The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), April 16, 1839

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p.2 About 4000 barrels of flour, two or three cargoes of wheat, and some hundred barrels of pork, were brought down last week by the Steam boats and schooners. Most of it is destined for Montreal and will probably be shipped for England by the first arrivals. The weather so far has been very favourable for sowing spring grain, and the farmers are very busy.

Five schooners had arrived at Oswego on the 6th instant from Ohio through the Welland Canal. Four of them were laden with wheat to the amount of 15,000 bushels for the Oswego millers; 5000 bushels more were afterwards received. - This shows the great advantage of the Welland Canal, as Buffalo harbour was then closed by ice, and would probably be so for some time longer.

It is expected that the Rideau Canal will be open next week.

The Great Britain was towed from the Navy Yard by the Commodore Barrie yesterday, in order to be fitted out for commencing her trips.She will be commanded by Capt. Herchmer, her late Captain (Whitney) having taken command of the United States, which has somehow or other escaped from the States' authorities who seized her in the Prescott business. Non-intercourse is the order of the day between Canada and the United States. The Steam boats of both countries run only to their own ports. Indeed so far is this carried, that we have been informed the sentries at Brockville and Prescott fire on the American boats, even in the day time. The United States steamer was fired on last week, and an American schooner received several balls. And even one of our own schooners that came to Brockville in the night was fired on before the men could cast anchor. They were hailed from the shore, but could not hear from the noise, and five or six shots were fired on them. One of the balls passed close between two of the men. This practice should be instantly stopped, as it not only incurs the danger of killing innocent persons, but also must provoke retaliation, and an active border war. We trust the Lieutenant Governor will immediately suppress this conduct. On the other side, a quantity of oak plank, etc. was lying at Ogdensburgh for the Hon. John Hamilton's Steam boat at Prescott and when it was known where the plank was going, some "sympathizers" set fire to it and burned up the whole.

The Rideau Steamer filled with water last Tuesday night. She has since been taken on the Marine Railway along with the Margaret. Three gun boats, to pull twenty six oars each and carry a twenty four pounder, were launched from the Rail Way yard yesterday. They are admirable models, and built with peculiar care by Mr. (Shea?). The Government are in treaty for the purchase of the Traveller.

We understand that the new steamer built at Brockville by Messrs. H. & S. Jones, and named the Albion, will be up next week, and commence running on the Bay of Quinte. The Bay was clear of ice last week.

p.3 The Steamer Henry Burden, arrived here from her winter quarters on Tuesday last, and has commenced her regular trips between this place and Fort Covington. The Neptune, from Coteau du Lac is expected tomorrow. [Cornwall Observer, April 11th]

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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), April 16, 1839