The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), April 4, 1837

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p.1 Island of St. Josephs - (letter dated Nov. 24th, 1836) at North West Extremity of Lake Huron, about 40 miles distant from Sault Ste. Marie; first effort at colonization on board steamer Penetanguishine, built by Mr. Thompson, one of the proprietors; a lumber mill was built and a schooner obtained to carry wood to Chicago, etc. [from Emigrant & Old Countryman]

p.2 The ice broke up in the channel of the river at the close of last week to the upper end of Garden Island, but it still spreads over the harbour, and blocks up the gap to the Lake. If the weather prove favourable for clearing the harbour, of which there is little doubt, the Great Britain will start on the 12th for Prescott, to take in her furniture, and commence running for the season. This noble boat has been thoroughly refitted and repainted, and will resume her trips with all her former unequalled power and beauty, under her popular Commander, Captain Whitney. The Commodore Barrie has been chartered by the Hon. John Hamilton, and will be commanded by Capt. Herchmer, and run between Toronto and Kingston, the same as last year. The Barrie has also been thoroughly refitted, and is put into mourning her gunwales and sides painted black - in respect to the memory of the late Lady Barrie.

The Ottawa and Rideau Company's Boats are receiving a complete refit, and preparing for a brisk trade on the Canal this year. Extensive repairs and improvements have been made on different parts of the Canal since it was closed last fall, and the prospect was never so good for its stability and usefulness as the present. It is expected that this Canal will be opened about the usual time, the 25th inst.

The Brockville and the Sir James Kempt will run as last year, between Prescott and the head of the Bay.

The Queenston will be fully engaged in towing rafts, and her owners, the Messrs. Ives, have three schooners fitted up for the Lumber Trade with the States. Other schooners are also fitting up for the general trade, and on Sunday all of them together with the Steam Boats had their colours flying, welcoming the approach of spring.

A new Steam Boat called the Experiment, is to run daily between Hamilton, Niagara, Queenston, and Lewiston.


The Undersigned, for the information of the Mercantile Community in this Province and in Upper Canada, publish as their TARIFF of FREIGHT during the approaching season, the following:


To the Close of September

From their stores in Montreal to Prescott, Ogdensburgh, Brockville, Morristown and Kingston.

Earthen and glassware, in crates and casks 25 s. per ton measurement.

Furniture 35 s. do.

Dry goods, Loaf sugar, Teas, Glass in

boxes, and all light packages, excepting

Earthen & Glassware and Furniture 45 s. do.

Groceries and Hardware of the heaviest

descriptions, Iron, etc. excepting as above

stated. 50 s. per ton weight.

From the beginning of October until the close of the season, these rates respectively will be increased to 35s., 45s., 55s., and 60s.


To Montreal

From Kingston From Prescott, Ogdensburgh, Morrisburg, Brockville.

Flour per barrel 2s. 1s. 2 1/2 d.

Pork per do. 3s. 2s, 10 d.

Ashes per do. 5s. 4s. 8 d.

Tobacco per hhd. 10s. 9s. 4 1/2 d.

Wheat per bus. 60 lbs. 7 1/2 d. 7d.

Whiskey per 25 gals. 2s. 1s. 10 1/2 d.

Pipe Staves per 1000,

long pieces £8 £7 10s.

Three and a half and two and a half feet staves to be reckoned as two to one of the long.

All other descriptions of downward freight, according to the standard of these rates.

Extra expense incurred on property late in the season, by obstruction from ice in the Canals or Rivers, to be added to the foregoing rates or charges.

They will cover risks on Merchandize in transit, during the season, at moderate rates of premium.

All orders for Insurance to be given in writing.

When it is desired that the undersigned shall act as Agents in effecting insurance with any other party or Insurance Company, the same must in all cases be distinctly stated.

They will only receive merchandize conveyed to their Stores, at the proper expense and risk of the owners or parties sending it.

Merchandize in all cases, upward and downward, shall be sent subject to the freight and charges, which must be paid on its delivery. The consignee, or his agent, having it placed before him and ready to be put into his possession, must then and there state any objections or reasons he may have against the settlement of the charges. No claim or complaint made afterwards will receive attention.

Ottawa & Rideau Forwarding Co. by John Frothingham, President.

Macpherson & Crane,

Hooker, Henderson & Co.,

H. & S. Jones,

Whiting and Chandler.

Montreal, March 28th, 1837.


Captain George Ives.

The Steam Boat Queenston is now undergoing a thorough repair, and will be ready to commence Towing Rafts, on the Bay of Quinte, for the coming season, at the same rates as last summer. Kingston, February 21st, 1837.

At the Annual Meeting of the Stockholders of the Steamer Brockville, held at Kingston on the 6th day of March, 1837. Henry Lasher, Esq. in the Chair, Robert Harvey, Esq. acting as Secretary.

The following Gentlemen were appointed a Committee of Management for the ensuing season.

James Fraser, Kingston.

John Miller, Hallowell.

Smith Bartlett, Belleville.

F. McAnnany, Belleville.

James Curran, River Trent.

The Boat will run on the same days as last season, under the command of Captain Calder. - Mr. Edward Harrison, Purser.

Kingston, March, 1837.

Welland Canal Office,

St. Catharines, 7th March, 1837.

PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given, that the Election of Directors for the Welland Canal Company to serve for the ensuing year, will be held at this office on Monday the 3rd day of April next, at 12 o'clock noon, as the act directs.

By order of the Board,

JOHN CLARK, Secretary.

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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), April 4, 1837