The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), May 22, 1833

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p.2 Launch - The large steamer now on the stocks at Mississagua Point, 360 tons burden, will be launched on Monday next, at 4 o'clock in the afternoon.

p.3 As an evidence of the rapidly increasing prosperity of our country, we take occasion to mention the extensive Iron Foundry of Messrs. Dutcher & Co. at York. We visited this establishment on Friday last, and were equally surprised and gratified at the extent of the business which is there carried on. Upwards of one hundred men are daily employed, and castings of every description are neatly made to order. Two Steam Engines, of fifty horse power each, will be completed by Messrs. Dutcher & Co. in August next, at which time it is supposed the Cobourg Steamer will be ready to receive them.

Niagara Harbor and Dock Company - This Company, which was incorporated in 1831, will, we trust, soon realize a suitable return for the capital they have invested. Independently of the Dry Dock, in which vessels of every description may be cheaply and speedily repaired, the Company intend to build a number of Schooners to ply between Niagara and this Port. Tenders are to be in readiness at Niagara on all occasions, to receive the goods from the Schooners, and transport them to the several Ports above York. We had the satisfaction last week of examining the Dry Dock, and also a fine Schooner on the Stocks, which is intended as a model of those that are to be hereafter constructed.

The Great Britain and the United States are two remarkably fine steam vessels, and their speed, respectively, has for a year past been a subject of general conversation. On Monday the 13th inst., however, a tolerably fair trial took place, and the result was as follows The Great Britain left Alexandria five minutes before the United States and kept her distance to French Creek, where the latter stopped twelve minutes. The G. Britain reached the Port of Kingston twenty minutes before the U. States, beating her three minutes in thirty miles. The same day we left Kingston in the Great Britain at 5 o'clock in the afternoon, and were landed at York at 9 o'clock the following morning - Distance 180 miles.

The Britannia, Lieut. Smart R.N. Commander, arrived here on Monday afternoon, on her second trip from the head of the Bay of Quintie. We learn with satisfaction that she is an excellent sea boat, and for speed and accommodation is surpassed by none on the river. A highly respectable party, consisting of upwards of sixty persons, went from Belleville to the Carrying Place in the Britannia and returned the same evening, thus evincing a laudable disposition to promote the interest and reward the enterprize of her owner. It is stated that on the passage from Kingston to Bath last week the Britannia passed the William the Fourth with ease.

The Perseverance (old Toronto) touched at the Napanee Mills, on her last trip from the Carrying Place. Should she continue to do so each week, the Merchants and Farmers in that part of the country cannot fail to be benefitted.

The United Kingdom has made two trips this season. Her cabins are commodious, and in consequence of the removal of one of the Engines she can carry more freight than formerly. The United Kingdom is commanded by Capt. Harrington, who pays every attention to the comfort of his passengers.

The William the Fourth is this season commanded by Capt. Painter, and plys regularly between Prescott and Niagara, touching at the intermediate Ports.

The Queenston has always performed her trips with great regularity, and she is this season quite as punctual as usual. On Sunday last we met her in the middle of the lake, plodding her way against a strong head wind, with that steadiness for which she has ever been distinguished.

The Sir James Kempt, so well known on the Bay and River, is this season diligently employed on her old route. We believe she makes four trips each week.

The Rideau, we understand, is undergoing some necessary alterations.

On Thursday last the fine new Steamer Kingston was launched into her destined element, and we can safely say we never saw a vessel glide more beautifully from the stocks into the water. We wish the enterprizing proprietor of this Boat every success he deserves, and we have no doubt the Kingston will be a valuable acquisition to our port as well as to the Towns at which she may touch. Capt. Gilderslieve with his usual urbanity afforded such of the inhabitants as thought proper to avail themselves of his kindness, an opportunity of viewing the launch to the best advantage by laying to with the Kempt off the ship yard. (Communicated)

On Thursday a Detachment of the 79th Highlanders arrived here in the Great Britain on their way to Quebec...

Death of Robert Smith, at one time Collector of Customs for Port of Belleville.

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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), May 22, 1833