The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), Sept. 17, 1834

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p.2 Another Steam Race between the Great Britain and the United States, from Toronto to Niagara. Particulars from the Log book of the Great Britain.

The Great Britain arrived at Toronto on Thursday the 5th; the United States came in on Friday Morning at 4 o'clock with the intention of remaining half an hour - found the G.B. there - shot up a Rocket, rung her bell long enough to arouse the crew of the G.B. - enquired when the G.B. would start - was told at 8 o'clock; and quarter before 8, the G.B. was wheeling round at the wharf, the U. States cast off and away she went. When nearly one mile from the wharf, she saw the G.B. returning to the wharf to wait her time of starting. They observed to some of their passengers, "come on with your Britain - they are cowards - they dare not come." Capt. Vanderwater, who detests Steam Boat racing so bad, immediately puts about & returns to the wharf, when nearly abreast of the G.B. - stopped her engines, and at 5 minutes past 8, the G.B. starts from the wharf, and the U.S. as soon as she saw the G.B. move, when about three lengths from the wharf, the U.S. made towards the G.B. with every appearance of running her bow sprit in to the G.B.'s wheel house; fortunately she was not fast enough; she struck the G.B. in the after gang way on her larboard side, broke a hickory fender 18 inches in diameter, two oak stanchions, stove in her bulwarks, smashed the G.B.'s young one (jolly boat) besides doing considerable damage otherwise to freight which was stowed on that side. If the Captain had stopped the engines of the United States, all this could have been avoided, and Captain Vanderwater would have had some excuse. The G. Britain took the lead and kept it out of the bay, and as soon as she came in deep water she bid her GOOD MORNING, and in two hours and fifty five minutes was alongside the wharf in Niagara, and in six minutes after, the U. States arrived at the wharf on the American side, one mile below the G. Britain. Had she kept on until she came abreast of the G.B. she would have been at least 10 minutes in coming up. We are informed by a respectable gentleman, that the United States had very superior wood, and that their crew on board deserves all possible praise for their exertions: every time there was wood put into the furnaces of the U.S., there was a man with a pail of oil and a dipper to throw into the fire, and another with a ball of tallow to raise the heat. The G. Britain has not had worse wood this season than she had this trip. - She was unprepared for the United States as she had not been there before the last six weeks until this time. She evidently came there prepared to give the Great Britain a flogging as the Capt. had left word at Youngstown and at the Falls that the G. Britain should be beaten this week but she has come off as usual "second best" AGAIN!! [Grenville Gazette]

work proceeding on St. Lawrence canals. [Cornwall Observer]

p.3 For the Upper Canada Herald:

A great number of passengers who have come out this year per the brigs Nelson and Donegal, of Maryport, arrived at this port during the week, subsequent to a tedious sea voyage. Those of the Donegal state that they were eleven days between Montreal and Kingston, their route having been per the Rideau Canal; while those of the Nelson were only five days by the line of the St. Lawrence!! So much for the expeditious transit of the Rideau Canal Forwarders!

Pray, what will the Editor of the Whig say to this? - will he make any or no remarks relative to the non-attention paid to emigrants by the Forwarders in his "Observations on the Rideau Canal?"

I am sorry to inform you Sir, that the Nelson lost nine, and the Donegal twenty-one of her passengers at that sink of disease and contagion - Grosse Isle !! - The former having been detained twenty-five, and the latter twenty-eight days.!

They complain bitterly of the medical officers; and the price and quality of the provisions, on the Island ! - Out of 400 passengers, only twenty received the head money - the masters of the respective brigs, refused to refund it!!

It is to be hoped Sir, that those, whose business it is, to see, that poor emigrants receive justice when they disembark at Quebec, that they immediately get their head money returned; and that a stop will be put to the cupidity of masters of vessels, by compelling them to restore the uttermost farthing.


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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), Sept. 17, 1834