The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), Aug. 13, 1834

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p.2 Another Steam Boat Race - On Wednesday, the 30th ult., a race took place between the Steamers Brockville and Oswego, from this port to Brockville, a distance of twelve miles, but before the Brockville boat left the wharf, the Oswego was about a quarter of a mile ahead, before they arrived at the village of Maitland, the Brockville was full a quarter of a mile before her, having landed some passengers at Maitland, proceeded on her way to Brockville, the Oswego taking another course.

If our neighbours on the other side of the St. Lawrence, have any more steamers besides the Oswego and the United States, desirous of trying their speed, we shall like to see them run with either the Great Britain or Brockville.

At 3 o'clock, on the afternoon of Saturday, the 2d inst., the Rapid Steam Boat, built at this place, commanded by Capt. Armstrong, made a turn or two on the river for the first time merely to try her machinery. It being merely a trial of her engine, it was thought advisable, to work her with barely quarter steam, with this low power she made 10 evolutions in a minute. Mr. Sanford, the master builder, Capt. Armstrong, the Engineer, and the building committee, are quite sanguine of success - in a few days she will make her grand trial - may she prove successful.

At 4 o'clock in the afternoon of the same day, the Iroquois made a trial of her engine, which has been materially improved by Mr. Edward Quigly, the first rate boiler maker in North America. It was this gentleman who made the present boilers of the Great Britain, which beat the United States. The speed of the Iroquois is double that of her speed last season, there can be no doubt of her stemming the Long Sault, the cabins are amply and richly furnished, she is what may be really termed a pleasure boat, no pains have been spared, in improving her and accommodations, she is to be commanded during the season by her former commander, Capt. Barber.

When the Iroquois Steam Boat was plying up and down the river to prove her engines, the Prescott band of music was playing on the promenade deck, we were highly astonished at seeing a boy about three years of age, dancing like a little fairy in the sing keeping exact time with the music - no dancing master could exceed the little creature in the correctness and gracefulness of his movements, such was the effect on the standers by that they filled his little apron with coppers - went home as rich as a Jew.

The Iroquois has resumed her usual route to the head of the Long Sault, consequently the fast-plying Steamer Brockville, has taken the place of the Great Britain until her shaft arrives from Montreal.

p.3 The SteamBoat Britannia having broken her shaft, was drifting down the River from Brockville to Prescott on Monday the 4th inst. and notwithstanding all the exertions of the crew, was fast running on the American shore, the American steam boat Oswego passed by without offering her any assistance. This is shameful conduct - did the Great Britain do so to the United States steam boat when she was stranded on the rocks? [Grenville Gazette]

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Rick Neilson
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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), Aug. 13, 1834