The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Spectator (Kingston, ON), May 19, 1836

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p.2 The opposition between the St. Lawrence and the Rideau Forwarding Companies is commencing with the same violence as it was carried on last year, and each are causing puffing accounts to be published of their means to accommodate the public, and have also employed puffers to aid them in circulating their fine promises which they seldom fulfilled. At the same time the accounts may have the effect of alluring strangers. For passengers both up and down - the route by the St. Lawrence is superior for comfort, pleasure and dispatch. Goods, it is said, come better by the Canal at present; at the same time the facilities by the St. Lawrence are much improved. The Rideau Company are rather out of favor for shewing a spirit of monopoly in getting possession of a private Lock on the Ottawa and refusing to let craft not owned by them pass through, even by paying a reasonable toll, which is also an injury to the Rideau Canal, because many send their goods by the St. Lawrence rather than submit to what is considered an imposition.

The Bytown on her first trip downwards, was much obstructed on her passage by the large number of logs floating in the Rideau Canal. Coming up in the night she ran foul of the Steam Boat Rideau and had her starboard bow stove in. Some of the Montreal papers mention a trip of the Thomas McKay, which is a mistake as that Boat was sunk last season and has not been raised.

The beautiful Steamboat Canada which formerly went from Toronto to Niagara is now owned by Messrs. Truax, Phillips and a few others, and is to run between Kingston and Oswego for this season.

Steam Boat Accident - As the Steam Boat United States was coming up the South Channel on Monday night, she ran foul of a schooner loaded with wheat, belonging to B. Flint of Belleville. It is said the violence of the blow was so great on the schooner as to split her in two, and the hands had barely time to save themselves by getting on board the Steam Boat. These boats are large and strong, and not liable to be injured by sailing craft, should they come in contact with them. Being in a measure secure from danger themselves, they dash forward, too often with indifference, and by that means do damage and put the lives of their fellow creatures in danger from carelessness.

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Rick Neilson
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Kingston Spectator (Kingston, ON), May 19, 1836