A major disaster occurred in the village of Chippewa, on 26 January 1842, when fire broke out in the steam-powered grist mill owned by O. T. Macklem. When the flames finally subsided, the saw mill, foundry, distillery, granary, as well as a large barn and stable lay in ruins. Also destroyed were 2,000 bus. of grain, 5 carriages, and a quantity of flour, to say nothing of the patterns in the foundry, which was the principal manufactory of marine engines supplied to Canadian-built vessels above Lake Ontario. The loss was £20,000.
On the 17 March, the schooner LADY BAGOT was launched at Louis Shickluna's shipyard in St. Catharines, while at Port Dalhousie, a schooner was under construction in Abbey's shipyard. At her launching on the 7 June, she would be christened SCOTIA. The first total loss of a steamboat on Lake Ontario occurred on the 4 May, when the COMMODORE BARRIE sank after colliding with the schooner CANADA. She was bound from Niagara to Kingston with a cargo of flour, under command of Capt. Patterson, and was under charter to D. Bethune. All hands were taken aboard the schooner, which took them to Kingston. The collision was said to have taken place off Presqu'ile.
News items from the canals and the St. Lawrence in 1842 included the commencement of work on the Beauharnois Canal, and resumption of work on the Cornwall Canal. The Kingston Chronicle, of 16 June, noted that the PROPELLER, running mate of the ERICSSON, had left Montreal on a Wednesday morning and arrived at Kingston during Friday night, with cargo, mostly from Quebec. Another report, on the 4 August, stated that the steamboat PILOT,Capt. Tate, of the H. & S. Jones fleet, made the run down the river from Kingston to Montreal in 22 hours, including stops.
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