The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Argus (Kingston, ON), June 30, 1848

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The American Navy.

On Tuesday, the Officers of the American vessel Jefferson, commanded by Captain Howard, and Dallas, commanded by Captain Ottinger, entertained at lunch on board the former of these vessels, a large party of Officers in Her Majesty's service, and civilians. The eatables were catered by Cicolari, and were of primest quality. After partaking of the many good things placed before them, and imbibing just sufficient of the sparkling juice of the grape to justify their feeling pleased with themselves, the party commenced dancing on the deck of the vessel, to the music of the splendid band of the 20th Regt.; and continued the Quadrille and Waltz, until nearly 6 o'clock. During the dancing, Her Majesty's steamer Cherokee, which was moored close to the Jefferson, continued to practice target shooting. Nine of the 16 shots we watched, passed through the target placed at 1200 yds. distance. - The scene altogether was a most delightful one. The booming of the Cherokee's long 68 pounders contrasted with the sweet sounds of the band, and the intermixture of British and American uniforms, had a most pleasing effect.

In the evening the American officers dined at the Mess of the 20th Regt. Next morning, at an early hour, the Dallas, suitably lightened to proceed down the St. Lawrence, was taken in tow by one of Messrs. John H. Greer & Co.'s powerful tug boats. And this morning at 4 o'clock, the Jefferson, also lightened, followed her. Both vessels have every hope of a safe passage. Captain Fraser actively superintends the whole of the arrangements.

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The Dawn.

The following particulars with respect to this ill-fated steamer will be read with interest. Our readers will recollect that the bows of the Dawn were stated to be under water, and that the force of her descent down the rapid had almost lifted her over the shoal or rock on which she struck. On Monday the men employed by Messrs. Jones & Co., went to work, and were busied all day in removing 300 barrels of flour from the after hold, together with all the lighter parts of her engine, furniture, etc., which were conveyed to the nearest island. About 10 o'clock on Monday night the steamer moved off the rock and glided down the river for about a mile, when she brought up on another shoal, in comparatively still water, and where she can be easily approached by barges or other steamers. Several competent judges in such matters are of opinion that her bottom has sustained no material injury, and that after she is pumped out there will be no difficulty in bringing her safely to Montreal. We have no doubt but that, if this be the case, she will, under the direction of her spirited proprietors, speedily resume her place on the line between this and Hamilton. [Montreal Courier]

p.3 Inquest - An Inquest was held, on the 23rd instant, before G. Duggan, Esq. Coroner, on the body of John Eller, or Ellah, a sailor, belonging to the schooner W.H. Boulton. In coming into the harbour, on the night before, the vessel ran aground. Eller, with other men, went into a boat to get out the anchor; a rope accidentally got coiled round his leg, he called out for an axe or a knife; the Captain threw a knife to him in the boat, he commenced cutting the rope, when he was unfortunately overboard, and sunk. He was found next morning with the knife in his hand. [Colonist]

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Argus (Kingston, ON), June 30, 1848