The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Argus (Kingston, ON), April 7, 1848

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p.2 The Lake Ontario Royal Mail steamer City of Toronto arrived here this morning on her first trip from Toronto. The Bay of Quinte Steamer Prince of Wales has returned from her first trip up the Bay.


At a Meeting of the Kingston Bethel Society, held in the Mayor's office, 7th March, 1848:

Meeting opened by prayer.

Present:- Mr. Henry Oliver (in the chair),

John Wauby, Esq.,

Captain Robert Patterson,

Captain Thomas Maxwell,

Captain Robert Kent,

Captain George Alward,

Captain A.C. Ross,

Mr. James Irvine,

Mr. Samuel Brady.

The Minutes of the last meeting read and accepted. The committee to dispose of the seats reports that the seats are in the City Hall, and that they have made a proposition to sell them to the City Council, but have not received any answer.

The report of the transactions of the Society were then read and accepted.

The following gentlemen were then chosen office bearers for the ensuing year:

Mr. Henry Oliver, President.

Mr. Thomas Masson, Vice President.

Mr. John Waudby, Vice President.

Mr. James Irvine, Rec. Secretary and Treasurer.

Mr. John Waudby, Cor. Secretary.

Mr. S.W. Brady, Collector.


Captain George Alward,

Capt. Thomas Maxwell,

" Joseph Pierson,

" Robert Kent,

" Robert Patterson,

" William Donaldson,

" Peter McIntyre,

" Jonathan Curran,

" J.C. Ross,

Mr. John Walker,

Mr. George Davidson,

Mr. James Irvine,

Mr. James Stewart,

Mr. James Chield,

Mr. Samuel D. Fowler,

Mr. Miles Ferguson.

After which the following Resolutions were passed:

Resolved, That Capt. Maxwell, Capt. Patterson and Capt. Alward, be a committee to enquire into the practicability of employing a Missionary for seamen in the City of Kingston for this year, and to report at their next meeting.

Resolved, That the Bethel Society stand suspended for the present, for the want of support. The Committee have power to commence its operations again, should a favorable opportunity offer.

Moved by Mr. James Irvine, seconded by Capt. Patterson,

Resolved, That the proceedings of this Meeting be published in one or more of the City papers.

The Chairman then left the chair.

Mr. S.W. Brady was appointed Chairman, and the thanks of the meeting were given to Mr. Oliver, for his able conduct in the chair.

A.C. ROSS, Secretary.

Annual Report of the Kingston Bethel Society.

Privileged, through the loving kindness and long suffering goodness of God, to see another Anniversary, your Committee with grateful acknowledgements of the good hand of the Lord upon them, and humbled under a deep sense of their unfaithfulness in the important work committed to their charge, respectfully beg to present the following Report:

Before entering upon the Report, the Committee is called upon to pay an unfeigned tribute of sorrow to the memory of Mr. Edward Proby, who was one of the Committee of Management, and who died in June last. Except to those at a distance, it is unnecessary here to express the high esteem in which the deceased was held as a man, a citizen, a christian and a public benefactor of this Society and other benevolent institutions.

Now another light has gone: Captain Samuel H. Abbott fell from the deck into the hold of the steam-boat Queen Victoria, on the afternoon of March 1st, by the means of the slipping of the heel rope in taking out the mast; and not withstanding all the efforts of medical skill and the soothing hand of kindness, after lingering about fifty-one hours, he died. Captain Abbott was one of the Committee of this Society, and it is our affectionate and delightful testimony to bear record to the deep interest with which he regarded it, and the active exertion with which he seconded the formation of this Association.

This Association has endeavoured to act upon the principle that "union is strength." The very sound of union strikes a key that awakens pleasure in every unprejudiced mind. A Bethel Union is a combination of Christian energies and influences for the conversion of a long neglected class of the community, for gathering sailors to Christ, that they may go forth as representatives of our churches to the ends of the earth. It is a cause pre-eminently worthy of so hallowed a combination; and a cause, too, that will become the more absorbing as the character of Christ becomes the more impregnated with the spirit of truth and love. It is only lamentable that the church should waste so much of its time and strength in party conflicts, while the world is yet lying in the hands of the enemy, and opens so wide a field for its mightiest and united efforts.

The committee met occasionally up to April, or some of them; others never met; to discuss all matters of interest pertaining to the welfare of the society as were best calculated to promote its improvement, and to regulate the concerns of the society.

At a meeting of the committee in Feb. 1847, it was thought desirable to secure the entire services of a Missionary to seamen in this Port; but in this they did not succeed, consequently being without a Pastor, the Committee resorted to the gratuitous assistance of ministers of different denominations for the supply of preaching.

On the same day the Secretary of the Marine Temperance Society was authorized by the committee to correspond with persons favourable to the Temperance cause in all the different Ports on the Lakes, for their united efforts to further the cause of Temperance among seamen; and although it was not acceded to in all points, yet it was not entirely passed unnoticed.

Thanks to a kind overruling Providence, the arm of the destroyer is stayed. Temperance men have come to the rescue, and total abstinence from all that can intoxicate is becoming the fashion of the day. And while the happy tone of soberness is being diffused through all grades and classes of community, the sailor also is receiving the benefit of this mighty reformation. Sailors are beginning to respect themselves and to be respected by others, and the day has arrived when entire crews are shipped free from the scent and stain of alcohol, and have become the staunch advocates of Temperance.

The attention of the Committee was directed towards procuring a suitable place for their Bethel meetings. In March application was made for the City Hall; this was obtained through the kindness of the Mayor and Council.

Services were continued until June, and for want of attendance meetings after that were discontinued.

Vessels have been visited by different members of committee, and their crews invited to hear preaching, and upwards of 2000 pages of tracts in the English, French, and Gaelic languages, have been distributed among seamen, and in all cases thankfully received. The society is not in debt, and the seats, books and flag are on hand.

They are painfully aware of the fact that neither the state of the sailor, nor the efforts put forth to rescue him from the bondage of sin and introduce him to the light and liberty of the Gospel, are in any degree known, or the exertion adequately made by the inhabitants of Canada.


The thanks of the committee are respectfully presented to the following:

To the Board of Management for the Mechanic's Institute for the privilege of holding committee meetings in their room. To the Ex-Mayor and Council for granting the use of the City Hall for the purpose of holding meetings in, and to the ministers who have so kindly officiated therein. To the Tract Society for a number of Tracts in different languages. His Worship the Mayor for the use of his room for holding their Annual Meeting and a previous committee meeting; and to all those who have in any way assisted in sustaining the Bethel cause during the past year.

A.C. ROSS, Secretary.

Report of Sailor's Home.

At a meeting of the Committee of the Kingston Bethel Society, held 11th February, 1847, it was thought desirable to establish a Seamen's Temperance Boarding House in the City of Kingston, and a Committee was appointed to inquire if such a house could be established, and to report at their next meeting; the report was not made to the next meeting, a house was at length obtained and opened, designated the Sailor's Home.

It was hoped that the Sailor's Home would have been an Asylum for the oppressed, a refuge for the tempted, a protection for the virtuous, a home for the homeless, and a relief for the destitute.

The expense of fitting up and keeping the Sailor's Home while in operation amounted to £102 9s. 5d. The sum collected and appropriated to that institution amounted to £27 1s. 9d. The amount received for board was £5 17s. 8d.; making the total amount of money received £32 19s. 5d; leaving a balance of £69 10s. 0d. against the institution. During the time it was in operation, it had fourteen boarders, two of them came to the Home destitute, and have been aided in board and clothing to the amount of £3 4s. 2 1/2d. The total amount of the board furnished in days were 128; 82 days were paid for. It is proper to state, however, that the superintendent has made an effort, and it has failed, and that to his own loss, and in the result, he has received no adequate renumeration for his difficult, if not his faithful services; and if successful in collecting the sums promised to him, yet he may add to the loss of his time a considerable pecuniary loss.

Every donation in money or otherwise has been faithfully registered and is remembered and gratefully acknowledged.

£ s. d.

Messrs. J.B. Bryce & Co. 5 0 0

Hon. John Hamilton 2 10 0

Messrs. Hooker, Henderson & Co. 2 10 0

Thomas Kirkpatrick, Esq. 1 5 0

Messrs. McPherson & Crane 2 10 0

Messrs. James A. Walker & Co. 1 5 0

Mr. Thomas Masson 0 10 0

Henry Gildersleeve, Esq. 1 0 0

Messrs. Oliphant & Watt 0 5 0

Capt. Abbey 0 10 0

Capt. Peter McIntyre 0 11 3

Governor General 5 0 0

Mr. John Farrow 0 3 6

Mr. James Cheeld 1 5 0

Dr. Mair 1 10 0

Mr. Glassup 0 5 0

Mr. Peabody 0 2 6

Mr. Briggs 0 5 0

Capt. Jackman 0 5 0

His Crew 0 4 6

Mr. Crosby 0 5 0

£27 1 9

The thanks of Capt. Ross are respectfully presented to the following:

To the ladies of the Dorcas Society in connection with the Wesleyan Methodist Church, for their assembling at the Sailor's Home to sew for the benefit of that institution.

To Mr. Campbell, for gratuitous professional counsel.

To Dr. Mair, for his kind and gratuitous medical attendance to my family when Superintending the Sailors' Home.

To Mr. John Brockden, for the same. To Mr. S.B. Merrill for his paper. To Mr. McDowal for a few numbers of a pamphlet on the observation of the Sabbath. And to all those who have in any way assisted me in the enterprise.


p.3 On Wednesday last the Schooner Ocean, about 100 Tons burthen, was launched from the Ship-Yard of Mr. Thos. Dissett, at Portsmouth. The Ocean glided into the water in fine style.

Welland Canal - On Monday the 10th prox., this Canal will be in order for navigation, and with an increased depth throughout of nine feet. Masters having to pass through will take notice of the Engineer's directions, in a subsequent column, as to the new entrance at Port Dalhousie - the old one being now dispensed with. The Canal will be found greatly improved, and more convenient of passage than on former seasons. A capacious basin has also been excavated, at a point most convenient to the business part of the town, for the convenience of the lake steamers, and which the two locks below are large enough to admit.

Towards the close of last season, a demonstration was made in Thorold, against the use of the Canal on the Sabbath, and some convictions were had under the act for the observance of that day. These were appealed against, but were confirmed. It is now, we believe, determined not to require the attendance of the locktenders, etc., on the Sabbath; the Canal is therefore closed for that day..... [St. Catharines Journal]

Brockville, April 6th - The new and staunch Steamer Dawn, owned by Messrs. Jones & Co., sails for Hamilton, touching at intermediate ports, Tuesday the 11th.

For Sale - A number of new and second hand Skiffs, cheap for cash; also new skiffs built to order by


Barriefield, Green Bay.

April 3rd, 1848.

Phenomenon - on 30th Niagara Falls almost dried up from accumulation of ice at lower end of Lake Erie. [Niagara Mail]

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Argus (Kingston, ON), April 7, 1848