p.2 The Ontario Steamer - It is with much pleasure we learn that this fine vessel reached Montreal in perfect safety on the 19th instant.
The greatest credit (says the Transcript) is due to Captain Hilliard in bringing her safely through the Rapids, and we again notice her entire safety, because some ill-natured despisers of truth circulated a report that she grounded three times! The Ontario never touched, except in coming through the rapids at the Cedars, and then she did not ground. In coming down the fearful plunges over some of the ledges of rock, her extreme length caused a reaction on her bows, before her stern had quite cleared the fall, and her rudder twice touched. The first time it was only perceptible to the anxious observation of Captain Hilliard. The second time it was perceptible to the two men stationed at the tiller, because the rudder was slightly lifted; but there was no shock, either to intimidate the fearful, or injure the vessel. She was steered by her wheel the whole way - although there were a second set of men and pilots at the tiller, in case any accident should occur to the rudder chains, in which case the Ontario would still have been manageable.
The Barge British Queen, from Kingston, U.C., with 3700 bushels wheat and 300 barrels flour, to Messrs. M...... & Tobin, arrived in port this morning. [Quebec Gazette 17th August]
The British Queen is owned by Messrs. Sanderson & Murray, of Brockville.