The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Spectator (Kingston, ON), Oct. 22, 1833

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p.2 Lord Aylmer passes through Rideau on board steamer Rideau. [Montreal Herald]

- Welland Canal gives way in several places, 15-20 vessels are aground. [Buffalo Rep.]

- man employed on steamboat United States drowns at Ogdensburgh. [Og. Rep.]

- Lt. Gov. Sir John Colborne arrives from York in William IV; he then takes the Perseverance from Bath to the head of the Bay.

Canada Forwarding Company - meeting at Kingston; need to get £6000 subscribed in stock.


In the gale of Thursday night, the Steam Boat St. George again had the ill luck to break one of her shafts, being at that time, in the vicinity of Cobourg, and was towed into this port on Sunday morning by the Great Britain. Fortunately an extra shaft had been cast when the former accident took place, and no long detention is expected.

We learn that the Steam Boat John By went ashore near the Credit a few days ago and is likely to prove a total wreck.

We omitted to mention last week, that in addition to the long list of misfortunes accruing to the Steam Boats this season, we had to record three more. The new American Lake Erie Steamer, George Washington, was driven on shore at Long Point during the gale of wind on the 1st inst. and became a perfect wreck. One man drowned. Probable loss $70,000. In the night of the _ inst. the Britannia which had sprung a leak, and was waiting to be hauled on the ways, suddenly filled with water and sunk. After some delay she was raised and hauled on the ways, where she is in the progress of being repaired. The Wm. Avery met with another accident on the 10th inst. and was towed into Kingston harbor on the following day by the Great Britain, who fell in with her in distress.

- Rideau Canal closed on Saturday last to effect repairs so that opening in spring won't be delayed.

The port of Kingston was visited by a severe Hurricane on Thursday night last. The American Schooner Byron was driven on shore on Point Frederick, and the Trafalgar narrowly missed sharing the same fate. Much damage was done at H.M. Dock Yard.


The Noted Steam Boat


Captain McDonald,

Having undergone important alterations and repairs, will run for the remainder of the season as follows, taking the route of the Britannia:

Going Upwards.

Will leave Prescott for the Head of the Bay of Quinte on Tuesday and Friday evenings, touching at Brockville, Gananoque, Kingston, Bath, Fredericksburgh, Adolphustown, Hallowell, Culbertson's, Sophiasburgh, Belleville, River Trent, and arrive at the Carrying Place, on Wednesday and Saturday nights.

Going Downwards.

Will leave the Carrying Place on Monday and Thursday mornings, and after touching at all the above mentioned places, will arrive at Prescott on Tuesday and Friday mornings.

Kingston, Oct. 22nd, 1833.

The following tribute of gratitude to Commodore Barrie, was handed to us for publication by Capt. Morse of the Schooner Byron.

A Card.

During the tempest and hurricane of Thursday last, the Schooner Byron, Capt. Morse, left Kingston for Oswego, with thirty-six passengers on board. Unable to stem the boiling waters of Lake Ontario, and having, notwithstanding all the exertions of the Captain, lost two anchors, he was compelled to put back, and the vessel was driven ashore on Point Frederick; where fortunately about one o'clock he was enabled to land in safety all his passengers. At that late hour Commodore Barrie, being appraised of the circumstance, threw open the doors of his hospitable mansion to the shipwrecked passengers, and gave directions that they should properly be supplied with food and warm clothing. Before morning the schooner sprung a leak, and would have filled with water, had it not been for the manly, spirited, and generous conduct of the Commodore, who came forward early next morning with all the Dock Yard men, and stood by, while under his direction, the Schooner's leak was stopped, and she launched once more in her native element.

Too much praise cannot be given to Commodore Barrie, for his benevolent conduct on this occasion; and the person chiefly benefited, knows no better method of expressing his gratitude for the assistance rendered him, than by this public manifestation of it. Kingston, Oct. 22nd, 1833.

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Kingston Spectator (Kingston, ON), Oct. 22, 1833