.,

Sanderson & Murray.

Kingston, 20th June, 1840.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), June 20, 1840