The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), May 10, 1836

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p.2 The arrival yesterday of the Steamers Canada and Union Canadian from their winter quarters - the former from Sorel, with two of the Company's Barges, and the latter from Chambly with two Barges belonging to the Ottawa and Rideau Forwarding Company, in addition to those already mentioned, has given our Port a business like appearance. The boats are all handsomely painted, and look remarkably well. The Canada appears in mourning for the late Hon. John Molson, who has been justly termed the "father of the St. Lawrence Steamboats." [Montreal Courier 5th]

The Steam Boat Northumberland, is now lying on her beam ends, near the landing place, at Sully, Rice Lake. This is unfortunate, as it will take some time to get her in trim; and the back country roads offer no very inviting advantages in lieu of the means of transport thus suspended. [Cobourg Star]

The Ottawa and Rideau Company's new Steam-Boat Cataraqui, was launched on Saturday, and will be fitted up with all speed to take its place on the route under the command of Captain Chambers. The Bytown left this port on Saturday, for her first trip on the Canal this season.

A vast quantity of lumber has been prepared on the Ottawa River, for transportation by the Rideau Canal to Oswego and New York. Two gentlemen alone have two millions of feet ready for the American market by this route; and a new Steam-Boat is nearly built at Smith's Falls, which is specially designed to convey this lumber to this town, from which it will be shipped in schooners for Oswego. The Kingston Stave Forwarding Company have engaged two schooners to bring their staves from the different ports on Lake Erie, by the Welland Canal, to their wharf at Garden Island; these and other Schooners will take lumber from this port to Oswego, and freight from thence to the upper lakes. - Hence by carrying freight along their whole route, they will be able to reduce the rates, and the public will be doubly benefitted - by an increase of trade, and a reduction of expense.

Thus besides the other benefits of the Rideau Canal, it is opening an entire new trade to this part of the Province, and will render the immense pine forests on the Ottawa available for supplying the demand from the States. The prosecution of this new trade becomes doubly important, as it is almost certain that the British Ministry will reduce the duties on Baltic timber next year.

Besides lumber, we are also sending grain of different kinds to Oswego, as oats, barley, pease, of which two or three Schooner loads have gone already, and more are to follow.

It is expected that Mr. Ives' Schooner will be launched next Saturday.

The Schooner Kingston lost her fore top mast and main top mast head on Monday week at Hamilton. The wind was not very high, but the rigging was new, and it had stretched so much that it did not support the masts.





At Kingston Dock Yard, Upper Canada.

Notice is hereby given, that on Monday 27th of June next and the following days, there will be offered for sale by

Public Auction,

All the Naval Stores, Ships and Vessels, Sloops, Schooners, Gun-Boats and Boats remaining at that Station, viz:

Anchors from 2 Cwt. to 14 Cwt., 40 in Number; 900 Tons of Iron Ballast, a large quantity of which was cast at the Marmora Iron Works in Upper Canada; Axes, Felling, Junk and Pick; Awnings for Boats; Blocks, single and double of various sizes 2000 in Number, Chain Cable equal to 5 and 5 1/2 inches, 400 Fathoms; Cables Hempen Worn, from 5 inches to 13 inches, 9 pieces; Cordage Cable laid, Hawser laid and Small Rope 200 coils and remnants, Log Line, Spun Yarn, Canvass 14 bolts and remnants from No. 2 to No. 8; Twine, Ships Sails and Boat's Sails new and worn, 20 in Number; Canvass Buckets, Old Hammocks, Compasses Azimuth and Steering; Tar and Pitch, 100 Barrels; Oakum; Coal Tar; Paint, Putty, Paint Mill and Muller; Chalk, Stoves Canadian, Gumford and Brodie, Stove Pipe, Fire Irons, Lead in Pigs, Old and Scupper, Nails of Sizes, and Spike and Deck Nails making together about 20 Tons, Grind Stones, Saws Whip, Hack, Mill and Cut; Mauls Double headed and Pen; Gouges; Crow Bars; Handspikes; Oars for Boats; Capstern Bars, Lanterns Hand, Poop and Top.

Fire Engines

Three in use with gear, and three without gear repairable.

Jack screws Jack in Box screws, Bells Watch, Bell metal iron new, round, square and flat various sizes 24 Tons; Iron old, Brass old, Steel, Old Rope, paper Stuff, Pump gear, Scales Beams and Weights; a quantity of

Oak and Pine Timber and Spars,

lying in the Mast Pond and about the Dock Yard, Kettles Iron and Copper at the Steam Kiln, with numerous articles of Stores and old Stores in use about the Dock Yard and Work Shops.


in Frame, 56 guns. One Ship in frames, 22 guns. One Brig in frame, 14 guns, and one Schooner in frame of 4 guns.

The Timber of the Ships and Vessels, in frames could be rafted down the St. Lawrence, reduced, and using for building Steam Vessels or small Ships. Also, the

Cockburn Schooner,

70 Tons, paid off in 1834, with her masts and spars. Also,

The Bullfrog Tender,

of 60 Tons, with her Sails and rigging, in store; the Bullfrog is constructed to pass through the Welland Canal, she is broad and deep and could be converted fit for carrying staves across the Lakes. Also, ten Gun Boats in good condition & of the best Timber as far as they are finished, some in frames and some partly planked they will when completed draw less than 2 feet water could be readily fitted for Lighters or Tow Barges for the Rideau Canal. Also, one Old Schooner laying at the wharf and four old Ships of War laying aground on the mud in the harbour. Also, 12 Boats new and in use, from 32 feet to 14 feet.

The Boats are chiefly built of the best Rock Elm.

At the Surgery - a quantity of Medicine, and old Medical Stores, Lime Juice, Bottles, Cases, etc., etc.

Sale to commence at 10 o'clock A.M. and to continue every working day till the Sale is closed, the biddings to be in Sterling Money Dollars at 4s. and 4d.; a deposit of 25 per cent to be paid at the time of purchase, or the lot will be resold, on any doubt as to who is the bidder the lot to be immediately put up again; the Stores to be removed and the purchase money paid within one Month after the sale or the deposit money will be forfeited to the Crown, with the exception of the Ships, Vessels, and Timber, which must be paid for in the limited time, but may be removed at the convenience of the purchasers, no part of the Stores to be removed until paid for.

J. MARKS, In Charge.

Kingston Dock Yard, U.C., 23rd April, 1836.

The Ottawa & Rideau


Take leave to notify their friends, and the public generally, that they will be ready at the opening of the Navigation, to transport MERCHANDISE and PRODUCE of all descriptions, up and down, between Montreal, Bytown and Kingston, via the Rideau Canal.

The extensive preparations made by the Company to render their Line efficient, (being able, unless by some accidental detention, to despatch Barges, sufficient to carry 500 tons of Goods per week, if required) warrant them in stating that the utmost reliance may be placed, by those who employ them, that property entrusted to their care will be forwarded with the greatest possible safety and expedition.

For "Up Freights," they need only state that the Goods are put into large covered Barges at Montreal, (exept such way freight as may not be liable to damage, smaller boats being found more convenient for this purpose) and towed by Steam Boats from Lachine to Kingston. The risk of damage is so small, that Merchants sending their property by this route, have hitherto scarcely deemed it necessary to insure.

The time for performing the trip to Kingston is generally about four and seldom exceeds five days, and Goods can be forwarded on immediately from thence, by Steam Boats or Schooners as may be required.

For "Down Freight," their Barges contain upwards of 500 barrels below decks, and descend either by the Rideau or St. Lawrence, as circumstances require - navigating the Lakes in the most boisterous weather, with the greatest safety.

For Emigrants this line of communication is particularly advantageous, as they can embark with their luggage on board of decked Barges, which are towed through to Kingston by Steam Boats, as above mentioned, without being subjected to the great inconvenience of landing and walking past the Rapids, as is the case with the St. Lawrence route. Provisions are abundant at the different Stations along the Line.

The Company further beg leave to intimate that, on account of the large amount of their cash disbursements, they will invariably require payment of Freight on delivery, except in those cases, at the principal stations on the Line where the parties have heretofore been ready to settle their accounts whenever called upon.

The great difficulty the Company have hitherto experienced in collecting small parcels of Way Freights on the Line of the Ottawa and Rideau (where there are no Agents) renders it necessary that such Freight should be paid before shipment.

Agents will be appointed at the different stations along the Line of the Ottawa and Rideau, of which due notice will be given. Rates of Freight will be moderate, and will not exceed to and from Kingston, the regular charges by the St. Lawrence boats to and from Prescott.

For further particulars apply to the undermentioned Agents.

E. CUSHING, Montreal.

G. BRUSH, Kingston.

E. ROUTH, Bytown.

J. FROTHINGHAM, Chairman of the Committee.

Montreal, April 21st, 1836.

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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), May 10, 1836