The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), April 19, 1836

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p.2 a letter from Nath. Gould to the Toronto Patriot, claiming that the supposed letter from him published in the Welland Canal Journal by Mackenzie was not true.

p.3 The Assembly has passed a resolution to appropriate £2000 for the Burlington Bay Canal.

At length we have the satisfaction of seeing the channel of the River clear of ice from the foot of Garden Island downwards, and from the head of it upwards. The channel opened on Saturday, and as but a small body of ice still maintains its station opposite Garden Island, it must soon be dislodged, and set the river and lake navigation free. Several persons had narrow escapes on the ice. Two were crossing to Long Island on Sunday, and broke in. - One of them repeatedly fell in, and when he threw himself again on what he tho't was firm ice, it broke beneath him, until at the last gasp he reached stronger footing, and at length attained the shore. The other floated about on a cake of ice for some time, uttering the most alarming cries, till some persons at Kingston seeing his danger, dragged and launched a skiff, and rescued him.

Our Steam-Boats are ready to avail themselves of the first opening that presents itself. The Great Britain has undergone a thorough repair, and will display greater splendor, power and speed than ever. The Commodore Barrie has had great alterations made in her boilers, which will much increase her speed. The Sir James Kempt has had an entire repair, and will still be a favorite with the public. The Ottawa and Rideau Company's Boats are renewing their strength. The new boat is receiving its engines on the Stocks, and will soon be ready for launching. Mr. Ives' schooner is also nearly ready for launching, and several other schooners are refitting. - The Marine Rail-Way Company made their selection from several different models and tenders last week. A very pretty model was brought from Oswego, but the Company preferred one made by two Kingston mechanics, as it had the advantage of admitting repairs at the keel of a vessel, which the Oswego model had not. Thus every preparation is made for an active and prosperous season, and, with the buildings which are to be erected, Kingston will flourish, if we are happily spared from any visitation of cholera. As one means of avoiding this, let our townsmen clean and keep their yards in order.

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Rick Neilson
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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), April 19, 1836