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Ship Arrivals at the Port of Quebec, 1823

The following information on arrivals, due to the condition of the papers, has been taken from various sources including the Montreal Gazette, Montreal Herald, and the Canadian Courant & Montreal Advertiser.
note: if ships' rigging or name of Master unpublished, it is indicated by -- (The newspapers were often filmed within their binding, making one side of some entries, unreadable, or only partly legible. This can lead to errors in the interpretation of the entry or missed entries. ) Be aware that there may be two or more ships of the same name, from the same, or different ports, during the same year. A few ships also made two trips in 1823.

see also St. Lawrence Steamboat Co. Passenger Records for Lady Sherbrooke, Malsham, New Swiftsure, Quebec & Telegraph.

May 09 - June 22 | June 25 - August 26 | August 27 - November 26

Date Vessel Master Sailed From Passengers Remarks/Consigned to
1823
Arrived at the Port of Quebec [Canadian Courant..., Wed., May 7, 1823.]
  Caution.–Ten dollar notes of the Union Bank, of the city of New York, altered from one dollar notes, are in circulation, and so neatly executed as to deceive a careful examiner. New York Daily Adv.

On the 17th March, while the Steam Boat Teche was on her way from New-Orleans to Louisville, two trees fell across the bow of the boat, at the lower end of Arkansaw Island, killed one man by the name of David M’Lane, and badly wounded four other men, besides four deck passengers. The forward state room, wheel houses, buckets, arms, &c. were carried away, and the fly wheel broke.

Arrived at the Port of Quebec [Canadian Courant..., Sat., May 10, 1823.]
May 9 brig Hugh Gregg 27 Mar Belfast   to Coltman & Hale, ballast. Intelligence, met much ice in the Gulph, saw no vessels in the River bound for Quebec
May 9 schr.   6 days Bay des Chaleurs   fish and oil
May 9 brig Port Spain Walmsley 13 Apr Bermuda pass. Mr. Shaw, Mrs. Hewison, and Miss French to Mr. Shaw, rum and sugar
May 10 schr Bonne Citoyenne Bernier 22 Apr Halifax   to M. Bell, rum and sugar
May 10 schr     Gut of Canso   with plaister [sic] paris
May 10 ship Camillus Baid 28 Mar Liverpool   to J. Jones, Jun., ballast
  New York, May 2.
By the arrival of the Packet ship Corinthian, Captain Davis, in 35 days from Liverpool, the Editors of the New York Daily Advertiser have received from their attentive correspondents, London papers to the evening of the 22d, and Liverpool to the 25th of April, Dublin papers to the 20th, and Lloyd’s Lists and the London shipping Lists to the 22d, all inclusive.
Slavery In British Colonies.
In the British House of Commons on the 19th of March, Mr. Wilberforce presented a petition relating to slavery in the British Colonies.

Mr. W. Remarked that the petition originated with the Society of Friends, commonly called Quakers, and it prayed for the gradual abolition of slavery throughout the British dominions. It was to him a matter of much gratification to recollect that the first petition which had ever been presented to Parliament against the Slave Trade, proceeded from the same body. They then, as they did now, appealed to the great principles of humanity and religion, and contended that the country ought not to pursue one line of conduct,–when justice and humanity prescribed another. The petition was read and ordered to be printed. Mr. F. Buxton gave notice that he would call up the subject on the 22d of April.


Erie Canal Packet Navigation.
The elegant line of packet boats belonging to the Erie Canal navigation company, will commence running their regular trips between Utica and Rochester, on Monday the 28th in the following manner:

A boat will leave Utica ever day, Sundays excepted, at 6 o’clock A.M. and will arrive at Rochester in 48 hours where post coaches will be in readiness to take the passengers to Lewiston on the evening of the third day from their leaving Utica. At the same time a boat will leave Rochester, and arrive at Utica in 48 hours, where boats and post coaches will be in readiness to take the passengers eastward. The public may rely on it, that every exertion has been made by the company for their accommodation. They have in addition to their last years establishment, incorporated into their line four new, spacious and beautiful boats, completely furnished, and are making arrangements, for more extensive improvements.
Utica, April 22, 1823.


On the 12th Instant the 1st division of the 60th Regiment marched from hence [Montreal] on their route to Kingston, to replace the 68th regiment, ordered to Quebec. The same evening the Swiftsure arrived, with four companies of the 70th regiment, who are to take up their quarters in this garrison.
Arrived at the Port of Quebec [Canadian Courant..., Sat., May 17, 1823.]
May 11 ship Rebecca Harvey 10 Apr Greenock pass. Misses Freeland, Dr. Smith, Mr. Freeland, Mr. Cameron, Mr. Chillas, Mr. Spence, Mr. Chip, Mr. Strong and Mr. Black to Laurie & Spence, general cargo
May 11 brig Bolina Nelmes 16 Apr Bermuda   to Heath & Moir, rum and sugar. Intelligence–spoke the American Brig Jones in the Gut of Canso, and the Brig Olive Branch from Jamaica near at hand. The Brigs Pegasus and Governor Hudson sailed a few days before her.
May 11 brig Olive Branch Thain 25 Mar Jamaica   to Findlay & Co., rum and sugar
May 13 brig Trafalgar Johnston 4 Apr Arnetto Bay (Jamaica)   to M. Bell, rum
  London papers to the 4th, and Liverpool dates to the 5th of April have been received at New York by the Ship Minerva, which arrived at that City, from Liverpool on the 6th instant, after a passage of only 29 days.
Mrs. Maria Townsend has been lately excommunicated from the Communion of the Brick Presbyterian Church in New York, for persisting in a disbelief of the doctrine of everlasting punishment of the wicked.
Arrived at the Port of Quebec [Canadian Courant..., Wed., May 21, 1823.]
May 14 brig Resolution Clark 5 Apr Liverpool   to order, in ballast
May 14 Quebec Packet Anderson 8 Apr Aberdeen pass. Mr & Mrs Hardy and family, Lieut. Grayso, R.N. and 4 settlers to Maitland, Garden & Co., goods
May 14 bark Benjamin and Mary Trotter 40 days London   to P. Patterson, in ballast
May 14 bark St. Lawrence Douglass 7 Apr the Downs pass. Mr. & Mrs N. Walker, Mrs Cuthbert, Mrs Brown, Miss Poole, Messrs. Antrobus, Myers, Levi, A. George, Newton, Reiffenstein, Trinder, Carter, Porter and J.W. Newton to Mr. Newton, general cargo. Intelligence, brig Robson, Quebec Packet, and about 12 sail left the Downs the same day–May 3d, spoke the Brig Robert, Neil; and on the 5th in the ice near Cape Ray Cherub and Carricks; 9th, the Cherub in company off Cape Rozier.
May 15 brig Cherub Rayside 5 Apr Greenock pass. Mr Maule, A.D.C. Mr. Connell and 14 settlers to A.R. Shaw, general cargo
May 15 brig Carricks Sparks 8 Apr Liverpool pass. Mr. Stansfield, Mr. Clowes, Mr. Brook and Mr. Watkins to H. Gates & Co., genl. cargo
May 16 brig Robert Neil 9 Apr Greenock 8 settlers to George Ross, general cargo
May 16 brig Robson Evans 5 Apr London pass. Mr. & Mrs. Dalrymple to McGill and Dowie, genl. cargo
May 16 brig Aurora Nelson 8 Apr Liverpool pass. Messrs. Penn and Stowe to Macnider, Aird & Co., genl. cargo
  On the 10th inst. The William Thompson arrived at New-York from England, and the day following the Manhattan, was off Sandy Hook.
Arrived at the Port of Quebec [Canadian Courant..., Sat., May 24, 1823.]
May 16 brig Thisbe Dawson 6 Apr Liverpool pass. Mr. Stansfield and three children to Maitlands, Garden & Co., general cargo
May 18 brig Eagle Henley 4 Apr London pass. Mrs Saunders and two children to P. Patterson, ballast
May 18 schr Apollo Heaunce 14 Apr Gibraltar and St. Michaels   to Woolsey and Son, fruit and wine
May 18 bark John Howard Smith   St. Michaels   to Wm. Sheppard, fruit
May 20 brig Charlotte Shearer 8 Apr Liverpool   to Mr. Leather, salt and sundries
May 20 brig Wm McGillivray Cousins 13 Apr St. Kitts   to Mr. Sweeney, sugar and molasses
May 20 brig Symetry Crane 11 Apr Newcastle   to Mr. Pemberton, coals
May 20 schr Dragon Cresson 18 Apr Bermuda   to Mr. Shaw, rum and sugar
May 20 brig Jones Richardson 23 Apr Boston 1 settler to Mr. Lampson, Naval Stores
May 20 brig Jane Allen 9 Apr Greenock 11 settlers to G. Ross, general cargo
May 20 brig Squirrel Mason 20 days New Brunswick   to P. Burnett, rum and naval stores
May 20 brig Southampton White 5 Apr Grenada pass. Mr. Barlow to Mr. Leaycraft, rum and sugar
May 20 brig Jane Masterton 30 Mar Dysart   to order, in ballast
May 20 brig Harding Bragg 48 days Bristol 11 settlers to Porter, Froste & Co., general cargo
May 20 brig Margaret Troop 2 Apr Leith pass. Mr. Graham and Mr. Andrews to Garden & Co., general cargo
May 20 brigantine Saguenay Nickles 35 days Trinidad pass. Mr. Longman to Mr. Stephenson, rum and sugar
  A number of other vessels arrived this day, the reports of which, we are sorry to say, we have not been able to obtain.

Letter Bags at the Exchange.
Brig Emma, for Liverpool, 22d May.
Brig Hugh, for Belfast, 22d May.
The Loyal Sam sailed for Liverpool on Friday last, and new Ship and regular Trader Thames sailed for London on Sunday.

Arrived on the 20th and 21st
Brig Alexander, Capt. Marshall, Liverpool, gen. cargo
Brig Cumberland, Capt. Smith, Liverpool, gen. cargo
Ship Lady Gordon, Capt. Bell, Liverpool, gen. cargo
Ship Quebec Packet, Capt. Atkinson, London, gen. cargo
Ship London, Capt. Chapman, London, gen. cargo
Ship Montmorenci, Capt. Wood, London, gen. cargo
Ship Shannon, Capt. Peart, London, gen. cargo
Ship Juliana, Capt. Smith, London, gen. cargo
Ship Crown, Capt. Banks, London, gen. cargo
Brig Monarch, Capt. Martin, Belfast, settlers
Brig Rob Roy, Capt. Kenn, Belfast, settlers
Brig Nymph, Capt. Clarke, Belfast, settlers
Brig Francis and Harriet, Capt. Dodds, New Castle, coals
Brig Choice, Capt. Jones, New Castle, coals
Brig Doncaster, Capt. Marshall, New Castle, coals
Brig Brilliant, Capt. Beverly, Aberdeen, gen. cargo
Brig Fame, Capt. Hamilton, Bristol
Brig Ceres, Capt. Ralft, Dublin
Brig Kingston, Capt. Collerson, Hull
Brig Dew Drop, Capt. Wokes, London


Quebec, May 20.
The Brig Jones, from Boston, arrived in our port this morning, being the first American trader which has entered at the Custom-House of Quebec, under the provisions of the Trade Act; the American ensign waving on this part of the St. Lawrence is a novel sight. The wind continues strong from the eastward, and vessels are hourly coming in.
New York, May 14.
The noted pirate, William Smith, who plundered and burnt, last year, the brig Alexander, of Glasgow, and murdered Capt. Ferguson, her commander, has been recognized in Havana. He was examined and committed to prison, and would be delivered over to a British ship of war.–N.Y.D. Adv.
Cork, April 5.
The brig Hawke, Capt. John Roe, after a passage of 30 days from Barbadoes, arrived here this day, from which she brings intelligence that a few days before she left there a French spy boat, from Martinique, had been discerned off there, expressly come for the purpose of reconnoitering the strength of the British force on that station. Communications having been made to Commodore Owen, he instantly despatched the Forte to Martinique, where she found at anchor, nine French ships of war, who expected to be joined directly by three French frigates of the first class. This formidable expedition is supposed to be for the Island of Cuba.
Notice.
James Henney a native of Ireland, aged about 24 years, Hazle eyes, Fair hair, Fair Complexion a down cast look, and a Swaggering Carriage, Genteely Dressed in a suit of Blue, height, about 5 feet 8½ inches, absconded from Mr. Wm. Hardie’s Brewery, and taking away a Black Poney, with a Harness and Calash [a light carriage with low wheels, having a top or hood that can be raised or lowered] ; he at the same time being guilty of a breach of trust–always having had charge of the premises.

A reasonable reward will be given for the Horse, and apprehension of the said Henney.
Montreal, 23d May, 1823.

Arrived at the Port of Quebec [Canadian Courant..., Wed., May 28, 1823.]
May 21 ship Samuel Whitbread Ward 32 days London   to Caldwell & Davidson, ballast
May 21 brig Hazard Howard 10 days St. Johns, Newfd.   to Mr. Le Mesurier, oil, sugar, &c.
May 22 brig Eliza Duthee 13 Apr Peterhead   to Irvine & Col, ballast
May 22 brig Clarkstone Service 12 Apr London pass. Mr. Clark and Mrs. Dill to Hancox & Cringau, general cargo
May 22 ship Crown Hadlock 8 Apr London   to W. Price, ballast
May 22 brig Charles Williams Trotter 7 Apr London   to W. Price, ballast
May 22 bark Oxenhope Minnett 9 Apr Hull pass. Mr. Elanburst and family, and 65 settlers to R. Wood, bricks
  this named family "Elanburst" possibly called Elmhurst aboard the steamboat Lady Sherbrooke to Montreal May 28th
May 22 brig Harriot Sibson 23 Apr Liverpool   to Chaffers & Co., general cargo
May 22 ship Mary Jacobson 18 Apr Shields   to Handyside & Co., coals
May 22 ship Ceres Walker 11 Apr Cork 67 settlers to Heath & Moir, wine and goods
May 22 bark Elizabeth and Sarah Patterson 12 Apr Newcastle   to M. Bell, coals
May 22 ship Margaret Fisher 15 Apr Liverpool   to G. Syms, general cargo
May 22 ship Nautilus Tully 12 Apr London   to A. George, ballast
May 22 ship Middlesex Mearns 13 Apr Plymouth   to Caldwell & Davidson, ballast
May 22 ship Briton Roche 8 Apr London   to W. Price, ballast
May 22 brig Alexander Booth 19 Apr Dublin 142 settlers to W. Pemberton, ballast
May 22 brig George 4th Thomas 18 Apr Waterford 111 settlers to Froste & Co., ballast
May 22 brig Amethyste Thompson 7 Apr London pass. Messrs. Woolrich, Rivers and Toft–Five on the ballast ground not boarded. to W. Newton, general cargo
  Vessels arrived 93.
Bark Caroline for Liverpool, 25th May.
May 22 brig Sarah Mary Ann Christian 19 Apr Belfast 201 settlers to George Symes, in ballast
May 22 brig Mayflower David 19 Apr St. Michaels pass. Miss Maby, 1 settler to Mr. Le___liee, cargo fruit, &c.
May 22 brig Gales Dawson 37 days Sunderland 18 settlers to H. Atkinson, sundries.
May 22 brig Sarah Rodgers 31 days Belfast 136 settlers to Stuart & Lemoine, in ballast
May 22 brig John and Mary Cant 8 Apr Newcastle 2 settlers to Handyside & Co., general cargo
May 22 brig Margery Hall 11 Apr London pass. W. Pecklong and six in steerage to Gillespie & Col, general cargo
May 22 brig Prince Cobourg Hogg 15 Apr London 3 settlers to _____, general cargo
May 22 brig Endeavour Levy 13 Apr Dublin 112 settlers to W. Pemberton, in ballast
May 22 brig Ann Maclean 1 Apr Glasgow pass. Messrs. Stuart, Macculloch and family and 38 settlers to W. Stuart, general cargo
May 22 bark Arathusa Hindbough 21 Apr London   to Campbell & Co., in ballast
May 22 brig Grace Martin 31 days Liverpool pass. Mr. and Mrs. Oliver to Holt & Co., general cargo
May 22 ship Canada Lamb 18 Apr Belfast 191 settlers to Heath & Moir, salt
May 22 brig Martinique Duncan 35 days Grenada pass. Messrs. Warton & Stokes to Mr. Warton, rum, &c.
May 22 brig Helen Erskine 11 Apr Dundee 20 settlers to Lawrie & Spence, general cargo
May 22 brig Prince of Asturias Dennon 18 Apr Dublin 127 settlers to Wm. Pemberton, in ballast
May 22 brig Isabella Morris 42 days Warkington   to G. Symes, in ballast
May 22 brig Jane McGrath 28 Apr Waterford 88 settlers to Froste & Porter, in ballast
May 22 brig Rambler Pape 14 Apr Portsmouth   to H. Atkinson, in ballast
May 22 brig Spring Skelton 20 Apr  London   to R. Wood, in ballast
May 22 brig Earl Moira Allison 14 Apr London   to G. Symes, in ballast
May 22 brig Latona Redpath 6 Apr London   to P. Patterson, in ballast
May 22 bark Isabella Ismay 9 Apr London   to P. Patterson, in ballast
May 22 brig Lord St. Helens Stephenson 14 Apr London   to order, in ballast
May 22 bark Ocean Blackbourn 14 Apr London   to P. Patterson, in ballast
May 22 bark Anuty Barker 8 Apr Plymouth   to Caldwell & Co., in ballast
May 22 ship Prospect Wake 40 days London   to P. Patterson, in ballast
May 22 brig Stonehall Peacock 12 Apr London   to P. Patterson, in ballast
May 22 brig Eliza and Ann Brown 9 Apr London   to Chaffers, Bolton & Co.
May 22 brig Renown Watt   Leith    
May 23 brig Ann Waller 11 Apr Newcastle pass. Mr. Maynard and wife and 2 steerage to order, general cargo
May 23 brig Fame Nicholson 1 Apr Sunderland   to order, sundries
May 23 brig Susan Blackaller 13 Apr London pass. Lt. West, wife and child, Lt. Bolton and servant, of the R.E. To Government with stores
  A private letter from Paris states that an Embargo has been laid on all vessels, either French or foreign, in the Ports of France;–“thus” (says the letter) “hostilities with Spain have begun by sea, as well as by land.”...
The Packet Ship Leeds has arrived at New York from Liverpool after a passage of only 23 days.
Quebec, May 20.
The passages from Europe to this port, have lately been remarkably short. The Chapman arrived yesterday in 27 days from the Isle of Wight; the Dew-Drop from London in 29 days; and the Cumberland on Tuesday in 28 days from Liverpool. The number of vessels which came in on Tuesday exceeded thirty-five. Most of them are deeply laden, and we look forward to the opening season for commerce, with interest. The war which has now commenced with no doubt raise the price of our produce and lessen the rate of exchange. The demand for wheat in London on the 19th was brisk and was purchased readily at advanced prices....

Several of the vessels arrived at this port, passed immense Ice bergs about the banks of Newfoundland; and we perceive that the ship Ruphrates [Euphrates] at New-York gives the following description of them. On the 27th, in lat. 42, 30, long. 59, fell in with islands of ice, and continued passing them till next morning–counted 27 large ones, and saw a great number of smaller bodies. Passed within a cable’s length of five of the largest. To one of them was attached fragments of rocks, small stones, and greyish earth. They appeared about 60 feet high and about half a mile in length–some of them with broken cragged tops, and others level. They quite becalmed the ship–numerous sea fowls, a small kind of duck, and several seals were seen about them.

Arrived at the Port of Quebec [Canadian Courant..., May 31, 1823.]
May 23 brig Nancy Ross 11 Apr Jamaica   to W. Price, rum and sugar
May 25 ship Hannah Webber 13 Apr London   to P. Patterson, ballast
May 25 ship Æolus Thomas 42 days Liverpool   to order, salt
May 25 ship Diadem Archer 13 Apr Belfast 316 settlers to order, salt
May 25 brig Hilton Bygate 16 Apr Sunderland   to Mr. Bruce, coals and glass
May 25 brig Agnes Mackay 54 days Leith   to M. Bell, coals
May 25 bark Sir James Kempt Stewart 24 Apr Cork 118 settlers to Sheppard, & Campbell, ballast
May 25 brig Blenheim Warren 18 Apr Waterford   to W. Price, salt
May 25 brig Pheasant   22 Apr Jersey pass. Mr. & Mrs. Duplany, and Mr. Savage to Woolsey & Son, wines
May 25 schr William Hawbolt   5 May Halifax 4 settlers to C.F. Aylwin, rum and sugar
  Vessels Arrived, 120
Passengers Arrived, 2294
Achilles Murat sailed for New York from Hamburgh on the 3d April, in the Daphne.
Arrived at the Port of Quebec [Canadian Courant..., Wed., June 4, 1823.]
May 27 brig Maria Hewitt 20 Apr Whitehaven pass. Capt Southey (Sorthy) and son, Dr. McCleary, Mr and Mrs Forrester and 53 settlers to Heath & Moir, rum, coals, &c.
May 27 brig Henderson Steel 11 Apr Whitehaven pass. Mr. Jackson, and 43 settlers to Mr. Jackson, general cargo. Intelligence, has been on shore at Green Island and received damage.
May 27 brig Maria Rey 21 days Ross 121 settlers to James Black, ballast
May 27 brig Ulysses Todd 24 Apr Newry pass. Mr. Marshall to Jos. Marshall, salt
  British Indigo.–A discovery has been recently made, which promises the most important consequences in a commercial and agricultural point of view. About two years ago, 280 acres of land, near Flint in Wales, were planted with the common hollyhock, or rose mallow, with the view of converting it into hemp or flax. In the process of manufacture, it was discovered that this plant yields a beautiful blue dye, equal in beauty and permanence to the best indigo.–Sun
On Saturday last the remainder of the 70th regiment arrived at this place from Quebec, in the Steam-Boat New Swiftsure–the 68th regiment having proceeded to the latter place to do duty in that garrison until further orders.
Arrived at the Port of Quebec [Canadian Courant..., Sat., June 7, 1823.]
May 30 brig Mary Todd 11 Apr London   to M. Wagner, ballast
May 31 brig Young Proteous Holmes 18 Apr London pass. Rev. Thomas Morley, Mr Munro and Mr Bellaird to J.C. Reiffenstein, general cargo. Intelligence, has been on shore on St. Peter’s Island and received damage.
May 31 brig Ajax Watson 24 Apr Portsmouth 10 settlers to order, ballast
May 31 brig Emerald Gray 27 Apr London   to H. Atkinson, ballast
May 31 brig Britannia Cram 24 Apr London   to W. Pemberton, ballast
May 31 brig Albion Hall 25 Apr London   to W. Newton, ballast
May 31 bark Caledonian Robinson 25 Apr Liverpool 6 settlers to Froste & Porter, salt
May 31 ship Hope M. Aucland 14 May Newfoundland   to P. Burnett, rum, &c.
June 2 ship Royal Yeoman Fly 27 Apr Weymouth   to order, bricks and ballast
June 2 Big [sic brig ] Peggy Hunter 24 Apr London   to H. Atkinson, ballast
June 2 brig Orion Turnbull 1 Apr Charente   to W. Price, brandy
June 3 brig Skipsey Marshall 23 Apr London pass. Mr. Fabre, Mrs Richardson and daughter to W. Newton, general cargo
June 3 schr Chatham Meredith 12 days Miramichi 2 settlers to Pattersons & Weir, in ballast
  The latest European news which had arrived at New-York at the date of the last papers from thence was received by the Ship Robert Burns, in 31 days from Londonderry.
Quebec, June 3.
The Brig Orion, with a full cargo of brandy direct from Charente in France, and admitted under the authority of the recent Imperial Act 3d Geo. IV. Caps 45, arrived this day.

A small Steam Boat of about 40 or 50 tons was launched on Wednesday last from Mr. Goudie’s ship yard, she is called the Experiment and made a trip yesterday to the Falls of Montmorency and the Island of Orleans.–Gaz.

Arrived at the Port of Quebec [Canadian Courant..., Wed., June 11, 1823.]
June 3 brig Liberality Hamilton 26 Apr Liverpool   to ____, gen. cargo
June 3 brig W. Tell Barnes 25 Apr Newry 210 settlers to Froste & Co., ballast
June 3 bark Commerce Thom 27 Apr Bristol pass. Capt. Snock and 10 settlers to Ross & Mitchell, iron and sand
June 3 brig Ranson Smith 12 Apr Portsmouth   to order, ballast
June 3 brig Allison Harvey 11 May St. John’s, Newf.   To Jas. Hunt, wine and salmon. Intelligence spoke brig Robert and Ann from London, on Saturday last off Anticosti.
June 3 schr Charlotte Chesney 11 days Halifax   to W. Price, sugar
June 4 bark Eliza Boswell 28 Apr Dublin 159 settlers to ___, goods
  Sailed yesterday the Brig Eagle for London–Passengers Dr. Laterriére and two Mr. Grouts.

The American brig Jones sailed this day for Boston, with a full cargo of oats.


Half-past 1 o’clock.
Latest from France.–The ship Othello, Capt. Lambert, has just got up. We have received Bordeaux papers to the 25th (?) April inclusive. The lateness of the hour prevents our procuring translations for this evening. The Honorable Mr. Forsyth, came passenger in the Othello, from who we learn that the French Army had entered Lagrono, on their march to Pampelona. The Duke of Angouleme had crossed the Ebre(?), on his way to Madrid. The inhabitants abandoned their homes on the approach of the invaders, and no attempts had been made to check their process.
The ship Othello from Bordeaux has arrived at New-York with French papers to the 25th April.
The Ship Eliza which arrived at Quebec from Dublin has brought Irish papers to the 28th April; the accounts from that distressed country are truly appalling...
The Rebecca sailed yesterday for Greenock; among the Passengers are the Rt. Revd. Alexander McDonell Cathlic [sic] Bishop of Upper Canada; Col.and Mrs. McGregor and family, Gabriel Wood (?) Esquire, lately at the head of the commissariat Department in the Canadas, Mr. Grey of the Commissariat Dept. and Mr. McDonell of Glengary. Gazette.
Arrived at the Port of Quebec [Canadian Courant..., Sat., June 14, 1823.]
June 6 brig Robert and Ann Robson 24 Apr Newcastle   to Handyside & Co., coals
June 6 brig Mary Ellen Guild 29 Apr St. Michaels   to Handyside & Co., fruit
June 6 ship Isabella Todd 17 Apr Hull pass. Mr. Esart and 33 settlers to R. Wood & Co., general cargo. Intelligence, supplied the Brig St. Lawrence, with provisions off Cape Gaspé on Sunday 1st instant.
June 6 sloop Reward     North Shore   to M. McTavish, salmon and oil
June 7 bark Clarkson Cox 47 days Hull 86 settlers to order, general cargo
June 7 brig John & Mary Grant 30 Apr Dublin 164 settlers to order, ballast
June 8 ___ Aid Leslie 42 days Teneriffe   to order, wine
June 8 ship Tobago Laidler 40 days London   to Wm. Newton, ballast
June 8 schr John & Mary Kenney 28 days Yarmouth, N.S.   To order, rum and sugar
June 8 shallop Jane Slaughteree 17 days Sydney, Cape Breton pass. Mr. McBeath, Q.M. 68th Regt. and two daughters, Mr. Protheroe, Mr. Shortis, Mr. Boulton and Capt. Starworth; The remaining two passengers (Mr. and Mrs. Finch) remain at Sydney. to Wm. Budden with part of the passengers of the Bark Constantia, from Bristol, wrecked 13th May near Gaharon Bay (Gabarus Bay), Cape Breton. The ship is totally lost, but all lives and part of the cargo saved.
June 9 schr Dolphin Denn 26 May Halifax pass. Mr. Gough to P. Gough, rum and sugar
June 9 Polly Collins 17 May Liverpool, N.S.   To Quirouet, Chinic & Co., rum & sugar
June 9 brig Laiona Morrison 29 Apr Aberdeen   to J. Whitney, ballast
June 9 Elizabeth McClean 54 days Grenada   to M. Sweeney, rum and sugar
June 9 brig Mayflower Cook 13 Apr Demerara   to Findlay & Co., rum and sugar
June 9 Dorcas Savage Bailie 10 Apr Port Ferry 51 (?) Settlers to order, ballast
June 9 brig Sally Little 5 May Sligo 130 settlers to G. Symes, ballast
June 9 schr Caldwell Quay 13 days Miramichi    
June 9 schr Farmer H. Dejersey 21 May Gut of Canso   to P. Sheppard, barrelled fish
  Ship Cossack, for Quebec, with 316 passengers, sailed from Londonderry on the 30th April.

Arrived at N. York on the 27th May, the British Packet Francis Freeling, Cunningham, from Falmouth, and 7 days from Halifax, with the April mail. 5 passengers.

Vessels this season 164–Passengers this season 3835.


His Excellency Sir Francis N. Burton Lieutenant Governor of this Province, came down from Sorel yesterday in the Lady Sherbrooke, a salute was fired from the Cape on his arrival.
Arrived at New York, June 2d, British Brig Grasshopper, Stoddard, 49 days from St. Vincents, with molasses and rum. The Grasshopper is owned in Quebec.
From the N. York, Com. Advertiser of 9th June.
Three o’clock, P.M.
The James Cropper of the Old Line of Packets, has just arrived from Liverpool in 40 days–having sailed on the 1st of May.
Quebec, June 10.
Sunday and yesterday brought accounts of two vessels which have been long due, and for whose safety the most serious doubts began to be entertained–the St. Lawrence from Barbadoes, which was expected to have been one of the earliest vessels of the season, but has been upwards of 70 days upon her voyage, was yesterday reported at hand, J.D. Hamilton, Esquire, having left her below and arrived in town; and on Sunday the Captain and some of the passengers of the Bark Constantia from Bristol, arrived from Sydney, having suffered shipwreck on the morning of the 13th May, in Gabarons Bay (Gabarus Bay), in the Island of Cape Breton; this accident happened about 2, A.M. when all the passengers were in their births asleep, and were saved with difficulty, many of them escaping to shore with little other covering than their blankets, the part of the coast on which they were cast being nearly 40 miles from any habitation the party, particularly the females, suffered much from the hardships to which they were exposed before they reached Sydney, the reception they there experienced was hospitable in the extreme, as we learn from the following communication with which we have been favored:

“Arrived, the Shallop June, from Sydney, with Mr Macbeath, Q.M. of the 68th Regt. and two daughters; Mr Boulton, of York, U.C.; Mr Budden, of Quebec; Mr Protheroe; Mr Shortis, and Capt. Stanworth; part of the passengers from the Bark Constantia from Bristol for this port, wrecked on the 13th May, near Gabarons Bay (Gabarus Bay), Cape Breton, from whence they proceeded to Sydney, in a small coasting craft, and were most hospitably received and entertained by the inhabitants, particularly Major Hull, of the 62d Regt. the Revd. Mr. Binney, Mr. DeLisle, and others to whose kindness they feel deeply indebted.”


Office of the Herald,
Norfolk, June 2.
From Rio Janeiro.–The brig Eliza Reilly, Capt Small, arrived at this port from Rio Janeiro, left that place on the 9th of April. Capt. S. Was detained a considerable time at Rio by an embargo laid at that port, while the Brazillian [sic] fleet was fitting out for the purpose of blockading St. Salvador. The fleet sailed the 3rd of April, and consisted of the flag ship Pedro Primeiro, of 78 guns, two frigates, and several sloops of war and brigs, the whole under the command of Lord Cochran, Madeira’s fleet at St. Salvador was represented to be equal to Cochrane’s, and well manned. Great complaints were made of the improper means used at Rio to inveigle the seamen from the merchant vessels in that port, to man the Brazillian fleet; some of them were entirely deserted by their crews....
The numerous arrivals of Emigrants from Europe which have taken place even at this early season, leads us to suppose that previous to the closing of the navigation for this year, Canada will have received as many of her fellow subjects from Great Britain, as she has in any former one.

It is much to be regretted that so great a portion of those who have arrived directed their course to the Upper Province, (some of whom we know of have been disappointed in their expectations, and proceeded to the U. States) when they might have established themselves to more advantage in Lower Canada.

The Eastern Townships on the River St. François present to the Emigrants very desirable situations–the soil is not inferior to any in either province–water there is good, and plentiful–and the climate excellent. If a land office would be opened at Quebec, for the purpose of giving information to the emigrants with respect to the lands for sale, situated in the Eastern Townships, or other places in this province and of giving encouragement to the new settlers, to locate, or purchase upon advantageous terms, we think it would be attended with beneficial consequences both to the Emigrants and the Country.–Any person who would undertake the conducting of an office of the above description, we are convinced would be well supported by subscription from those who feel desirous of forming settlements in the Townships.–We should be pleased if some of our correspondents who are possessed of sufficient information on this very important subject, would favour us with their remarks thereon, as we consider it the duty of every person in the community to render all the aid within his power, to induce the British Emigrant to settle in Lower Canada.–The great bulk of the people who arrive in this country from Europe, are impressed with very unfavourable opinions of this province, there opinions are founded on erroneous statements forwarded to Great Britain by interrested [sic] individuals, and the consequences have been severely felt here.–Many of the wealthy, and industrious Emigrants have as naturally proceeded to the Upper Province, as the river St. Lawrence pours its streams from them.

To do away with these false impressions on the minds of the Emigrants, which have operated so much against the improvement of this part of the country, should be the object of every individual who wishes the prosperiy of Lower Canada.

Montreal Gazette, June 14, 1823, Advertisement, page 1
 

THE STEAM BOAT SALABERRY

Will leave MR. KUPER'S wharf at Chambly for Quebec, every MONDAY morning, at 8 o'Clock during the Season of Navigation, and arrive at Quebec on TUESDAY morning - she will leave Quebec for Montreal every WEDNESDAY evening or THURSDAY morning as the tide may serve, and arrive at Montreal on FRIDAY afternoon, whence she will return to Chambly on SATURDAY morning.
The Subscriber begs to inform his Friends and the public, that all goods forwarded to him at Chambly, from St. Johns or elsewhere, to be shipped on board the above Steam Boat, will be received and stored free of expense.
Rates of Freight and Passage may be known by applying to Will. Watson, Esq. or Mr. Mott, at St. Johns, Wm. Phillips Esq. Quebec and at Chambly to AUGT. KUPER [dated] 31st May 1823

Note - St. Johns is the town now known as St. Jean de Richelieu. This service linked Quebec with Lake Champlain and ultimately the Hudson River and Erie Canal in New York State. By the time this advertisement was published, the Salaberry had been burnt.

Montreal Gazette, June 14, 1823

STEAM-BOAT DE SALABERRY LOST!

We learn with much regret, from Capt. Ryan of the Steamboat La-Prairie, arrived last night from Quebec, that the De Salaberry was discovered to be on fire last Thursday morning at six o'clock off Cap Rouge, and the flames having made so much progress as to be unextinguishable, she was run on the chain of rocks at that place. As soon as the accident was perceived by the La-Prairie, then about three miles ahead, she ran down to her assistance, and, in concert with two boats dispatched from the shore on the same humane errand, took off such passengers as had remained on the wreck, some of whom had taken refuge in the chains and rigging, and whose distress may be more easily imagined than described. Many, indeed, of the more adventurous had jumped overboard before Captain Ryan reached her, but he is of opinion that few, if any, lives were lost. She then drifted with the flood tide into the middle of the river, and, when last seen, was burnt to the water's edge. Both boats had left Quebec about two o'clock the same morning; the De Salaberry with about 150 persons (principally emigrants,) and a valuable cargo, all of which was lost; and the LaPrairie with 120, mostly of the same description - We understand that Mr. Kuper, who commanded the former, used every effort to save the lives and property of those on board. [Source] Courant.

Arrived at the Port of Quebec [Canadian Courant..., Wed., June 18, 1823.]
June 9 brig Sally Little 5 May Sligo 130 settlers to G. Symes, ballast
June 9 schr Caldwell Quay 13 days Miramichi    
June 9 schr Farmer H. Dejersey 21 May Gut of Canso   to P. Sheppard, barrelled fish
June 12 brig St. Lawrence Maxwell 60 days Demerara & Barbadoes pass. Mr. Hamilton & Mr. Morrison to S.D. Hamilton, rum, sugar and coffee. Intelligence–Received damage in her main rigging by the ship Retrieve of Philadlphia running foul of her at Sea.
  Arrived at New York, June 2d, British Brig Grasshopper, Stoddard, 49 days from St. Vincents, with molasses and rum. The Grasshopper is owned in Quebec.
The Ship Louisa Matilda from Cadiz, has arrived at New-York, with Spanish papers to the 26th April.–The Packet ship James Cropper has subsequently arrived, carrying London dates to the 29th April, and Liverpool to the 1st May, inclusive.
Arrived at the Port of Quebec [Canadian Courant..., Sat., June 21, 1823.]
June 13 schr Nelly Richardson 23 days Halifax & Mirimachi   to James M’Callum, sugar
June 15 bark Pomona Richmond 1 May London   to W.R. Wood, ballast
June 15 schr Humming Bird Wainwright 13 May Trinidad pass. Mr. Wainwright to Heath and Moir, rum, sugar, and molasses
June 16 ship Harriet Cummings 26 Apr London   to W. Price, ballast
June 16 brig Canad Potts 8 May Newry 153 settlers to G. Symes, ballest
June 16 brig Wesley Anderson 5 Apr Sunderland   to H. Atkinson, ballast
June 16 brig Northumberland Surtees 1 May Véramy (France)   to order, ballast
June 17 ship Success Martin 49 days Portsmouth 280 officers, men, women and children of the Royal Sappers and Miners and detachments of the 37th, 76th and 86th Reg. to government, stores
  The Weather.–For the last four or five days the weather has been excessively warm, attended with frequent showers, and distant thunder–Summer, it may now be said, has actually commenced its cheerful reign.–Vegetation is in so forward a state, that little appears from which we might draw an inference of the season’s having been backward; every thing looks as though it had received the kindly smiles of an early spring.
London papers to the 8th, and Liverpool to the 10th May, have been received at New-York by the Packet Ship John Wells, which arrived there on the 10th inst. After a passage of 30 days from Liverpool.
A Birmingham paper says–On the 15th March the wife of Joseph Ley, a labourer, residing at Nuncaton, was safely delivered of four children, two males and two females, Soon after their birth they were baptised by the Rev. Hugh Hughes their names were Faith, Hope, Patience, and Charity. The mother, we understand is a fair way of recovery; but the children did not live more than twelve hours. As soon as possible after their death a coffin was made to contain their bodies; and several hundred persons have called on the parents, in order to witness so extraordinary a sight. Lon. Pa.
Montreal Gazette, June 21, 1823
 

QUEBEC, JUNE 13

LOSS OF THE DE SALABERRY STEAM BOAT BY FIRE

It is with feelings of deep regret that we announce the loss of this boat. She left our port about two o'clock yesterday morning for the River Chambly and Montreal, with a full cargo, valued at upwards of 3000 [UKP], consisting chiefly of the summer investments of the merchants of the river Chambly: and had on board no less than 240 passengers, men, women and children, chiefly emigrants of the poorer classes. She had hardly passed Cape Rouge, about 4 o'clock, when she was discovered to be on fire. A quantity of fuel had been piled on the right side of the boilers under which it is supposed some particle of fire must have accidentally fallen. When Mr. Kuper (who had taken temporary charge of the boat, the master having lately left it,) was first alarmed, the fire seemed trifling: he hastened on deck, to direct that water should be poured down without delay; but on coming up, was astonished to find that the flames had penetrated the gratings over the engine room, where unluckily five puncheons of spirits had been stowed, one of which instantly caught fire, burst, and spread over the deck, communicating the blaze to several crates and hampers. The horror and confusion of the scene at this moment may be imagined but can hardly be described. The crowd of passengers huddled together in so small a craft, effectually baffled the spirited exertions Mr. Kuper and his crew made to subdue the raging element. In this perilous situation Mr. K. intent only on saving the lives of his passengers, directed the boat to be run on shore; in nearing which, and before the water shoaled to the depth of a man's height, she struck upon a rock; but the De Salaberry having fortunately two large American Boats, belonging to some raftsmen who were returning home, attached to her, these with his own boat would have been fully adequate to save every individual and much of the property; several passengers at this moment in a state of uncontrollable alarm, precipitated themselves into the water, and tho' every exertion was made to save them, five or six unhappily perished, an American Gentleman, a cabin passenger, whose name is unknown, is supposed to have been of this number. It will hardly be credited that in this imminent peril, characters were found so inhumanly depraved as to avail themselves of common distress to plunder their fellow sufferers. It has however been reported to us, and we fear upon too good authority, that this was the case, and that some of the first who landed detained the boats, regardless of the lives of those who remained on board, and commenced a most brutal scene of depredation and drinking. At a late hour of the day many were yet in a brutal state of intoxication, uttering the most ferocious execrations and threats against the proprietors of the vessel.
It is but justice to Mr. Kuper to add that during the whole of this trying scene, his exertions for the general safety were unremitting. We are sorry to find that the Boat was not insured, and that he thereby sustains a heavy loss independent of the property he had on board, being a principal owner. Mr. Willard of Sheffield, is said to have lost property to the amount of 600 [UKP]: Mr. Cartier and Mr. Franchere, of Chambly, were also sufferers. The destruction of this Boat will prove a serious inconvenience to the public, as by means of her a regular communication with Lake Champlain had been opened, and Mr. Kuper had spared neither pains nor expense to render her accommodations equal to those of any other Boat of her class. Mr. Kuper expresses the utmost gratitude to the Proprietors of the Steam Boat Telegraph, for their alacrity in sending that boat to his assistance; (list of passengers) several gentlemen of Quebec also rendered him their services. The Boat drifted as the tide rose, and was last seen off St. Augustin, nearly burned to the water's edge.
Hitherto the steam-boats upon the St. Lawrence have been singularly fortunate, this being the first serious accident which has occurred. It is unnecessary for us to appeal to the feelings of a public, always keenly alive to the calls of humanity, in behalf of the unfortunate strangers who by this cruel accident are left destitute. We have no doubt that the deserving part of them will experience relief in the generosity of the inhabitants of Canada.
Since writing the above, we have been informed that the hull of the boat, having drifted as far as Pointe aux Trembles, upset, and the engine sunk - making the whole a total loss of between 8 and 9000 [UKP] [Source: Quebec Mercury]

To the Editor of the Montreal Gazette

SIR - Having seen with a considerable degree of surprise the statement which was published in the Canadian Courant of the 14th instant relative to the unfortunate loss of the Steam Boat De Salaberry, and being anxious that no misrepresentations should go before the public upon this subject, I herewith transit to you two affidavits which will at once convince the public, that the assistance said in the Courant to have been derived in the hour of peril from Captain Ryan of the La Prairie was by no means of that decisive and useful description in which he has been pleased to represent it to the Editor of the Courant. In addition to these affidavits I have nothing to add but that all the aid I received from Captain Ryan was his coming along side in a pennace and carrying a few passengers ashore, and that had not our calamitous situation attracted the attention of a Batteau coming from Quebec, which came immediately to our assistance, every person remaining on the De Salaberry must have inevitably perished. In justice to my own feelings and to those who have so severely suffered by the loss of the De Salaberry, I cannot conceal that had the La Prairie approached nearest to us during the conflagration, the exertion of her crew might not only have saved all the passengers but almost every article of value on board. In this simple statement, I beg not to be considered as conveying the smallest reflection upon the Proprietors of the De Salaberry, any one of whom I am perfectly convinced would have rendered us the most essential service had they been present.
I am, Sir, yours, &c. AUGUSTUS KUPER

Note: The affidavits, one from Mr. Kuper, and one from the Mate and the Engineer said that they had attempted to pass a hawser to the La Prairie but Captain Ryan said his pilot said it was not possible to tow the De Salaberry. Perhaps they felt it was unsafe to take their vessel next to a burning steamer aground on rocks in the dark. I was surprised this letter didn't genenerate a rebuttal from Captain Ryan - flame wars are nothing new :-) The status of Mr. Kuper sounded unusual; it looked as if the owner was filling in for an absent captain. The area (Cap Rouge, Pointe aux Trembles, St. Augustin) is about 20 miles east of Quebec City; just outside the built-up area today.

  from the Canadian Courant, of July 9, 1823
 

De Salaberry 1823

(note: spelling of the ship’s name is varied.)

To the Editor of the Canadian Times
Sir,
I am under the necessity of troubling you with a statement of facts, and several affidavits, for the defence of my character against the open and causeless attack of a violent and unprincipled person,–which you will greatly oblige me by publishing. I need not explain to you the minute cause of this retaliation, as the assertions of Capt. Augustus Kuper–in the last Montreal Gazette, will convince you and the public of the necessity of my noticing that gross attack, in order to prove to the public, that I am not that callous villain his abusive mis-statements would represent me.

When I arrived in Quebec the trip before the one in which the Desalabery was lost; that Steam boat was already at the wharf, and I was obliged to come to in such a position as to run my gangway on board the Desalabery. I suffered during my stay in this position every inconvenience, and much petulant treatment from Capt. Kuper. I was a competitor for passengers, and he had the passage on board my Boat, and would not allow them to come on board. Even further still did he carry his jealousy. While I was absent, he ordered his crew to remove the planks from between the boats, and when I remonstrated with him, he said I had no right to pass over his boat. Exasperated at this treatment I reduced my price of steerage passengers, and went alongside of the New Swiftsure, over the deck of which I was allowed as is always the case, to take on board my passengers and baggage. I by this means took many of the De Salabery’s passengers. I would not have treated a gentleman in this manner; but I thought the illiberal conduct of Captain Kuper justified the retaliation. So much for Captain Kuper at Quebec.

Having made my preparations I left Quebec at the time appointed by the De Salabery. Her anchor being entangled she was rather behind us. About two hours after leaving port, a person came below & informed me that the De Salabery was on fire about three miles astern. I hurried on deck and found it true. I ordered the La Prairie to be put about and approach as near as she could with safety. The pilot however, opposed my wishes, and stated that if we should go out of the channel we must infallably [sic] run upon a reef of rocks. I submitted to the opinion of the pilot, not being acquainted with the river, and with tow hands in our only boat left the Laprairie and went to the De Sallaberry. Two large boats had reached her previously, and one of them was then employed at the stern of the boat. What she was doing there, I did not inquire, nor do I know. Report has since affirmed that she was taking on board Captain Kuper’s iron chest and papers. Of this I know nothing. I had taken several persons from the chain of the bow anchor to which they were clinging, when the boat from the stern approached us, and I asked Captain Kuper if I could do him any service, he said I could not; that the safety of the passengers was all that could be effected, the boat was lost. We then proceeded to the shore; and my affidavit relates the rest; to that I refer the reader.

I cannot let pass the affidavit of Captain Kuper without endeavoring to shew how absurd it is, and that this absurdity is a very convincing proof of its falsity. He says that he asked me to tow the De Sallaberry into a more advantageous situation. Although I have sworn to the falshood [sic] of this assertion, yet it would not be useless to inquire what he calls an advantageous situation for a vessel which he acknowledged could not be saved. The Desallaberry was already aground, and it is plain that the Laprairie, had she been able to approach her, could only tow her into deeper water, it is laughable to suppose that she could tow into more shallow, as the Laprairie draws nearly as much water as did the De Salabery, and must have grounded had she came to the latter. If Capt. K. Would imply by an advantageous situation, one where the passengers might be safe from being drowned, the fact, I think, that many persons had waded to the shore previous to my arrival, knocks on the head that argument completely. Had Capt. Kuper made the request spoken of, it would have been out of my power to have complied. But he never made it. For my own part, I sincerely believe that had not a dispute arisen between him and myself subsequently, at Chambly, in which I was provoked to use such language as spoke my honest opinion of that gentleman, he never would have came before the public with oaths and protestations at once absurd and false.

I cannot but believe that the public must be convinced, from the testimony which accompanies this statement, of the malicious disposition with which Capt. Kuper has conducted towards me during the whole affair. As far as was in my power, I did my duty towards a man from whom I had received the most signal ill treatment. I could have done no thing more for the safety of the boat had he requested it; and I think I should again do the same even for Captain Kuper, not because he would deserve it, but because my conscience would dictate it.

I remain your servant,
John Ryan
Master of the Steam Boat Laprairie
Montreal, 29th June, 1823

Personally appeared before me, John Ryan, Capt. of the Steam-Boat Lapraire, and being sworn on the Holy Evangelists, deposeth, that on the morning of the 12th June, inst. being on his way to Montreal, off Cap Rouge, he perceived the Steam-Boat Desalabery to be on fire, and having ordered the Laprairie to be put about, directed the Pilot to approach as near to the Desalabery as possible. On his Pilot declaring he would not on account of a chain of rocks, he, with two of his crew went in a small boat (the only one belonging to the Laprairie) to the Desallaberry. That a large boat had previously arrived to her assistance and was at the stern. That he having taken in several persons out of the water that were clinging to the chain cable, was approached by the large boat aforesaid, and perceiving in it Captain Augustus Kuper, the deponent asked him if he could render him any further assistance, to which Captain Kuper answered, “No, save the passengers the boat is lost;” or words to this effect. That all the passengers being on board the two boats, they departed for the shore, that having arrived there, further conversation took place between him and Capt. Kuper, to which Capt. K. declared that he wished deponent to do nothing but take a passenger to Chambly,to inform Mrs. Kuper of the misfortune. That deponent complied with this request, and went nearly two miles below for the baggage of the person chosen by Capt. Kuper as messenger. And further deponent declares, that during the whole time in which he was engaged in endeavoring to assist the Desalabery, Capt. Kuper did not request him to tow the Desalabery into any place of safety; and that he did not intimate that he could be further assisted by deponent in any manner whatever.
John Ryan
Sworn before me, at Montreal, this 30th day of June 1823
W. Robertson, J.P.

Joseph Perault, Pilot on board the Steam-Boat Laprairie, deposes upon oath, that on the morning of the 12th inst. he was on board that said vessel on the way from Quebec to Montreal, the Desalabery about a league astern was discovered to be on fire, when he received orders from Captain Ryan, to stand as near to her as was consistent with the safety of the Laprairie, which deponent did. Deponent might have approached much nearer the Desallaberry but was fearful of getting on the rocks. As soon as the engine stopped, the Capt. with two men went to the Desalabery in the small boat, the only one on board, and seemed to use every exertion to render themselves as serviceable as possible. When the deck of the Desallabery appeared clear, and all on board safe ashore, the Laprairie weighed and drifted up with the tide, when the Captain came out in the boat bringing a number of passengers, as the engineer has stated, when a boat appeared standing towards the Laprairie, the Laprairie was again put about and stood towards the Boat, and took a number more of passengers, when the Laprairie proceeded on her voyage and passed the wreck burned down to the water’s edge.
his
Joseph X. Perault
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Sworn before me, at Laprairie, the 28th June, 1823,
Law. Kidd, J.P.

Edward Stevens and William Williams, late Seamen on board the Laprairie Steam-Boat, deposed upon Oath that they were on board the Laprairie on the morning of the unfortunate loss of the Desalaberry. On discovering the situation of that vessel, Capt. Ryan ordered the Pilot to put about & proceed as near as possible, consistent with the safety of the Laprairie, which order was obeyed without a moment’s loss of time, deponents then proceeded with the Capt. in the small boat, the only one on board, to the distressing scene, and used every exertion for the saving of lives and property in their power.

On coming to the Desallabery, Capt. Ryan asked Captain Kuper what assistance he could give him, to which Capt. Kuper replied none, only to save the lives of the passengers, and some time afterwards Capt. Ryan put the same question again ashore, after all the passengers had been landed from the Desallaberry, and was replied the only thing he would request was to take up one of his men to communicate the news at Chambly, deponents with Capt. Ryan went down the river at least a mile and a half for the baggage of this messenger, and also brought to the Laprairie as many passengers as the boat could carry. Deponents were along with Capt. R. All the time, and do not believe that any conversation passed between him and Capt. Kuper but what they heard deponents heard no such a request made by Capt. Kuper as he states in his affidavit. Capt. Ryan expressed the greatest anxiety all along to render as much assistance as possible, and deponents do not believe that any man situated as he was could have done more. In consequence of a disagreement with Capt. Ryan, deponents both left the boat, they nevertheless consider, whatever their personal feelings may be towards him, to state the truth.
Edward Stevens.
William Williams.
Sworn before me at Laprairie, the 23d June 1823.
Law. Kidd.

Joseph Peltier, late fireman on board the Desalabery, deposes upon oath, that on the morning of the 12th instant, the deponent being at his duty in said capacity, using every effort to pass the Laprairie, then ahead; Capt. Kuper appeared very anxious that the Desalabery might pass, and ordered the deponent to fire as hard as possible. The same same [sic] order was also given by Mr. Stark, the Engineer. Deponent believes that shortly afterwards, Capt. Kuper went to bed, as he disappeared, and at the alarm came on deck with nothing on but his shirt and trowsers. Deponent saw Capt. Ryan come along side in a small boat with two men, and also observed him to use every exertion to save both people and property.
Joseph X. Peliter.
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Sworn before me, at Laprairie, the 30th June, 1823
Law. Kidd, J.P.

James Savage, Mate of the Steam Boat Laprairie deposeth that on the morning of Thursday the 12th of June inst. He was on board the said boat, on her way from Quebec to Montreal, when the Steam Boat Desalabery was perceived to be on fire, about a league astern of the Laprairie, deponent went and found Capt. Ryan in the office, and informed him of the circumstance, when Capt. Ryan came upon Deck, and ordered the boat to be put about immediately, and go as near the Desalabery as could be done with safety, in order to render assistance to those on board the Desalabery. The Laprairie was anchored about half a mile distant from the Desalabery, when Capt. Ryan along with two of his crew went off immediately in the small boat to the Desalabery. After the Laprairie had lain at anchor for about three quarters of an hour, as he supposes, waiting the arrival of Capt. Ryan, no person could be seen on board of the Desalabery, deponent weighed anchor, and allowed the Laprairie to drift up the river with the tide. And upon the arrival of Captain Ryan, who brought with him a number of the passengers, the engine was started, and a few minutes after a boat was perceived making towards the Laprairie, when the Laprairie was again put about and steered towards the small boat which had on board several more passengers from the Desalabery, who were also taken on board of the Laprairie, after which the Laprairie proceeded on her way to Montreal.

Deponent farther declares that Capt. Ryan evinced every willingness to render the Desalabery all possible assistance.
James Savage
Sworn before me a Laprairie the 28th June, 1823
Law. Kidd, J.P.

Personally appeared before me, William Warwick, of the City of Montreal, and being sworn upon the Holy Evangelists, deposeth, that being in the cabin of the Steam-Boat Laprairie, on the morning of the 12th June, the mate of that boat came down and said, that the Desalaberry was on fire. That he then went on deck, and asked for Captain Ryan, and was told that he had gone to the Desalubery in the small boat. That the Laprairie was then at anchor, about a mile below the Desalabery. That Capt. Ryan appeared to him to be giving every assistance in his power to the persons on board the Desalaber.

That deponent considered at the time, that to have approached near enough to take the wreck in tow would have been perilous to the Laprairie.

Deponent further says, that on the 20th of June, in conversation with Alexander Stark, formerly engineer on board the Desalabery; he the said Stark, told deponent that Capt. Ryan did every thing in his power to assist the crew and passengers of the Desalabery, and the he did not think it was in the power of the Laprairie or her crew to do more than was done.
W. Warwick.
Sworn at Montreal, 3d July, 1823, before me,
J.M. Mondelet, J.P.

Arrived at the Port of Quebec [Canadian Courant..., Wed., June 25, 1823.]
June 17 schr Eleanor Ann Goldsworthy 21 Apr Grenada   to Garden & Auldjo, rum
June 18 ship Cossack Thompson 29 Apr Londonderry 313 settlers to Wm. Pemberton, salt
June 18 sloop Margaret Bowden 12 days Mirimachi   to Captain, ballast
June 19 brig John Todd 26 Apr Leith 1 settler to Handyside & Co., coals
June 19 brig Alexander Boadle 43 days Belfast 103 settlers to W. Pemberton, in ballast
June 19 ship Princess Royal Townsend 16 May Grenada   to Mr. Laycraft, rum
June 19 bark Columbine Arthur 52 days Sunderland 39 settlers to order, coals
June 19 brig Alexander Errington 2 May Madeira   to order, wines
June 19 H.M. brig Chebucto Cimard, Esq. Commander 19 days Halifax    
June 19 ship Massau Grossard 3 May Waterford   to W. Price, salt
June 20 brig Margaret McCurdy 26 Apr and 30 May Demerara and Halifax   to Mr. Oliva, rum, sugar and molasses
June 20 bark Providence Stewart   Halifax and Newcastle   to Heath & Moir, coals
  The Lord Exmouth, Barrett, from Plymouth to Quebec, put back on the 28th inst. Having lost her masts off Cape Clear.
Arrived at the Port of Quebec [Canadian Courant..., Sat., June 28, 1823.]
June 22 brig Three Sisters Boole 55 days Barbadoes pass. Mr M’Alpine and Mr Hordle to D. Hamilton, rum and sugar
June 22 brig Mary Louisa Rennie 30 May Halifax pass. Mr and Mrs Reynolds and Master Freer to Quirqouet & Co., rum and sugar
June 22 brig Elizabeth Bremmer 50 days Jamaica   to Irvine & Co., rum
June 22 schr Nancy Hitchins 18 days Halifax   to Quirouet & Co., rum and sugar
June 22 schr George Homer 5 June Halifax   to C.F. Aylwin, rum
June 22 brig Resolution Neil 7 May Belfast 130 settlers to T. Hays, ballast
  The Ship Margaret, Capt. Fisher, for Liverpool, with a full cargo, unfortunately, when about to sail yesterday, got on the wreck of a sunken vessel near the King’s Wharf, and was so much injured that she filled completely with water, and it is supposed will have to discharge. She had some Ashes which were injured.
The new Packet Ship Canada, arrived at New York on the 19th inst. After a passage of 30 days from Liverpool. The news received by this vessel with respect to the progress of the war in Spain, is not of a positive character. Reports were current in England that a negotiation was about to be commenced, in order to settle the difficulties existing between France and Spain, and that a French Peer clothed with diplomatic authority had set out for the army, from thence it was affirmed he would proceed to Madrid, where the business was to be commenced. These rumours had their origin in the French Journals, which have become proverbial for their deviation from truth, on subjects connected with the Spanish affairs...

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