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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Aug. 3, 1842

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p.2 Ports of Toronto and Hamilton declared free Warehousing Ports.

p.3 To the Editor of the Chronicle and Gazette.

Sir, - As the inhabitants of this portion of the continent are not disposed to allow 63 of their fellow creatures to be hurried out of this world without some inquiry as to the cause, and as public attention has very naturally been directed to the dreadful disaster on board the steamer Shamrock, I wish, on behalf of our common human nature to propose the following questions through the Chronicle.

1. Is it true that the Niagara Harbour and Dock Company, who made the Engine of the Shamrock, had not a sufficient quantity of the proper quality of iron for constructing the boiler of that vessel, and that they were obliged to use an inferior quality in consequence, in order to get the boat ready by a certain period?

2. Is it true that the owners of the Shamrock were apprized of this circumstance, and agreed to accept the vessel, notwithstanding, for the PRESENT until a better boiler or better iron could be procured?

3. Is it true that Messrs. Sanderson & Murray refused to accept another steam boat from the same Niagara Company, in consequence of a defective boiler? The boat's name, I believe, was the Gem.

4. Is it true that another forwarding company in this Town own a steamboat, which had something go wrong with her boiler between this place and Montreal, by which several persons were scalded, and that the matter was hushed up?

By giving these questions an insertion in your next paper, you may be the means of stirring up a little inquiry among honest men, who do not like to see their fellow creatures' lives put at risque for the sake of making money in a hurry.

I am, Sir

Your obd't servant,

Kingston July 28th AN EMIGRANT.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Aug. 3, 1842