The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), Feb. 23, 1831

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p.1 Government Contract - calling for tenders for steam-boat transport from Prescott to Queenston and other ports.

p.3 The Welland Canal - loan discussed.

Died - Alexander McDonald shipwright of H.M. Dock Yard, aged 51.

On Saturday week, about 12 o'clock, while the labourers were engaged in blasting the rock which is being excavated for the purpose of building the fourth lock at that place, a stone weighing between 6 & 7 cwt. was carried by the force of the explosion within a few feet of the house occupied by Mr. Drummond, a distance of more than 200 yards. Here the stone striking another in another inclined direction, broke into several pieces, when about one half of the original weight in a solid piece, struck the side of the house, which it penetrated, tearing away the plaster and totally demolishing a partition between two of the rooms, as well as doing much damage to the ceiling. Mr. Drummond and several persons in his employment were at dinner at the time the accident occurred, and it is a providential circumstance that no serious misfortune occurred to them at the time, as they were not more than six feet from the place where the stone first forced an entrance. This is the second accident of the kind which has occurred to the house in question a stone weighing 18 lbs. having a few months since from a similar cause been forced through the roof. (communicated)

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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), Feb. 23, 1831