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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), June 18, 1842

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p.2 We regret to learn that a riot occurred on the St. Lawrence Canal a few days since, among the laborers. It would appear that a fight took place between the Cork and Connaught men, in which one man was killed, and another so much injured that he is not expected to recover. The ringleaders, including the man who committed the murder, have been arrested and committed to the Gaol at Cornwall.

Yesterday the new Steam Boat Prince Edward, built for the Bay route, was tried to Bath and back to Kingston, which distance we learn she accomplished within three hours; she is fully equal to the expectations of her most sanguine friends; and will, within a few days, when her furniture and painting are complete, take her place hence to the head of the Bay.

The Prince of Wales, destined we believe also for the Bay route, made a trial trip on Thursday and exceeded the expectations of her owners in point of speed, and from the fact of her having been built at the Marine Railway under the superintendence of that talented Architect, Mr. Shay, the public may rest assured that she lacks nothing in point of strength or beauty of construction.

We beg to draw the attention of our readers to the following documents which have been handed to us for publication by one of the gentlemen who came down in the steamer Pioneer with Captain Hilliard. The circumstance of running the Lachine Rapids in steamboats is a new feature in the navigation of the St. Lawrence, and is of great importance to the travelling public who in descending the St. Lawrence can now come from the head of Lake Ontario to Quebec by steam, with much greater rapidity than by any other mode of conveyance. For instance, it will be seen that the Pioneer left Kingston on Friday evening at 4 o'clock, and arrived in the Port of Montreal by six o'clock P.M. the following day, enabling passengers to proceed to Quebec the same evening, which latter place they would about seven o'clock on the second morning of their departure from Kingston: thus performing a distance of 360 miles in little over 36 hours, being at the rate of 10 miles per hour including stoppages, and with but one change of conveyance on the whole route:-

We, the undersigned Cabin Passengers in the Steamer Pioneer, Captain Hilliard, on her downward trip from Kingston to Montreal, via the St. Lawrence, left the former place on Friday, at 4 P.M., and arrived at the latter on the following day at 6 P.M. We have much pleasure in bearing testimony to the economy, expedition, comfort and apparent safety of this mode of travelling, which has one great advantage, viz. obviating the necessity of shifting baggage:-

Thomas Molson John Simpson

William Parker Wm. Dow, Sr.

E. Holden John Reid

Alexander Judd John Ross

J.B. Meilleur, M.D. D.M. McVean

G. Sanderson

Montreal, May 21st, 1842

We, the undersigned Cabin Passengers in the Steamer Pioneer, Captain Hilliard, on her downward trip from Kingston on Friday, the 10th June, 1842, left at 4 P.M. via the St. Lawrence, came through the Lachine Rapids, and arrived at Montreal at 7 P.M. the following day:-

Thomas Molson and Daughter

James Brock and Lady

John Fraser

William Beamish

B. Torrance

E. Haight

A. Latewell

p. Anderson

J.H. Abbott

Thomas Muckle

Thomas Hoege

Peter Perry

John W. Founden

L. Starr Easton

Montreal, June 11th, 1842. [Courier]


On Friday last the wind hauled suddenly from the south to the north and north east, and "piped up" as we seldom have seen it on this coast. A fleet of schooners were on their way down from the Welland Canal to Oswego and Kingston when they met the gale. The schooners Independence and Frontier made the harbor of Sodus before nightfall, but the schooners Detroit, of Cleveland, Thomas Hart and Hannah, of Oswego, were not so fortunate - the latter carried away her mainmast and rode out the blow at anchor about a mile above Sodus. The Detroit and Thomas Hart were driven ashore near the piers at Sodus in attempting to get into the harbor. On board the Detroit was 2300 bushels wheat which with the vessel will be a total loss - wheat insured at the office in this place. The Thomas Hart had 700 barrels of Pork for Kingston most of which will be saved, and the vessel we learn can be got off. From a reliable source we understand this loss can be attributable to the absence of the light on the pier at Sodus - if so this want of attention on the part of the light house keeper is unpardonable.

[Oswego Herald, June 14th]

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), June 18, 1842