The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), Sept. 1, 1835

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p.2 Among other sources of wealth that are open to the Inhabitants of Kingston, and of which they have at present but a very small share, is, the trade on Lake Ontario and Erie. A vast and profitable business is done in schooners on these Lakes, but only a very small part of it centres in Kingston. We see it stated that Oswego owns 48 schooners, and has 16 more building. These vessels are making from 50 to 80 per cent, and some have actually paid themselves in a year. We believe that only 5 schooners are owned in Kingston. - What a contrast! Yet we have the finest harbour on the Lakes, and vessels may be built as cheap or cheaper here than at any other Lake Port. We are aware that a good deal of business is done by our Steam Boats, more than by the American boats; yet, admitting this, there is still a fine opening for the employment of Schooners. If the building of two or three vessels were immediately commenced here, it would not only give present benefit by bringing mechanics into the Town, but also be a source of future profit, as there is a sure prospect of the Lake trade greatly increasing. Besides all the wheat that has been sent from this District to the States this season, a considerable quantity of flour was also shipped from this town for the same market before harvest, and now boards, planks and lumber, are sent from here to Oswego. One Schooner load has gone, more are to follow, and a profitable lumber trade to the States may now be established.

Since writing the above, we have met with the following account of the transformation of the Steam-Boat United Kingdom into an elegant brig. This change, we doubt not, will be profitable to the owner.

The late Steamer United Kingdom now the Birmingham, has become the property of H.H. Smith, Esq. of Youngstown. - She has been divested of her wings, and converted into an elegant brig, completely fitted with top and top gallant sails, etc. - She is now on the railway receiving any repairs necessary on her bottom, and will go to sea in a few days. We think she will be one of the finest sailing vessels on the lake. [Niagara Reporter]

We give the following testimonials in favour of the two Kingston Steam Boats, St. George and Commodore Barrie, as we are satisfied that they are well merited. A similar testimonial was lately given in favour of the Steam Boat United States.

[Toronto Patriot]


Steamboat St. George, 12th August, 1835.

We the undersigned, having travelled from Oswego to Toronto, in the above named boat, take the present opportunity of laying before the Public, the following statement, thereby denying, in toto, the reports set afloat by interested individuals, that she was unsafe and uncomfortable, together with many other insinuations likely to create distrust in the minds of the travelling community.

We found her to be a safe, comfortable, clean, and well arranged boat, and the Captain a most urbane, gentlemanly, and attentive person, and highly respected by his crew, who are a sober, well conducted set of men. Such being the case, we have no hesitation in recommending the St. George to visitors to the Falls or else-where, notwithstanding the dishonorable means used by persons whose names we do not wish to lay before the public, as we feel convinced that all who favour her with their support, will agree with us in what we have now stated. (signed by a long list of passengers)

On Thursday evening last, about six o'clock, the Commodore Barrie, on her passage from Oswego to Cobourg, when between Nicholas Island and Point Peter Light House, encountered a tremendous gale from the W.S.W., and the night being very dark, and the sea running very high, the Captain was obliged to run her for Bath, where she arrived a little after day light on Friday morning. She sailed again this afternoon for the place of her former destination, and had once more nearly made Point Peter Light House, when the gale again became as strong as before, with the sea running as high, the Captain was obliged to bring her to anchor at the False Ducks, where she remained till Saturday morning, about ten o'clock, when the Captain again proceeded for Cobourg, although it was then blowing hard, and the sea still running high, and arrived there in safety about seven o'clock that afternoon. The Commodore Barrie is worthy of her name, and her Captain is worthy of her. The following card from the passengers pays a just tribute to both. [Chronicle & Gazette]


The undersigned passengers in the Steam Boat Commodore Barrie, now on her way from Oswego to Lewiston, would very gratefully acknowledge the guardianship of Almighty God, in their preservation amid the perils of the last forty-eight hours; and would render to Capt. Sinclair, their cordial thanks for his unremitted care and courtesy; as also the assurance of their entire satisfaction, with the prudence and skill displayed by him, in the management of his fine vessel, on the bosom of a boisterous lake.

Steam Boat Com. Barrie, off Cobourg,

Saturday evening, August 22nd, 1835.

John B. Graham, Brooklyn, N.Y.

James Arbuckle, Blooming Grove, Orange County, N.Y.

Joseph Moffatt, do. do. do.

Chas. Cunningham, Georgia.

D. Maacaulay, Toronto.

p.M. Caskill, S. Carolina.

George H. Stout, New York.

C. Stuart, Upper Canada.

R.P. Johnson, Chat. Co. N.Y.

p.R. Shotwell, N. Jersey.

Berju Jacobs, Chenango Co. N.Y.

Walter G. Stootdart, Port Jervis, Orange Co. N.Y.

Hugh H. Browne, New Jersey.

Francis Camparet, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

N.R. Eaves, Chesterville, S. Carolina.

T. de Graffenreid, Ohesterville, S. Carolina

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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), Sept. 1, 1835