The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Spectator (Kingston, ON), May 18, 1838

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p.3 We are informed that one of the Rideau Canal Steamers, we believe the Rideau, on her passage last week burst her boiler, and two men lost their lives. The news came last Sunday, and 2 of the town papers have published since without mentioning it - we were induced to make further inquiry as to the accident, but we could get no information, except from persons disinterestedly concerned.

The St. George came off the Railway last week, without having sustained any serious damage by the accident which occurred some weeks ago as she was going off the Railway. It appears the frame which goes under a vessel, slipped out of its place, giving the boat a list, and left her fast. We hear much pains was taken to get her off, and it happened at a time when the business is not brisk.

There was a trial of speed between the Steamers Great Britain and Sir Robert Peel, from Brockville to Kingston, on Tuesday night last in which the Sir Robert Peel, as we are informed, (although her engines are not yet in proper trim) beat her competition with ease; a person just arrived from Kingston states the distance between the boats on their arrival at Kingston to be at least 2 miles. [Prescott Sentinel]

Last winter the Great Britain underwent improvements in her Boilers, and on starting did not work as well as formerly. The Peel fell in with her coming from Prescott, and succeeded after a great effort in outrunning her a little. The Prescott Sentinel, without giving any explanation trumpets for this accidental matter as a great victory gained. [Chronicle]

On Wednesday, the 2 boats started again from Kingston to Oswego, for another race, each prepared with all the tar barrels they could get, and other fuel of quick combustion. The news received from the boats is: that the Peel during the passage caught fire, and put an end to the foolhardy contention between the parties. The passengers were taken on board the Britain.

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Kingston Spectator (Kingston, ON), May 18, 1838