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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), April 2, 1839

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p.3 The ice is broken up, and the navigation begun, though the harbour is still encumbered with drift ice. The channel of the river opened on Wednesday. On Thursday an attempt was made to blow up the ice before the steamer Com're Barrie, but it failed. On Friday a strong southern breeze broke up the ice through the harbour, and set the vessels free.

Great activity prevails on the steam-boats and schooners to prepare them for business immediately. The fine steamer Commodore Barrie, which has been re-fitted and painted in the most complete manner, will leave this port for Toronto next Monday evening, under the command of Capt. Patterson, and continue her trips twice a week as last year. The Cobourg and William IV are getting ready, and the pride of the lake, the Great Britain, will soon be in full operation for her summer campaign.

The whole of the lake and river boats, including those above named, and the St. George, now at Toronto, the Brockville, Kingston, and Dolphin, if she can be brought up the rapids, are under the control of the Hon. John Hamilton, and will run in connection. The Dolphin is at Coteau du Lac, having gone down the Long Sault last fall with the state prisoners at Government risk, and must be brought back or paid for. A contract has been made to get her up the rapids. If that is done the Brockville and the Dolphin will run between Kingston and the head of the Long Sault. The Kingston will be laid up or take the Dolphin's place if she cannot be brought back. The Sir James Kempt, which is nearly fitted up, will ply between Kingston and the Head of the Bay, and a new boat now building at Brockville the Head of the Bay, and a new boat now building at Brockville will take the same route. There intended for the Bay, but she will not be ready this year. The Traveller is expected down from Toronto to-day. The St. Lawrence is open, and a schooner arrived at Brockville from Prescott last Thursday. The Hudson River was open to Albany a week ago, and navigation has commenced on Lake Erie.

It will be seen by the advertisement, that the Steam Boat Hamilton is to be sold by auction on the 20th inst.

The Marine Railway Company held their Annual Meeting yesterday, and have already entered into extensive engagements for the season.


At the Annual Meeting of the Stockholders of the Kingston Marine Railway, holden Monday the 1st April, 1839, the following gentlemen were elected Directors for the ensuing year:






The Directors then proceeded to choose Officers, when the following gentlemen were re-appointed:


JOHN COUNTER, Treasurer.

ALEX'R McNABB, Secretary.

The Railway is now in full operation, and extensive engagements are entered into for the ensuing season.

Kingston, 2nd April, 1839. Alexander McNabb (Secretary).



On Saturday, the 20th of April, instant, at noon, will be sold the Steamer Hamilton, and all her appurtenances. The Boat is substantially built, well furnished, in good condition, and is propelled by two low-pressure Engines of 30 horse power each.

For particulars apply to Messrs. D. Griffin & Son, Oswego; D. Prentiss, Kingston; or to the Proprietor at Rochester.


Sale to take place on board the Boat, now moored at Mr. B. Phillip's Wharf.

Kingston, 2nd April, 1839.

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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), April 2, 1839