The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), Oct. 3, 1832

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p.3 The Montreal Gazette, received this morning, states that the Durham boat Belleville, Capt. Fenning, in running the Cascade rapids, struck on the rocks, and made so much water that she sunk near Beauharnois. We are sorry to add that 100 barrels of ashes will probably be lost.

The pitiful personalities of the Brockville Gazette, so far as we are concerned, are perfectly innocuous. Vulgar abuse is a weapon with which the Editor of the Gazette appears to be quite familiar, and we willingly concede to him all the honour he can derive from the free use of it. For the satisfaction of the public, we insert the article that elicited our remarks of the 19th ult., leaving them to say who is the most justly chargeable with a want of "veracity." It is manifest that neither the scurrility nor shuffling of the Gazette can bring him within seven feet of the truth.

The John By - This boat which was built at Kingston, expressly to navigate the Rideau Canal, was by some foresight and wisdom of the Directors, built about four feet too wide for the locks - the Directors having thus experienced their first failure then determined with equal sagacity and wisdom she should ride upon the waters of the St. Lawrence and in order to prove their nautical skill, placed the paddles behind, leaving a vacuum for the first rough sea, which would have the happy effect of swamping poor "John," and probably of filling the Upper or Lower Gap of the Bay, in order to prevent dangerous navigators attempting either for the future. After a four hour's trip, from Prescott to Brockville, we had the satisfaction to board the beautiful "By," to enquire the particulars of her extraordinary construction, and though at least two of the Directors were on board, we left neighbour "Johnny" just as we entered, it appearing to us that her wonderful machinery was such as to surpass the comprehension of both ourselves and her able conductors. [Brockville Gazette Sept. 13th]

We are informed that on Saturday night last the steamers William the Fourth and United Kingdom met in the Lake and ran foul of each other. It is said that a man was killed on board of the former, and the bowsprit and cutwater of the latter were carried away.

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Rick Neilson
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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), Oct. 3, 1832