Another new Prince Edward Island ship launched from Summerside

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The Islander, July 1

We hear that the weather to the westward, for the past few days, has been extremely cold, and that rain fell for three days incessantly. Our farmers were crying out for want of rain, but we fear they have too much of it now.

The Protestant, July 2

LAUNCHED. From the building-yard of the Hon. James C. Pope, Summerside, on Monday, the 20th ult., the Barque UNDINE, of 388 tons register, (new measurement), built under Lloyd’s inspection. She is iron kneed and copper fastened, and is fitted up with all the modern improvements; and for beauty of model, good workmanship and material, cannot be surpassed, at least on this Island; she has been pronounced to be, by competent judges, second to none ever built in this place. She reflects great credit upon the builder, Mr. John McKinnon, who has always exhibited great skill in this branch of Architecture.

Jim Hornby: Lloyd’s Register of Shipping encouraged quality construction of sailing vessels, based upon their classification system, which was used by underwriters insuring the vessels. There is an oil painting of the Undine in full sail; she was sold in 1868 at Liverpool, England, like many other Island-built vessels, after employment by her builder for a few years in trans-Atlantic trade.

The Protestant, July 2


To the Trade and Public!

The Subscriber has been commissioned to sell by PUBLIC AUCTION, at his     Store, on Thursday next, 7th July, a large


saved from the wreck of the bark Eliza, from Liverpool, bound for Nassau. The STOCK     consists of: 300 pairs Blankets, Carpeting, Table Covers, Horse Rugs, Grey, White and Printed Cotton, with a large assortment of Shawls and Silk Dresses. Also, about 200 ends of Superfine West of England and Yorkshire Black Cloths; 165 ends Plaid and Fancy Scotch Tweed, 70 ends Shepherds Plaid.

Terms Liberal. William Dodd, Auctioneer.

The Vindicator, July 6

B.I.S. PIC-NIC. The Annual Pic-Nic of this excellent [Benevolent Irish] Society came off on Monday last, at that beautiful locality known as “Warren Farm.” Notwithstanding the rather gloomy and threatening appearance of the morning, numbers of young and old might be seen wending their way, in holiday attire, with well-filled baskets, and intent on pleasure, for Pownal Street Wharf, where the steamer Heather Belle was ready to convey them to the scene of festivity. Once on the grounds, dancing, and various games of sport, such as pitching quoits and playing ball, were immediately started and kept up with unflagging zeal all day.

J.H.: Quoit a time was had! A game that involves tossing rings at a pin, quoits was unlikely to cause those sporting Irish pleasure-seekers to perspire and stain their “holiday attire.” But don’t try to tell me you can keep at quoits for hours without lashings of strong drink from the “well-filled baskets”! The Benevolent Irish Society was not one of the Island’s numerous temperance organizations. “Warren Farm” was essentially Rocky Point, originally the “Fort (Amherst) farm” of approximately 500 acres, acquired by Governor Patterson in 1773, and named for his wife Hester Warren. “Warren Farm Cove” appears in the 1880 atlas as the name of the cove below the old fort site.

Ross’s Weekly, July 7

MARRIAGES. At Georgetown, on Thursday, the 30th ult., by the Rev. David Fitzgerald, David Laird, Esq., of the firm of Laird & Harvie, Booksellers and Stationers of this city, to Mary Louisa, daughter of the late Thomas Owen, former Postmaster General of this Island.

J.H.: David Laird, editor of the weekly Charlottetown newspaper The Protestant and Evangelical Witness (to give its full title) and future Island and Canadian politician, marries into the prosperous Owen family of Georgetown and Charlottetown, holder of the position of postmaster-general through several generations, merchant Lemuel C. Owen being the current postmaster. Laird’s newspaper had given no coverage to the recent incident where his bride’s brother, Charles Owen, had whipped an aboriginal man on a Georgetown street for petty theft.

Ross’s Weekly, July 7

TENANT MEETING. [Tenants of Lot 49 and 50, Mt. Mellick, June 7.] George F. Adams: “Allow me here to remark that the tenantry of this Island ought never to forget that it is to the people of the Murray Harbor district that we stand indebted, they being the first who had the moral courage and determination to say: Legislation is doing nothing for us, nor ever did on this question, notwithstanding the very many promises we have received, and like fools believed, from time to time; but we will wait no longer; we will try and work for ourselves.

“It was that district that first shaped the wedge that will ere long split the rent-paying system into a thousand fragments; and I think in these three townships you may take upon yourselves to say: you it was that formed and entered this wedge, and it may take months or it may take years, we will ever continue driving at it until we obtain the object we have in view--FREE LAND.”

J.H.: George F. Adams, the orator of the Tenant League, meant “freehold” land, which could be bought, not just rented by tenants. While his language was fiery and meant to be stirring, it is possible to conclude that he was right: his movement’s broad public support forced the land question onto the government’s agenda until it was resolved in 1875.

Ross’s Weekly, July 7



DR. J.[ohn] HOMER

Physician and Surgeon

Summerside, P.E. Island

WOULD challenge any Physician or person to produce a remedy for the cure of CANCERS that is safer or more sure than HOMER’S NEW CANCER PLASTER,

which has cured hundreds of cases in New England and Provinces, that were given up by eminent Physicians, as being incurable.

He will warrant a cure in every case he undertakes, and leave an almost INVISIBLE SCAR.


will remove all cancerous and other diseases from the blood, and leave the general system in a sound and healthy condition.

J.H.: Whatever happened to old Doc Homer?

Jim Hornby’s column, “1864: The Way We Were: gleanings from Charlottetown’s newspapers,” is in The Guardian every Monday in 2014 (on holiday Mondays when there is no newspaper,

 it will appear on Tuesdays). It contains excerpts from newspapers of that era, as well as Hornby’s comments on what he has found. To give feedback on this feature, contact the author at

Organizations: Benevolent Irish Society, Tenant League

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Summerside, New England Liverpool Georgetown Charlottetown Nassau Rocky Point

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