p.2 The last ten days have proved fruitful in disasters to barges descending the St. Lawrence. Four of these craft, the Perth, Clara Fisher, Quain, and Hawk, were consigned to Messrs. Macpherson, Crane & Co. They had on board about 2100 barrels flour, three-fourths of which are probably damaged, and about sixty barrels totally lost; and about 2000 bushels wheat, the loss on which will be about half its value. The Bellona, belonging to Messrs. Henderson, Hooker & Co., with about 850 barrels of flour; the Huron, the property of Messrs. Ross, Mathie & Co., and loaded with about 2000 bushels wheat; and the Caractacus, with wheat and flour, to Messrs. E. Hackett & Co., are the other sufferers in this chapter of accidents. The Huron's cargo is believed to be but slightly injured; that of the Bellona, from the nature of her accident, is supposed to be much damaged and of the cargo of the Caractacus, we cannot speak with any certainty. The last mentioned barge, when in tow of the William IV, below Kingston, sprung a leak, and sunk; all the other barges mentioned above, met their misfortunes in the Cedars rapid, the navigation of which, from the unprecedented lowness of the water, is unusually hazardous. The cargoes of these vessels were insured, we understand, with the St. Lawrence Inland Assurance Company of Prescott.
In the previous part of this season, out of twelve barges belonging to different forwarders which have suffered injury in their descent of the St. Lawrence, nine have met with accidents in the Cedars rapid, and three at Crab Island, a point difficult to avoid, at the foot of the Longue Sault. [Montreal Gazette]
Capt. Boxer C.B. of the Royal Navy, has been appointed Captain of the Port and Harbour Master of Quebec.
use of diving dress to clean up Montreal harbour. [Montreal Gazette]
Board of Works reports on improvements.
Wanted Immediately for the Naval Establishment at Kingston, a Seaman's School-Master, application to be made (if by letter post paid,) to the Rev. Nathaniel Proctor, Chaplain R.N., Dock Yard, Kingston, stating qualifications and giving satisfactory reference as to religious and moral character. Pay per annum 48 Pounds 8s. 6d., with other allowances.
Naval Yard, Kingston, Nov. 12th, 1841.
N.B. Applicants must be prepared to undergo an examination.