The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), June 26, 1838

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p.2 On Sunday evening, the Commodore Barrie called at Oswego on her downward trip, and on making fast to the wharf, a large body of men headed by a lawyer, rushed on board, and the leader asked Capt. Patterson if Capt. Mosier was on board, as he had a warrant to apprehend him for being concerned in the capture of the Caroline. Capt. Patterson answered that he was not, but this did not seem to satisfy the man, and he proceeded with his band to search the cabin, turned one gentleman out of his berth, and insisted that Assistant Commissary Trew, who was a passenger on board, was no other than Capt. Drew, and he therefore should be detained as a prisoner. - Capt. Patterson seeing the design of the men, cast off from the wharf, and left them to get ashore as they could, some of them having to jump into the water for that purpose. It is pretty evident that all intercourse with the States must cease if our boats are to be subjected to such treatment in American ports. The Steam-boat Oswego had taken word to Oswego that Captain Mosier was on board the Barrie, and thus a plot was laid and all ready to apprehend him when she arrived.

On Saturday evening about 5 o'clock, a collision took place between the Steam Boats Wm. IV and the Brockville, and from the evidence of the passengers on the Kingston, which was only a quarter of a mile behind at the time, who saw the whole transaction, the collision was intentional on the part of the Wm. IV. The Brockville was pursuing a straight course, and had a shoal on her starboard side; the William was on the larboard side and had plenty of room; but her course was changed when abreast of the Brockville's quarter which ran her bowsprit into the latter's wheelhouse, tearing it to pieces, and breaking the wheel. And even then the William's engine was not stopped for above a minute, but kept pushing on, as if she would run the Brockville, if possible; and after the William had backed out, the Captain never stopped to enquire what damage he had done, or if the Brockville needed any help. The Kingston could not turn round immediately, being in the narrows, but as soon as she was clear, Capt. Lawless put about to assist the Brockville but before reaching her she started again on her route. The affair, we understand, will become the subject of a legal investigation.

The Steam Boat Washington took fire on Lake Erie on the night of the 15th inst., and was totally consumed, causing a loss of 50 or 60 lives. She was a new boat on her second trip. The fire caught near the boilers, and made such progress before it was discovered that it was impossible to subdue it. The boat was turned to the shore, but the tiller ropes burnt off, and she became unmanageable. Some boats put off from the shore on seeing the fire, and, with the vessel's yawl, saved all they could; and the Steamer North America also saw the light, and put about to save the passengers. She saved about 40, including all the ladies. Some of them lost large sums of money.




THE PUBLIC are respectfully informed that a DAILY LINE of STEAM BOATS between Kingston and the head of the Long Sault Rapids has been established, and will ply as follows, calling at the intermediate ports, viz.:


The splendid and fast sailing Steam Boat BROCKVILLE, Captain Brush, will leave Kingston every Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 7 o'clock, and arrive at the Head of the Long Sault same evenings.


Will leave the Head of the Long Sault every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings, immediately after the arrival of the Montreal Stages.


The fast sailing Steam Boat Kingston, Captain Lawless, will leave Kingston every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings at 7 o'clock, and arrive at the Head of the Long Sault same evenings.


Will leave the Head of the Long Sault every Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, immediately after the arrival of the Montreal Stages.


A daily line of Lake Steam Boats leaves Kingston in connection with the above Boats, viz.:

The GREAT BRITAIN leaves every Wednesday and Saturday mornings for Lewiston, calling at Oswego and Niagara, and arrives at Lewiston early on the following morning, in time for Travellers to take the Rail Road Cars and Stages for Niagara Falls and Buffalo. Passengers leaving Montreal on Mondays and Thursdays, and taking the Brockville on Tuesday, and the Kingston on Friday at the Long Sault, will arrive in time to take the Great Britain on Wednesday and Saturday mornings; and persons moving to the West will find this boat the most expeditious and comfortable conveyance for Deck Passengers, Horses and Waggons; being extensive and convenient. Passengers leaving Lewiston and Niagara on Mondays and Thursdays by this boat will arrive in Montreal on Wednesday and Saturday evenings.

The COMMODORE BARRIE leaves every Monday and Thursday nights. The COBORG every Tuesday and Friday nights; and the St. George every Wednesday and Saturday nights, after the arrival of the Boat from the Long Sault; passengers therefore can proceed immediately on.

The proprietors having gone to great expenses to complete the line, trust that a generous public will encourage them.

The Rates of Passage and Freight, the same as charged by the other Steam Boats.

Kingston, June 25, 1838.



The Subscribers having made arrangements for towing their Barges by Steamboats through the Rideau route to Kingston, are prepared to receive and forward Goods and Produce to and from Upper Canada, with equal despatch and on as favourable terms as other Forwarders.

E. Hackett & Co., Montreal.

W. Dickinson & Co., Kingston & Prescott.

Lachine Canal, May 3rd.

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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), June 26, 1838