The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Spectator (Kingston, ON), July 10, 1834

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(from microfilm available at Queen's University - Stauffer Library)

p.3 Commodore Barrie went on board the St. George at the wharf in front of his house on Point Frederick this morning and proceeded for Lower Canada on his way to England.

The Navy point at this time has the appearance of something like a deserted town. It presents a strange contrast to the life and activity it exhibited a few years ago. Nearly all the houses are unoccupied, the yard closed and the guard withdrawn. Only here and there a solitary individual is to be seen, looking about and reflecting on the number of persons this establishment once gave bread to. Nothing is more missed than the regular tones of the yard bell; it was as good as a town clock to the inhabitants of our town.

We have been favored with the following Journal, by Mr. W.P. Cook, who has lately returned from Montreal with a large and choice assortment of seasonable goods:

June 24th - Left Kingston in the Sir James Kempt at night and arrived at Prescott next morning. I engaged my passage in a Bateau loaded with wheat for Montreal. About five o'clock next day a gale came on so suddenly that we were obliged to cut the braces to right the boat. In crossing Lake St. Francis the swells broke over the boat 3 or 4 feet high and wet the cargo; however I arrived at Montreal after plunking the night and had a narrow escape of being drowned. Having ascertained the price of the market I made my purchases on the 27th and ordered them to be sent to Church's store ready to start on Monday.

Monday noon left Lachine in the Ottawa steamer with a barge in tow having my goods on board. The next morning went on board the Shannon steamer. The barge with the goods passed through the Grenville canal, was taken in tow by the Shannon, and arrived at Bytown that evening. It rained very hard the greater part of the day, but the excellent accommodations of the Shannon sheltered the emigrants we had on board who were all kept dry. I could not but remark how comfortable their present situation was, to what it would have been if they had taken the route of the river St. Lawrence in the open boats on that river, especially in and about the rapids. At every place where the boat stopped the Emigrants were well supplied with milk at a reasonable rate. At Bytown I embarked in the Thos. McKay and arrived at Kingston July 4th in the evening, with my goods dry and safe. My opinion is, the route by the Rideau canal is far preferable to the St. Lawrence for comfort and safety, which the following comparison will prove:

My goods this year cost me 2s. 9d. per cwt. freight and came up under my own eye in a few days, without receiving any damage; not a single article was broken in my crates of glass and crockery ware. Last year the freight of my goods was 4s. 6d. per cwt. and six weeks after I purchased them they arrived at Kingston.

The proprietors of the Steam Boat Kingston, grateful for the very liberal patronage which they have received from the public, beg leave to give notice that in consequence of the unfortunate circumstance of the Steam Boat Brockville breaking her Engine, they have allowed the Kingston to take the place of the Brockville on the rapids, until she is repaired, as no other boat could perform those trips, and without which the public would suffer much inconvenience by the interruption of the navigation.

The proprietors of the Kingston beg leave to state to the public, that they have procured their well tried friend and faithful servant the Steam Boat Toronto to supply the place of the Kingston on the Bay and river until the Kingston resumes her trips again on the Bay.

The Toronto will leave Prescott on Monday and Thursday afternoons, touch at Brockville and Gananoque to Kingston. Will leave Kingston for the Bay on Tuesday and Friday mornings.

Will leave the Carrying Place for Kingston on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

Will leave Kingston for Prescott on Wednesday evenings and on Monday mornings at 5 o'clock.

Every exertion shall be made on the Toronto to ensure the comfort of the passengers.

Kingston, July 3rd, 1834.

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Kingston Spectator (Kingston, ON), July 10, 1834