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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), July 29, 1843

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p.2 Arrival of the Oswego - The steam schooner Oswego, Capt. Davis, arrived at this port on Saturday the 8th instant, from Chicago, with 900 barrels of pork to Messrs. Bronson & Crocker. This vessel has performed the trip from this port to Chicago and back, discharging and receiving freight at nearly all the ports on Lake Michigan, and at Cleveland and Detroit on Lake Erie, in 23 and a half days, being the shortest passage ever made. The distance traversed during this time by the Oswego is about ? miles, equal to a voyage across the Atlantic. [Oswego Herald]

p.3 Excursion To Sackett's Harbour - The Public are respfully reminded that the "Excursion To Sackett's Harbour for the benefit of the Wesleyan Methodist Sabbath School, on board the splendid Steamer Highlander, Captain Stearns," takes place on Monday morning next. We are requested to say that No Racing will take place, as has been reported, between the Highlander and the American Boat Lady of the Lake, the latter leaving punctually at her usual hour, 6 A.M., and the Highlander not till after 8 o'clock.

On Friday last the new steamer The Commerce, built by the Niagara Dock Company for Mr. Bethune, made a trial trip from this port to Lewiston and back, and, we are happy to say, her speed exceeded even the high anticipations which her beautfiful model caused to be formed. From wharf to wharf in going up she was 32 minutes, in coming down 21 and a half minutes - the shortest period in which the distance has been performed, if the Ontario is excepted. Her engine, which is of 55 horse power, worked remarkably well. The Commerce, we understand, will be commanded by Captain Gordon, and will leave here tomorrow to take the station of the Admiral between Hamilton and Toronto.

The Admiral will in future run direct between this and the other posts on the Niagara River, and Kingston.

The Transit having undergone a thorough repair and received new boilers, made a trial trip on Monday, and is now nearly ready for business. The alterations made in her have increased her speed, and the old favorite looks as well on the water as most of the new ones. [Niagara Chronicle]

Inquest - An Inquest was held on Saturday last, on board the Admiral steamer, at Port Hamilton, before John Ryckman, Esq., Coroner, and a respectable Jury, on view of the body of Benjamin Malcolmson, late a hand on board. It appears that deceased, on the arrival of the steamer at Oakville, stepped on the plank laid out from the boat to the wharf, when the plank tilted and the unfortunate man was precipitated into the water, between the boat and the wharf. He was seen to rise about two feet from the surface, when he sank, and every exertion for the time to save him, was ineffectual. The Captain of the steamer, being obliged to proceed, left two hands to look after the body. About five hours after the accident occurred, the body was dragged up and brought in the steamer to Hamilton. The jury returned a verdict of "accidentally drowned." The deceased was a fine young man, of good habits. His friends reside at Niagara.

[Hamilton Journal]

For Montreal Direct - the Charlotte, Capt. Marshall, on Monday. July 29th.

For Montreal Direct - str. Bytown, Capt. Sughrea, on Wednesday. July 29th.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), July 29, 1843