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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Dec. 13, 1843

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Montreal, Dec. 5th - Our attention has been called to the numerous casualties which have, within a short period occurred, occurred to the crafts engaged in our inland navigation between Kingston and Montreal. We leave the annexed list of casualties, on a portion only of the St. Lawrence, within little more than one short month, to tell its own tale: -

Oct 11th - Barge Cadmus, with a cargo consisting of 3602 bushels wheat, wrecked on the Chateauguay Shoals, got off, and missed the Lachine Canal. A total loss.

Oct. 11th - Barge Herbert, cargo 920 bbls. flour, wrecked in the Lachine Rapids. Cargo mostly saved in a damaged state.

Oct. 20th - Barge Shamrock, cargo 3567 bushels wheat, ran against a steamer in the port of Montreal and sank immediately. All the property damaged.

Oct. 21st - Barge Quain, cargo 2429 bushels wheat and 100 bbls. flour, ran aground near Coteau du Lac. Unloaded, and property saved without damage.

Oct. 24th - Barge Onion, cargo 2784 bush. wheat, 419 bbls. flour, and 9 bbls. ashes, wrecked on Crab Island in the Long Sault. Cargo unloaded and reshipped - part damaged.

Oct. 29th - Barge Rowena, cargo 560 bushels wheat, 511 bbls. flour, 14 bbls. ashes and 4 bbls. pork, stuck in the new channel. Part of the property saved, boat a wreck.

Oct. 29th - Barge Lotus, cargo 616 bbls. flour, and 74 kegs butter, ran aground below the Cedars. Unloaded and got off without damage.

Oct. 29th - Barge Jean Baptiste, cargo 2259 bushels wheat, ran ashore above Coteau du Lac. Unloaded, and property saved without loss.

Oct. 31st, Barge Kingston, cargo 836 bbls. flour. Two and a half feet water in the hold and all the ground tier damaged. 400 bbls. transhipped to lighten her.

Nov. 6th, Barge Martha, cargo 1043 bbls. flour and 2 bbls. ashes, wrecked at Split Rock. Property partly saved; lower tier of flour damaged.

Nov. 6th - Barge Wellington, cargo 3857 bushels wheat, 36 tierces beef and 20 bbls. flour, grounded on the Pointe au Diable. Property unloaded and reshipped without damage.

Nov. 6th - Barge Disette No. 2, cargo 2829 bush. wheat, 50 bbls. flour, 31 tierces pork, and 20 bbls. ashes, wrecked at the Split Rock. Property partly saved; the rest an entire loss.

Nov. 5th - Barge Trinton, cargo 557 bbls. flour, 1566 bushels wheat, 66 bbls. ashes, and 59 kegs butter, ran aground at Caughnawaga; unloaded and towed off; but ran again aground, and was lighted and got off, with loss of rudder.

Nov. 14th - Barge Dissette No. 1, cargo 1888 bushels of wheat, 59 bbls. ashes, and 31 tierces beef, grounded in the Gallops and lighted off, and wrecked in the new Cedar Channel. The boat and the greatest portion of the cargo entirely lost.

Nov. 16th - Barge Clyde, cargo 1050 bbls. flour, ran aground. Cargo unloaded and reshipped without loss. [Gazette]

Mr. Walter Elliott, of this town, Niagara, has during the last season been making an experiment which has answered his expectations, and the success of which will probably lead the way to fresh exertions of Provincial enterprise. He despatched a schooner to Lake Huron on a fishing expedition. She has returned with a cargo of 230 barrels of herrings (as many as she could stow) of a quality far superior to any that have ever been caught in Lake Ontario, and which have met with very ready sale. [Niagara Chronicle]

The Princess Royal arrived in port on Sunday afternoon with a deputation of 19 men frcm Toronto, on board, who came down to present an Address from inhabitants of that city, to his Excellency the Governor General....

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Dec. 13, 1843