The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Spectator (Kingston, ON), Oct.  8, 1833

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p.2 Navigation of the St. Lawrence - projected canal around Long Sault rapids on American side using Grass River. [Ogdensburgh Republican]

Upper Canada Forwarding Company - The Chronicle with all its pompous fuss about the prospects of Kingston, has already sounded the deathknell of the projected company, because forsooth, the Stockholders did not madly rush into the interested scheme of a few individuals, and buy up at any price, all the half-rotten barges and durham-boats at the late sale; a scheme more particularly absurd, since it was well known that certain parties in order to make the Company pay well for its whistle, had determined to bid against it, to their extreme value. "Marry in haste and repent at leisure," is a proverb as applicable to commercial enterprizes as to matrimonial engagements, and the truth of it has been too often verified, to admit a doubt of the possibility of its again occurring.

Another reason for delay was, the season is too far advanced to admit the propriety of embarking in business with any real likelihood of remuneration, the expense of the establishment for the remainder of the season more than eating away the small profits expected to be obtained with so much engaged competition. The proper choice of Directors, (not by acclamation but by ballot) the procuring of a suitable Superintendent in Montreal, with a moderate salary, (not one of £400 per annum,) the hiring of warehouses, clerks, porters, etc., the stationing of Agents at Bytown and Prescott, ought all to precede the commencement of real business; moreover, the paramount necessity of examining how far the Rideau Canal may not be applicable to the purposes of the Company, is an object in itself of sufficient importance for timely delay and requisite caution. An enquiry would doubtless be made when the Grenville Canal is finished, (& there is some probability that such an event will occur before we all grow grey) whether goods cannot be brought up from Montreal cheaper via Bytown, than by the way of the St. Lawrence, and if that enquiry should terminate in the affirmative, we should then be tempted to ask, of what comparative use would be the durham-boats and barges of the late bankrupt, the not buying of which has been so hastily pronounced as the death-blow of the Company. So far from considering the intended Company as defunct, we are of opinion, that if the Stockholders will take advantage of the winter before them, to mature their plans, insomuch as a Company may be formed upon impartial and just principles, that it may commence operations in the Spring with a prospect of realizing ample interest for their investments.

It is barely possible, that the insinuations thrown out by the Forwarders of Prescott and Brockville, of there being "a want of sufficient enterprize among the townspeople of Kingston to encourage the undertaking" may be of sufficient weight as to prevent the Stockholders from assembling on Friday next at the Court House in sufficient numbers to give such insolent insinuations the lie; for we both hope and think, that so far from being sluggards upon this occasion, our town-folk will show them on that day, that so noble an opportunity of benefitting the town and themselves conjointly, will not be suffered to pass away, or be deferred until a later period.

One word before we conclude these hasty remarks. Let every person who intends to make Kingston his home for any lengthened time, take into his attentive consideration, that if through any unexpected misfortune or mismanagement, no immediate dividend upon the subscribed capital should be declared, that in the increased commerce of the town, resulting from its being the depot of goods intended for the Upper Country, that he will receive more than the interest of his money, and "be paid in meal, if not in malt."

Another Steam Boat Accident - We are sorry to add another misfortune to the long list of casualties which have befell the Lake Ontario Steam Boats. The William Avery, on Thursday last, while staying at French Creek, broke her engine in several places. We hear that the injury will not delay her long.

We are happy to see our old friend, the Perseverance, once more doing her usual routine of business. This boat reminds us of our grandmother's knife, which had three new blades and two new handles, for we observe, that an entire new deck and appendages have lately been added to the new bottom she received last winter.





Propelled by Two Low Pressure Engines.


Will ply for the residue of the Season, between Ogdensburgh and Oswego.

On going upwards, will leave Ogdensburgh every Sunday and Wednesday, at 4 A.M. touching at Morristown, Brockville, Alexandria Bay and French Creek.

Leave Kingston at 3 P.M.

Sacket's Harbor at 12 night.

And arrive at Oswego the next morning in time for the stages and packet boats.

Leave Sacket's Harbor at 12 night.

Kingston every Tuesday and Friday at 6 1/2 A.M. Touching at French Creek, Alexandria Bay, Brockville, and Morristown, arriving at Ogdensburgh the same evening.

The accommodations are good, and the Captain having been long and advantageously known to the public as Master of the Steam Boat Ontario, further recommendations are deemed unnecessary.

October 1st, 1833.

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Kingston Spectator (Kingston, ON), Oct.  8, 1833