The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Spectator (Kingston, ON), June 4, 1835

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For the Spectator.

Mr. Editor, - I desire to be informed by some of your readers who are competent to give the information, who is understood to be the Captain on board of a ship, vessel, or steam boat, or in other words, what are the duties and authority of a Captain? I always thought the Captain took command, until Friday last, when I came down from Belleville on board of the Sir James Kempt. Going on the boat, I enquired for the Captain, and was introduced to a very respectable looking, sociable, polite and agreeable young gentleman; everybody called him Captain and so did I. There were several ladies and gentlemen from Bath on a pleasure trip, among whom were a lady and gentleman with their daughter and son from Michigan. After some time they spoke to the Captain to know if he would be kind enough to stop a few minutes at the Stone Mills, that they might view the lake; he expressed his willingness, but said he could not without the sailing master was willing, as he had the whole charge of the sailing department, and stopped where and when he liked. We had our dinner to be sure in due time, and were given to understand that tea would be ready at 6 o'clock; 6 o'clock came and no tea, 7 o'clock approached and no tea, although some tea tackling made their appearance, and Bath was at hand; 7 o'clock came and we were at Bath and no tea. The gentleman called Captain had taken 9s. 6d. for the passage from Belleville to Bath, which is the charge including fare; he felt hurt, as any gentleman of sensibility would be under such circumstances; he apologized to the ladies and gentlemen, and acknowledged that he had no control over the eating department, that was managed altogether by the Steward and servants. Now I wish to know who is Captain?

The Sir James is a very pleasant boat, with respectable cabins and accommodations, and no doubt will be patronized if well managed. The hands on board appeared to be very sober, civil, good fellows - I suppose they are under the control of the gentleman called Captain.


Bay of Quinte, 23rd May, 1835.

p.3 On Tuesday we counted fourteen Schooners at anchor in Kingston bay, wind bound, besides two or three at the wharves. It is but seldom so many are to be seen at one time.

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Kingston Spectator (Kingston, ON), June 4, 1835