p.2 The Rideau Canal will be opened on Thursday. The repairs in several of the locks are not completed, but the Ottawa and Rideau Company's Boats will be sent down, as they can pass the locks, it is expected, and a large amount of freight in Pork etc. is waiting to be forwarded to Bytown. The Boats have been thoroughly repaired and repainted, and are in excellent condition.
Prospects of Kingston - Letter Second - Rideau Canal seen as positive for Kingston's development.
Letter Third - Kingston needs a Steam Mill, could be joined with a dry dock to repair ships and steam boats.
p.3 Rice Lake - We hear the navigation from Peterborough is at length open, and the steam boat Sir F.B. Head, (formerly the Northumberland) will commence running in a few days. This boat has been purchased by a Company of Gentlemen in that town, who have spared neither pains nor expense to put her into complete repair, indeed we understand they have made nearly a new boat of her. She is intended to perform the trip to Sully and back every day, Sundays excepted.
The Pemedash has also been purchased and refitted at great expense by W. Boswell, Esq. of this town, and will be ready in a few days for the same route. Great improvements have been effected in her structure and Engine, by which her draught is materially reduced, and speed correspondingly increased. Both boats are to be finished on a scale of liberality fully equal to those on Lake Ontario; and in conjunction with two excellent stages from Strong's Hotel, will constitute a cheap, regular and very agreeable line of communication between this place and Peterborough. [Cobourg Star]
A scow laden with wood was capsized this morning when crossing from Wolf Island. The accident was observed from Town, and four boats put off to rescue the persons aboard, consisting of the crew, three men and a boy, and two passengers. They were safely brought in, though two of them could hardly walk when landed, having been for some time up to their necks in water, clinging to the rigging.
THE STEAM BOAT
Capt. Jacob Herchmer.
This well tried Sea Boat having been chartered by the Hon. John Hamilton and Jacob Herchmer, and having undergone a thorough repair, will during the season of navigation ply regularly twice a week between Kingston and Toronto, touching at the undermentioned ports as follows:
Leaves Kingston every Monday and Thursday evening at 6 o'clock.
Leaves Cobourg every Tuesday and Friday mornings at 6 o'clock.
Leaves Port Hope every Tuesday and Friday mornings at 7 o'clock.
Leaves Whitby every Tuesday and Friday mornings at 11 o'clock.
Leaves Toronto every Tuesday at 12 o'clock night, Saturday 9 A.M.
Leaves Whitby every Wednesday 6 A.M., Saturday 1 P.M.
Leaves Port Hope every Wednesday 10 A.M., Saturday 5 P.M.
Leaves Cobourg every Wednesday 11 A.M., Saturday 6 P.M.
All Baggage and Parcels at the risk of the owners unless booked and paid for.
Freight payable on delivery, and no credit for passages.
Kingston, 1st May, 1837.