The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), May 17, 1836

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p.3 The Steam-Boat Bytown met with great obstruction and delay on her first trip to Bytown. No boat was expected so soon, and the Canal was nearly full of logs from Brewer's Mills downwards. On her return trip the Bytown had about a hundred passengers, and in the night ran foul of the Rideau, by which her starboard bow was broken in. It is not known what damage the Rideau sustained, but it is supposed to have been but trifling, as she held on her course. The Bytown repaired her damages on Saturday, and started again yesterday.

The Diagonal Barge Quebec, was hauled on the railway on Saturday to receive repairs; after they are completed Mr. George intends to sail her to Chicago.

Last night, at the Narrows, the Steam-Boat United States, ran foul of a fine new Schooner belonging to Mr. Smith of Belleville, and laden with 1300 bushels of wheat belonging to Mr. B. Flint, and damaged her so much that she sunk immediately. - The schooner's bow was split open by the shock, and her captain and men had barely time to save themselves. The captain says that he had lights up at the time, but the captain of the United States says that no lights were visible.

We beg to call the attention of merchants in the Upper Canada Trade to the advertisement of John Simpson, Esq., Collector of His Majesty's Customs at Coteau du Lac, by which it will be perceived that the Act of 6 Will. IV. cap 24, passed in the last Session of the Legislature, makes it obligatory on the conductors or persons in charge of boats or carriages, containing merchandise destined for Upper Canada, to furnish the Custom House at the Coteau, with a statement in conformity with the schedule appended to the notice. We believe that the intention of the Legislature in making this enactment was to afford as correct data as possible, by which to estimate the quantity of goods, etc. transported to Upper Canada that had paid duty at Montreal or Quebec, and no doubt with a view to a future correct apportionment of the duties between the two Provinces. - We have been authorized to state, that Mr. Simpson, having most obligingly communicated with the Committee of Trade, upon the manner in which the provisions of the Act could be complied with, so as to be the least troublesome or vexatious to the Trade, it was considered that the best system would be for the Shipper to transmit to the Forwarder, with the ordinary way bill, the statement required, blank forms of which are now printed and may be procured at this office. The same regulation extends to the Ottawa route, the Comptroller of the Coteau du Lac Custom-House being about to be stationed at the foot of the Carillon Rapids. [Montreal Courier]

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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), May 17, 1836