The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Argus (Kingston, ON), May 15, 1846

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Steamboat Explosion & Loss of Life.

We regret to learn that by the bursting of the steam chest of the Albion steamer between Lachine and Carillon on Sunday morning, - two lives were lost. The Albion is the property of Messrs. H. & S. Jones, and had previously made two trips this season with 12 barges in tow. On the present occasion she had but seven, and being about 6 miles above Lachine, was going with light pressure, when the steam chest gave way. One of the men, who was killed instantly, was a deck hand who had gone below to warm himself; the other, a fireman, had just renewed the fire, and was ascending the hatch, he was dreadfully scalded and died in the afternoon. The engineer was also severely scaled about the face and hands in endeavouring to save the fireman.

An inquest has been held on the bodies, and a verdict of "Accidental Death" rendered.

We believe no blame can be attributed to any one; the owners are most careful that the machinery of their boats shall be in perfect order, and that those employed by them shall be steady, sober persons. The engine is a low pressure, and the boiiler was thoroughly repaired and examined during the last winter. When the explosion took place, it was under a lower pressure than ordinary, and well supplied with water. The rent is very small, and no reason can be assigned for it. The engineer is a very careful, sober man, who has had charge of the boat ever since she was built. [Montreal Courier]

The Steamers Kent and London.

At the Western District Assizes which opened on the 4th inst. before Mr. Justice Macaulay, the case of the loss of the Kent came before the court in an action brought against the proprietors of the London, which it will be recollected came in collision with her on Lake Erie. The jury brought in a verdict of £2500 for the plaintiffs. If this verdict is sustained, passengers on board the Kent at the time of the accident who may have lost baggage etc. will be equally entitled to recover. [News]

Arrivals at the Port of Kingston.

May 12th - Schr. Elizabeth, Hamilton, 854 bbls. flour, D. Prentiss.

Schr. Peacock, Toronto, 2600 Brick, J. Carruthers.

Schr. A. Gage, Hamilton, 55 bbls. flour, Jones & Walker; 2294 bush. Wheat, H. & S. Jones.

Schr. Princess, Hamilton, 510 bbls. flour, Sanderson & Murray; 556 do., H. & S. Jones; 239 do., Jones & Walker.

Schr. Emerald, Port Hope, 484 bbls. flour, Jones & Walker.

Schr. Jane & Eliza, Toronto, 1272 bbls. flour, Quebec Forwarding Company.

Schr. Lady Bagot, Toronto, 140 kegs butter, Hooker & Henderson; 1438 bbls. flour, Jones & Walker.

Schr. Diana, Whitby, 330 bbls. flour, McPherson & Crane.

Schr. John Woodburn, Hamilton, 1300 bbls. flour, Jones & Walker; 100 do., Quebec Forwarding Company.

Schr. Nile, Cobourg, 500 bbls. flour, H. & S. Jones.

Schr. Hannah, Cobourg, 600 bbls. flour, H. & S. Jones.

Schr. Isabella, Bond Head, 816 bbls. flour, McPherson & Crane.

Schr. Anne J. Browne, Port Hope, 480 bbls. flour, H. & S. Jones; 672 do. Jones & Walker.

Schr. Empress, Cobourg, 600 bbls. flour, Quebec Forwarding Company.

Schr. Thames, Hamilton, 411 bbls. flour, Jones & Walker; 535 do., H. & S. Jones; 35 do., Sanderson & Murray; 259 do., Hooker & Henderson.

Schr. Britannia, Port Darlington, 406 bbls. flour, 103 ashes, Jones & Walker.

Str. St. Lawrence, Lewiston.

13th - Schr. Lord Seaton, Hamilton, 86 pcs. timber, Calvin, Cook & Co.

Brigantine Rachel, Port Credit, 2865 bush. wheat, 200 bbls. flour, H. & S. Jones.

Schr. Lord Nelson, 140 bbls. flour, 2200 bush. wheat, Jones & Walker.

Schr. Jesse Woods, Oshawa, 444 bbls. flour, Hooker & Henderson; 230 do., Quebec Forwarding Company; 198 do. Jones & Walker.

Schr. Sovereign, Hamilton, 908 bbls. flour, 548 bush. wheat, 5 hhds. hams, 5 bbls. ashes, 6 do. pork, Hooker & Henderson; 24 bbls. ashes, Jones & Walker; 12 bbls. pork, Quebec Forwarding Company.

Schr. Albion, Chatham, 6000 pcs. Pipe Staves, 300 West India do., Hooker & Henderson.

Schr. Jesse, St. Catharines, 1427 bbls. flour, Jones & Walker.

Schr. Concord, Port Credit, 768 bbls. flour, Jones & Walker.

Schr. Sir C. Bagot, 1591 bbls. flour, Hooker & Henderson.

Schr. Wm. Penn, Port Dalhousie, 86 pcs. timber, Calvin, Cook & Co.

Schr. W.H. Merritt, 1000 bbls. flour, Hooker & Henderson.

Schr. Canada, Port Dalhousie, 68 pcs. timber, E.G. Merrick & Co.

Brigantine Quebec, 177 pcs. oak timber, E.G. Merrick & Co.

Schr. Hornet, Oswego, 400 bbls. flour, Oliphant & Watt.

Str. Rochester, sundries.

Str. Canada, sundries.

14th - Schr. Merchant Miller, St. Catharines, 95 bbls. flour, H. & S. Jones; 1417 do., Jones & Walker.

Schr. Liverpool, Port Dalhousie, 215 pcs. oak, Calvin, Cook & Co.

Schr. Miriam Cook, Forty Mile Creek, 133 pcs. oak, Calvin, Cook & Co.

Schr. Helen Mar, Port Stanley, 4802 bush. wheat, McPherson & Crane.

Str. Lady of the Lake.

Str. St. Lawrence.

Barge Gull, Ogdensburgh, 710 bush. rye, Thos. J. Angel.

Str. Gildersleeve, sundries.

Shipments from the Port of Kingston.



Str. Bytown, 323 bbls. flour, McPherson, Crane & Co.; 153 do. flour, 33 do. ashes, Dougall, Redpath & Co.; 31 do ashes, Gillespie & Co.; 19 do. do. McPherson, Crane & Co.; 3 do. do. and 21 pcs. dry goods, Cuvillier & Sons; 51 pcs. sundries, Sundries.

Barge Ayr, 97 bbls. pork, McPherson, Crane & Co.; 47 do. do. Cuvillier & Sons; 100 do. do. Gillespie & Co.


Barge Oxford, 3767 bush. wheat, Maitland Mills.

Barge Rossena, 2736 do. do. do.


May 14th

Barge Bellona, 1100 bbls. flour, J.R. Orr.


Barge Mohawk, 500 bbls. flour, John Smith; 11 kegs butter, Thomas Kay & Co.; 610 bbls. flour to order of J.W. Gamble.

Barge Chippewa, 1000 bush. wheat, Hooker, Holton & Co.; 1021 bush. wheat, Gillespie, Moffatt & Co.; 585 bbls. flour, Hooker, Holton & Co.

Barge Martha, 1000 bbls. flour, Hooker, Holton & Co.; 42 do. do. Thorne & Howard.


Since May 11th

Str. Princess Royal, 500 bbls. flour, H. Jones & Co.

Str. Phoenix, 90 casks tallow, Knapp & Noad; 158 bbls. flour, W. Bradbury; 65 do. do. H. Jones & Co.; 3 bbls. ashes, 2 kegs butter, G. Morton; 128 bbls. ashes, 7 pork, Scott, Tyre & Co.; 8 bbls. ashes, to order; 10 do. do., H. Jones & Co.

Barge Frank, 243 casks tallow, Stephens, Young & Co.; 280 bbls. flour, H. Jones & Co.

Barge Maitland, 675 bbls. flour, James Hervey.

Str. Pilot, 319 bbls. flour, H. Jones & Co.; 11 kegs butter, I. Buchanan & Co.

Barge Arthur, 238 bbls. flour, W. Bradbury; 462 do. flour, H. Jones & Co.


May 12th

For Quebec, per Barge Devon, 346 bbls. flour, J. Gibb; 112 do. pork, 463 do. flour, H. J. Noad & Co.

For Quebec, per Barge Spey, 256 bbls. pork, 538 bbls. flour, H.J. Noad & Co.; 100 do., J. Gibb.

For Montreal, per Str. Quebec, 246 bbls. flour, W. Bradbury.

FOR BYTOWN - The Steamer Beaver, will leave for Bytown on Monday morning, the 18th May, at 9 o'clock. McPHERSON & CRANE. Kingston, 15th May, 1846.

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Argus (Kingston, ON), May 15, 1846