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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Feb. 11, 1834

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At a meeting of the Managing and Building Committee of the Steam Boat to be built at Prescott, to ply between that place and Montreal, held on the 23rd inst., it was

Resolved - That in consequence of the Stock having been nearly taken up, and in order to expedite the building of said Boat, that an installment of Ten per cent be paid in, on or before the 15th of February proximo, to Alpheus Jones, Esq., Treasurer, Prescott.

By order of the Committee.


Prescott, Jan. 25th, 1834.

p.3 Canal Tolls - rates on Oswego and other American canals. (full column)

Commissariat Office, Kingston, U.C.

February 8th, 1834.



Notice is hereby given, that Sealed Tenders will be received at this Office until noon, on Monday the 10th day of March next, from such persons as may be willing to undertake the Transport of Government Stores, (heavy Ordnance & Gunpowder excepted,) Troops, Baggage, Horses, Parcels, etc. until the close of the navigation of this year, viz.

From Prescott to Kingston;

From Kingston to York, Port Dalhousie, Niagara and Queenston;

And from York to Cobourg, and from those places back again respectively.

It is to be clearly understood, that whenever requested, the Contractor must forward passengers & Stores by the earliest conveyance, without detention to favor the interest of any particular boat.

All Ordnance Stores must be landed or received, as relates to Kingston, at the Ordnance Wharf, at Point Henry.

The Tenders must state the several rates in Halifax Currency, agreeable to a prescribed form to be obtained at this Office, where the conditions of the contract may be seen, and must have reference to two persons of known property as sureties.

From the very great inconvenience formerly experienced to the public service, as well as to the contractor, by there not being any person on the spot from whom information could be obtained as to the arrival and departure, etc. of Steam Boats, it is particularly desirable, if the contractor is not resident at Kingston, that he should appoint an agent at that place, with whom the Commissariat can communicate without delay.

Payments to be made by a check on the Bank of Upper Canada; the usual accounts being presented at this Office.




To be built at Prescott, on an improved Plan, to ply between Prescott and Montreal.

At a general meeting of the inhabitants of Prescott, called for the purpose of taking into consideration the most expedient plan of building a STEAM PASSAGE BOAT to ply between Prescott & Montreal, A. McMillan Esq. being called to the Chair, and Mr. W.B. Wells appointed Secretary, the following Resolutions were proposed and adopted:-

1st - That this meeting deem it expedient to construct a Boat at Prescott, of the following description, viz. - Two cylinders of an elliptical, or oval form, 176 feet in length, 5 in depth, and nine feet wide; to be built of staves, and bolted together by means of iron hoops on the inside, without any timbers; the ends formed in such a manner, as to give a good bow and stern. The cylinders to be placed twelve feet apart, with a deck extended across them to project two feet outside, measuring 176 by 31, and bolted by means of iron bolts, and well secured by iron braces. A wheel, of 25 feet in diameter, and 12 feet in length, is to be placed between the Boats, and worked by two Low Pressure Engines of 30 horse power each. When thus far advanced, the Boat not to draw more than than 20 1/4 inches, and move through the water at the rate of 18 miles per hour.

2nd - That from estimates, the meeting are of opinion, that such a boat can be constructed and put into operation for £5000.

3rd - That, to insure a more extensive and impartial circulation of Stock, this sum be divided into Eight Hundred Shares at Six Pounds Five Shillings each, and until the Boat be completed, the Stock be not transferable, except by the consent of a majority of the Committee of Management.

4th - That, until the completion of the Boat, no Stockholder be entitled to a vote on any share or shares over fifty.

5th - That Hiram Norton, Alexander McMillan, Alpheus Jones, Joseph Whitney, Lonson Hilliard, Esquires, of Prescott, Henry Gildersleeve, Esq. of Gananoque, be the Managing and Building Committee.

6th - That a committee be appointed to open the Books and take up subscriptions for Stock, who are to report to the Committee of Management as early as the 15th day of February next, and that the following be a committee, viz.:-

Messrs. Wm. Ritchie & Co. Montreal; C. & J. McDonald & Co. Gananoque; Joseph Whitney and W.B. Wells, Esqs. Prescott; Gay C. Wood, Esq. Cornwall; George Brouse Esq. Matilda; D.C. Judson, Esq. Ogdensburgh, U.S.; J.G. Bethune, Esq. Cobourg; G. Monroe, Esq. York; Russell Prentiss, Esq. Hamilton; Lewis Clement, Esq. Niagara; Henry Gildersleeve, Esq. Kingston; Billa Flint, Esq. Brockville; George A. Clark, Esq. Brantford.

7th - That, as soon as 2500 pds. be subscribed, the Managing and Building Committee may proceed to make Contracts for the Building of said Boat.

8th - That the Committee of Management be hereby authorized to open the Books immediately, and send them to each of the Committee for taking up the Subscriptions; and that they be also authorized to proportion the amount of each instalment to be paid in, and fix the time for the payment of the same; and also the time for forfeiture in default of payment.


W.B. WELLS, Secretary.

Prescott, January 14th, 1834.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Feb. 11, 1834