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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), June 12, 1844

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p.2 The Schooner Enterprise, Capt. Britton, was dismasted in a squall on Monday evening, off the Ducks. One of Messrs. Ives vessels, the Invincible, Capt. Masson, towed her into port yesterday.

p.3 Fatal Accident - We regret to learn that the Schooner Primrose, of Wellington, Henry Stanton, Master, while coming out of the harbor of Presque Isle on Thursday morning last, lost one of her crew, Sydney Stanton, brother to the master, a fine intelligent lad about 18 years of age. While they were making a tack the main boom swinging round struck him and carried him overboard. A boat was immediately lowered but the body could not be found. [Picton Sun]

Steam Boat Traveller - We are authorized to say that the above boat was purchased by Mr. Russell, for a Company. She will be removed to Hamilton in a short time; her Cabins, etc., fitted for Passengers. It is intened to run her twice a week, between Hamilton and Kingston next season, and will be commanded by Capt. Sutherland; his engagements with the Mail Line prevents him from putting the Boat on the route this season. [Hamilton Gazette]

Rapid Trip - The Schooner Lord Seaton, G.W. Smith, master, arrived at this port on Thursday last, being only 19 days since her departure, during which time she has been to Kingston, where she remained four days. Capt. Smith assures us that he was but little over 24 hours in coming from the Rond Eau clear round the Peninsula to Chatham. This trip of the Lord Seaton has certainly "eventuated in a spanker," which we do not remember to have been excelled. [Chatham Journal]

We observe that the Toronto Colonist is advocating the building of a propeller to run from that city through the Welland Canal to Port Stanley. Our contemporary is probably not aware that the Niagara Dock Company has commenced building a Steamer of 75 horse power, which is intended to ply from Chippewa to the various British ports on Lake Erie. Part of the plank for this vessel has already been sent to Chippawa (where she is to be put together) and it is expected that the keel will be laid the week after next, and that she will be ready for launching by the first of October. Neither skill nor cost will be spared to render her the crack vessel of Lake Erie, and what the Dock Company can accomplish may be inferred from what it has done already - the noble fleet of steamers on Lake Ontario, and the Emerald by far the fastest boat on Lake Erie, furnish ample proof of what the Company is able to perform. The new vessel is to be 170 feet long, and in the construction of her engines and boilers, advantage will be taken of the latest improvements. The enterprise is one that should receive all the countenance and support which the Government and the commercial world can extend to it.

[Niagara Chronicle]

Affrays at Cleveland - ...On the same day two sailors, who had been discharged from a schooner, returned on board and split open the head of one of their late companions with a crow-bar.

On Sunday, also, a schooner laden with flour, wheat and corn, was sunk, by being run into by a steamboat. [Rochester Democrat]

An inquest was on Monday held at St. Catharines by Mr. St. John, on the body of Augustus A. P:ickering, master and owner of a schooner bound from Sackett's Harbor to the upper lakes. The deceased, it appeared, had left his vessel early in the morning, and the attention of a passerby was soon after attracted by an unusual noise in a wood about 80 rods from the vessel, upon entering which he found the unfortunate man stretched upon his breast and bleeding profusely from a dreadful gash in his throat, which a razor by his side and other circumstances conclusively showed had been inflicted by his own hand. He was alive when discovered but died shortly afterwards, and on examination it was discovered that both the windpipe and jugular vein were severed. The deceased had been subject to fits of insanity, and on the voyage which has turned out to be his last, he was accompanied by his brother-in-law, for the express purpose of taking care that no evil happened to him. It is believed that the fact of his having built his vessel somewhat too large for the canal locks had a bad effect upon his mind. The Jury returned a verdict of Insanity. The body has been taken to Sackett's Harbor, where the wife and six children of the deceased reside.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), June 12, 1844