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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), June 19, 1833


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p.2 Another Launch - Amongst the numerous projects of enterprising individuals which are continually advancing the interests of our District not one perhaps has more claim for unqualified praise than that which took place on Saturday the 8th instant near Peterborough - namely the extension of our Steam Navigation on our northern lakes and waters by the launch of the Sturgeon. This fine boat whose construction is admirably adapted for that chain of waters on which she will appear made a rapid descent in fine style from off her ways into the bosom of Lake Chemong where she was attended by a fleet of Canoes and other small craft heretofore the only medium of an uncertain and hazardous transport. She is intended to ply from the foot of the communication road leading from Peterboro' to Chemong (commonly known as Mud Lake) through Buckhorn and Pidgeon Lakes for the present, and when the contemplated improvements are completed, she will add Sturgeon Lake, Scugog River and lake to her route making a distance of upwards of sixty miles through waters bounded by the townships of Smith, Ennismore, Harvey, Verulam, Fenelon, Ops, Cartwright and Reach, all of which are fast rising into flourishing settlements.

The weather being propitious, a numerous party of Ladies and Gentlemen from Peterboro' attended as spectators. Comfortable refreshment having been provided for them by Mrs. Pearson, contributed with the success of the launch, to exhilarate the feelings of the visitors.

The point of embarkation for the future voyagers on the Sturgeon will be at the shortest distance from Peterborough, about six miles, where a very promising village plot has been lately surveyed out for Thos. Ward, Esq. of Port Hope, the lots of which, on the day of the launch, were in great demand.

It is expected that the vessel will be ready to commence her regular trips in about six weeks. - May prosperity attend her. [Cobourg Star]

Canal Intelligence - We acknowledge a culpable neglect, in deferring a marine list hitherto this season, consequent upon some inconvenience in obtaining it. The business of the canal, however has been considerable, and is now very brisk. The work is at length in complete order, the locks having been so repaired or rebuilt, that vessels may pass them with far greater expedition than formerly. The schooner Matilda of Oakville, Capt. Daniel Bray, left St. Catharines, in ballast on the 26th ult. at 6 A.M. and arrived at Gravelly Bay the same evening thence for Cleaveland, O., where she was detained three days and a half - and returned laden, arriving here on the 9th day from her departure.

The additional facilities afforded by the new route, will continue to be daily developed by instances of superior expedition. Since the above was in type, we have been politely favoured with some further interesting particulars. It will be pretty generally remembered here, that last season the enterprising house of Bronson, Crocker & Co. of Oswego, built two vessels of about 150 tons each, for the Cleaveland trade. - These fine vessels, the Huron and Detroit, passed here not long ago, on their upward destination. Both proceeded up from the Deep cut at one time, the Huron, Capt. Eno, took the new route, in rear of 12 to 14 smaller vessels; the Detroit, on the same day, went down by the Niagara river, Capt. Howard having been recommended to take that route to avoid detention from the fleet ahead of the Huron, (all of which, over 5? foot draft, had to lighten over a coffer dam not then removed, at that mouth of the harbour,) some apprehension also existing that this vessel, being of the largest class, would not go through the lock without difficulty. It appears, however, that she passed it with ease, after being detained two days by the other vessels, and reached Cleaveland four days previous to the Detroit's arrival at that point. The Huron returned down a few days since, and the Detroit followed today, leaving Deep Cut this morning, and passing here afternoon. Captains Eno and Howard, who are known as experienced and very intelligent seamen, both speak in the most flattering terms of the facilities afforded by Gravelly Bay and the new route as does every captain we have heard from on the subject. [Farmer's Journal]

p.3 Britannia, June 13th, 1833.

Sir - Having seen a statement in the Kingston Spectator, calculated to mislead the public respecting the Britannia getting foul of the Perseverance, I feel it my duty to state that on the night in question we overtook the Perseverance about nine miles below Gananoque, we were passing her starboard side as usual when I found she had a disposition to sheer, and I ordered the Pilot to sheer and give her a wide birth still ranging up, when nearly abreast, the Perseverance took another sheer. I immediately ordered the helm hard a-port which could not be executed sufficiently quick but that our starboard foremost fender struck her and ripped off some of her wheel-house. We did not back out as stated, but shot ahead, let off steam, and I ordered the pilot to return to her assistance, when he told me from the situation of the vessel, at the head of the narrows, we could not, but must stand on, I desired him to back her out, but he insisted upon going on, which I complied with very reluctantly. Some of my passengers who were on deck at the time, will corroborate what I have stated. I beg leave to mention that the fender that did the mischief, was badly sprung by the Perseverance the Sunday previous, while lying at Belleville, when she struck us coming in; perhaps it will not be admitted that this was a sheer. I must now conclude by saying that there never was a disposition on my part to annoy in the least, the Perseverance, and I believe it is pretty generally known now, how anxious I was to return to her assistance. am sir, etc., etc.,

W. Smart, Commander of the Britannia.


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June 19, 1833
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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), June 19, 1833