The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Spectator (Kingston, ON), April 24, 1834

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p.2 We understand the fine Steamer Thomas McKay, built and owned by Messrs. Beach, Vanalstine, Yarker and Bennett, will commence her regular trips on the Rideau Canal on Monday next. This Boat is said by all who have examined her, to be one of the best models ever yet constructed for the purposes she is intended for. Her extreme length is 105 feet - breadth 28 feet, propelled by a low pressure Engine of 25 horse power. The ladies' cabin on the deck is very spacious, with 12 berths; the gentleman's cabin below, with 20 berths, both fitted up in the first style. She has a promenade deck extending far forward, where deck passengers are sheltered from the heat of the sun as well as from the rain, which must add greatly to the comfort of such travellers in this changeable climate. We also understand that this boat is to meet the Ottawa Forwarding Company at Bytown in connection with Mr. Drummond's boats, in order to form a regular line from Kingston to Montreal.

Upon the whole, we think that the pains, care and attention of the proprietors of this boat, in fitting her out in the most convenient manner for the public accommodation, should entitle them to a liberal share of patronage.

p.3 NOTICE - The water was this day let into the Welland Canal, which will be open for Navigation throughout as soon as a vessel can approach it from any Ports on Lakes Erie or Ontario. The ice has been clear on Lake Erie above Port Colborne for some days.

John Clark, Sec'y W.C. Co.

Welland Canal Office,

St. Catharines, April 8th, 1834.

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Kingston Spectator (Kingston, ON), April 24, 1834