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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), April 18, 1837

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p.2 It will be seen that Messrs. Macpherson & Crane, the well known forwarding house at Prescott, are going immediately to establish a line of Barges on the Ottawa and the Rideau Canal, having effected an arrangement by which their Barges will be towed by the Ottawa and Rideau Company's Steam Boats. We cannot but regard this arrangement as the precursor of others, by which the chief part of the forwarding business at this end of the route will centre in Kingston. The Barges that bring up goods from Montreal by the canal will be loaded at this port with their downward freight by the river. If this system answers, of which there can be little doubt, other houses will most probably adopt it, and eventually most of the freight from the upper country will stop at Kingston. The result might be that the Lake Steam-Boats as well as the schooners would go no further down than Kingston, as two or three swift boats for passengers, running between this port and the Long Sault, would answer better. Be this as it may, the arrangement above mentioned augurs well for the prosperity of Kingston, which will reap the full benefit of its commercial situation at the foot of the great Lakes and the head of the Rideau Canal and the St. Lawrence navigation. In connection with this subject, and as some confirmation of our views, we may mention, that a person in Town who lately took a long lease on some property on the water side, on which he is making great improvements, was offered last week £500 for his bargain, and all his expenses repaid. This is a practical evidence of the rising value of property.

p.3 Our harbour was cleared of ice last Friday and Saturday. On Friday the Wm. IV came down from the Lake, and on Saturday the schooner, Lady Hillier, arrived from Whitby, laden with pork and flour for the Montreal market. The Great Britain started for Prescott on Friday and returns to-morrow on her regular trips. The Kingston started today for Prescott & the Sir James Kempt for the Bay of Quinte, and to-morrow the Brockville goes up the Bay. The Commodore Barrie left last night for Toronto, and the Oneida is expected to-morrow from the American ports. The St. George came up this morning, and proceeded up the Lake. The business season has fairly begun, all hands are awake, and looking forward to a busy and profitable season.

It is now thought that the Rideau Canal will not be opened until the first of May, in consequence of the repairs and improvements that are in progress.

The Directors of the Welland Canal are - Ogden Creighton and Alexander McDonell, Esqrs., elected by the Stockholders, and John S. Macaulay, John Wilson, and Joseph Hamilton, Esqrs., appointed by His Excellency the Lieut. Governor.

A proclamation in the Official Gazette announced that the Port of Johnstown is no longer a Port of Entry and Clearance.

names of Commissioners appointed to look after grants for Trent Canal given; names of Commissioners appointed to look after grant for Gull Island Lighthouse are J.T. Williams, William Owston and William Sowden, Esquires.

Captain Creighton and Alexander McDonnell, Esq. have been elected by the Stockholders to serve as Directors of the Welland Canal Company for the ensuing year. [Niagara Reporter]


The Steam Boat Brockville will commence her regular trips on Wednesday next, the 19th instant, will leave this place for the Bay of Quinte at 8 o'clock A.M. Freight Payable on delivery & no Credit for Passages.

Kingston, April 15th, 1837.

ad - Masons and labourers wanted to work on St. Lawrence canal - 6th April, 1837.



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With a view to afford choice of routes of Transport, the Subscribers have entered into permanent arrangements with the Ottawa and Rideau Company for the towing of their Barges on the Ottawa & Rideau Communication. Their Barges (now being built,) will be of a superior description, of about 100 Tons burthen, decked as securely, and as substantially, as the best of the Schooners on Lake Ontario, and otherwise peculiarly adapted to the trade of that Communication; By this arrangement they will be enabled to test fairly, the merits of both routes, and of course adopting the one for the major part of their business that may most conduce to the attainment of the two great objects of the Trade, namely safety and despatch.

Their means of Transport will be considerably more than adequate to the amount of business that they can have a right to expect, say about 2000 Tons per week Downward, & Upward something more than that quantity. Their extensive Warehousing Establishments at this place and at Montreal are well known to the public: at Kingston they will occupy the premises of J.S. Cartwright, Esq.

In offering to their Friends and the public these increased facilities, which in connection with their experience and general knowledge of the business, they cannot but flatter themselves with the expectation of a patronage more than commensurate to the outlay incurred in making such an addition to their Establishment.

With regard to goods upward bound and crossing the Lakes, they beg to remark, that they do not own vessels, nor have they any Lake interest to subserve; consequently the only interest they can have in goods after their arrival at Prescott or Kingston is identified with that of the owner, namely, to have them immediately and safely shipped out of their Stores, with the desire as men depending on their customers for business, that they may have safe and speedy passage, and in that way establishing their claim to future favours and support.

They propose making themselves useful to their Customers as agents in procuring vessels for the carrying of Staves and other property across the Lakes, and from their general acquaintance with Schooner owners and masters, they have no doubt of being able to effect arrangements of this sort, more advantageously to owners of produce, than they themselves could do.


Prescott, April 10th, 1837.

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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), April 18, 1837