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British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 1, 1834

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p.2 Burlington Bay - For some days past our Bay has been perfectly free from ice, and steam-vessels may now come to our wharves in safety. On Saturday last the schooner Minerva, Captain Zealand, arrived at Mr. Gunn's wharf, and has, we are informed, taken in a cargo for York. Schooners and steam-vessels, we presume, might now ply between the port of Hamilton and York, Niagara and Cobourg without the least danger of obstruction from ice, or the risk of those storms which usually take place at this season of the year; as it appears the late heavy breezes were the regular equinoctial gales.

p.3 Yesterday afternoon, an attempt was made to launch the new Steam Boat, Thomas McKay, which has been built by Messrs. Yarker, Vanalstine and Bennett, to run on the Rideau Canal. Owing to some accident the boat stuck, and notwithstanding the assistance of the Steam Boat Kingston, all attempts to get her off were unavailing. Tomorrow, another steam boat will be brought to help her, and we trust their united efforts will be successful.

Being in the vicinity, we took an opportunity of examining the beautiful modelled steamer now building under the direction of Capt. Gildersleeve. She is perhaps as elegant a vessel as ever was laid down in a Kingston ship yard.

Her extreme length is 144 feet, and her breadth of beam (including guards) 38 feet. She will be worked by two engines of 35 horse power each, and is intended to be launched on the 20th inst. Her name is variously stated Cataraqui or the British Sovereign; the former name is decidedly the most appropriate, considering the place she belongs to, and the trade she is to be engaged in; but as we think so, the latter cognomen may be considered as settled. Whatever name she is to be called, the new boat will take her station in the highest rank of steam vessels.

The beautiful Steam Boat Kingston, which was built last summer, and in speed was allowed to take precedence of every other craft on the Ontario waters, has lately been finished with great attention. The promenade deck extends now nearly the whole length of the boat and has been widened very considerably. A number of state rooms have been erected for families, and accommodation provided for persons to live on board who may be either unwilling or unable to pay cabin prices. The Kingston is now decidedly the most beautiful vessel of her size, that belongs to this port.

We understand that she is destined to run in conjunction with the Brockville, between this and the head of the Long Sault, provided she is able to steam the rapids, for which an immediate trial is about to be made. She sails tomorrow, under the command of Capt. Ives.

That noted Steam Boat Perseverance, (the old Toronto) which like my Grandmother's knife has had three new blades and two new handles, has lately had an additional blade in the shape of an entirely new promenade deck covering the extreme length of the vessel. This great improvement combined with the extensive repairs which the boat underwent late last Fall, has completely renovated her and she looks no contemptible rival even alongside that Prince of Steam Boats, the elegant and swift Kingston. We hear, that it is in contemplation to restore the original name of Toronto, in place of the barbarous and unmusical name of Perseverance, which she received last spring. The boat is almost ready for starting on her usual trips from Prescott, to the head of the Bay.

The beautiful new boat the Brockville arrived here on Sunday afternoon and left on Monday for the head of the Long Sault, the two extreme points of her destination. We had not time to examine her, but shall take an early day to do so in detail.

That splendid vessel, the United States, will commence her routes on the 13th inst., touching at Kingston, on Mondays and Fridays as usual.


A further instalment of Ten per cent, upon the Stock subscribed for the Steam Boat now building at Prescott, to ply between Prescott and Montreal, is required to be paid into the hands of A. Jones, Esq. Treasurer, Prescott, on or before the 10th day of April next - also, a further instalment of Ten per cent on or before the 20th day of April next.

By order of the Building Committee,

H. NORTON, Secretary.

Prescott, 20th March, 1834.



The Steamboat


(Propelled By Two Powerful Low Pressure Engines,)

Capt. J.R. Van Dewater,

Having had her cabins and accommodations for Passengers enlarged and improved, will start from Ogdensburgh on her regular trips for the season, on the 13th of April next. The Proprietors, determined that nothing shall be wanting to promote the comfort and convenience of Passengers, have omitted appointing Agents authorized to contract for freight, although they will be desirous of carrying it whenever they can do so, consistently with a due regard to the accommodation of passengers.

Going Up

She will leave Ogdensburgh on Sunday, at 5 o'clock P.M.

Kingston, U.C. Monday, at 6 A.M.

Sackets Harbor Monday, 12 M.

Oswego Monday, 10 P.M.

Rochester Landing Tuesday, 8 A.M.

Toronto (York) U.C. Tuesday, 9 P.M.

Arrives at Lewiston early on Wednesday morning, giving passengers all the day to visit the Falls, and return by the boat.

Coming Down

She will leave Lewiston every Wednesday at 8 o'clock P.M.

Rochester Landing Thursday, 8 A.M.

Oswego Thursday, 5 P.M.

Sackets Harbor Thursday, 11 P.M.

Kingston, U.C. Friday, 7 A.M.

Touching at French Creek, Alexandria, Brockville and Morristown, and arriving at Ogdensburgh on Friday evening, enabling passengers leaving Niagara on Wednesday evening to arrive at Montreal on Saturday, visiting on the route Rochester, Sackets Harbor, Kingston, Brockville, and Ogdensburgh, passing that most interesting part of the scenery on the River St. Lawrence, from the Lake to Ogdensburgh, by day-light.

March 24th, 1834.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 1, 1834