The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Dec. 9, 1843

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p.2 The late Administration have been rudely attacked by two or three of the opposition prints for having appointed Col. Richards, late the Keeper of Point Peter Light House, to a similar office on the Queen's Wharf, Toronto. It appears that Col. Richards asked to be relieved, and the following explanation of the circumstances we find in the last Prince Edward Sun.

1st - In the course of time it was thought proper to have revolving lights instead of the former ones. This alteration being adopted, a more active man than Mr. R., who is about 80 years of age, was required to attend to the machinery, etc.

2nd - Mr. R., knowing that he could not properly attend to the duties of the situation, applied to the Government to be relieved therefrom, at the same time intimating his readiness to accept any more suitable one in their power to bestow.

3rd - Upon his resignation, he was offered the situation of the Keeper of the Light House on the Queen's Wharf, Toronto, (about 6 feet high) the duties of which, of course, he could easily fulfil.

4th - The present incumbent of Point Petre did not apply for the situation until it was vacant; consequently the former was not removed for his benefit. Neither has Mr. Palen rendered the Administration such important services as to entitle him to be a particular "favorite." I think, upon enquiry, it will be found, that so far from his being a very active partisan, he never cast a vote for either party in his life. And as to his being an admirer of the Administration, I can safely assert, being acquainted with both, that he is not more so than the veracious Editor of the Gazette was a few months ago. But one would think there was nothing very strange in it, that, when he applied for the vacant situation, being favorably recommended, even by Col. R. himself, and there being no other applicant, he should have received the appointment.

The Princess Royal left this port yesterday for Toronto, being the last trip for the year.



Of The Steam Boat


On Wednesday, the 27th December, at the corner Commercial Mart Buildings will be Sold without reserve the well-known Low Pressure Steam Boat Vulcan, complete as she now lies below the Cataraqui Bridge.

She is well adapted for the Rideau Canal, River, and Bay of Quinte Trade.

For further information apply to Charles Stuart, Esq.

Terms liberal, and will be made known at the Sale.

Sale at 12 o'clock.

William Ware, Auctioneer.

Kingston, 8th Dec., 1843.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Dec. 9, 1843