TO THE EDITOR OF THE ARGUS.
In the hurry of making my few remarks consequent upon the unfortunate accident to the Steamer Magnet, which appeared in your last Argus, I omitted to state that which I intended most to dwell upon, viz. the risk attending the large class Steamers in Lake and River Navigation.
We will suppose, for instance, that the plan I propose, namely, a powerful tug steamer and barges, had been employed in conveying goods from Montreal or Quebec (as was the Magnet's case) and the tug had met with the accident; the barges and cargo at all events would have been safe and ready to be pushed on by any of the numerous propellers moving upwards, and the tug which would not cost at the most more than 1500 Pounds, could be attended to at leisure; whereas the cost of one of these large class steamers cannot be less than eight or ten thousand pounds, and it is impossible to deny that they will always be liable to the same risk; the ship canals and Beauharnois job to the contrary notwithstanding.
I am, Mr. Editor,
Your obed't servant,
24th Nov., 1847.
We have been apprized, by a Correspondent, that, during the storm on Saturday night week, the schooner Minerva Cobourg was cast ashore about half a mile west from Port Whitby, - all hands saved. The vessel, at the date of our Correspondent's letter (16th November), lay in about two feet water, having sustained considerable damage in her bottom timbers, and had her rudder and stern post torn away. [Colonist]