p.2 Home District Assizes - Bethune Vs Hamilton, a verdict for the Plaintiff was given for £575, for breach of contract, in placing the Henry Gildersleeve Steamer on the route of the Britannia, to and from Hamilton and Toronto. [Hamilton Gazette]
The Henry Gildersleeve - We are happy to perceive that the above Steamer is enabled again to resume her trips from this to Toronto, the necessary repairs having been completed. [ib.]
The Steamer Niagara - This beautiful vessel arrived in our harbour yesterday morning from Toronto, and returns this evening. She is intended to ply between this place and Toronto for the remainder of the season.
The Niagara has lately been built by the Hon. John Hamilton, at Niagara. She has one Engine of about 75 H.P., and her speed is equal to that of the Traveller. She is ably commanded by Capt. Sutherland, a gentleman well and favourably known on these waters. The accommodations of this vessel are of a very superior character, and her furniture and general fitting out will be superb when quite completed. The Niagara is schooner-rigged.
The Lord Sydenham - formerly the steamer Ontario built by Hon. John Hamilton; example of speed given from Quebec to Montreal - 15 1/2 hours (22 hours ahead of mails).
ACCIDENT TO THE WILLIAM IV.
As this noble steamboat was on her passage down the lake on Wednesday morning last, the pilot discovered, owing to the action of a heavy south sea, a breach had been made into the false sides, and thence the water had found its way into the afterpart of the vessel, in sufficient quantity to threaten mischief. This happened early in the morning, between Presque Isle and Long Point. Finding the leak to be serious and gaining ground, the Captain and Pilot took council and agreed to run the boat ashore at or near Bath; but on rounding Long Point, that intention was found to be impracticable, and turning the boat's head up South Bay, the William IV was grounded about three miles up the Bay, on the South side in smooth water, with her bows high out of water, but her stern sunk. As the southern gale had driven several schooners to take refuge in South Bay, one of these, the Malcolm, an American vessel, was soon alongside to render assistance: When the mail bags, the cargo of the William IV and all the passengers with the Captain were transferred to her and left for Kingston where she arrived safe on Wednesday night. The conduct of both Captain Jones and the Pilot, Mr. Cowan, were extremely praiseworthy, being calm, cautious and persevering.
Attempts were repeatedly made to stop the progress of the leak by pumping; and it was only to save the lives of the passengers and preserve the vessel, that she was run on shore. There was not the least probability that the William IV would have floated to Kingston in such weather as that of Wednesday. Capt. Jones left town for Prescott, to bring up Alpheus Jones, Esq., Agent for the proprietors, who will probably take immediate steps for the raising of the steamboat. It is but a very short time since, that the William IV underwent a thorough repair on the Railway at Niagara. - [Whig]