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British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 8, 1834


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p.2 Steamer Brockville - This beautiful Boat on her way up on Tuesday last got some part of her engine connected with a water pipe out of order by which a quantity of water was let into her before it was discovered; in consequence of which a considerable delay occurred in getting her clear - she then came up to this. But perceiving that she had lost in her speed in consequence of an alteration in her paddlewheels since last fall, she has been kept off her route to remedy the inconvenience. We understand she resumes her trips today. [Brockville Recorder]

Bank lending money to Welland Canal. (Hamilton Merritt & Co.) [Toronto Advocate]

On Friday last, the elegant and fast sailing Steamboat Kingston made an experimental trip down the St. Lawrence to the head of the Long Sault, for the purpose of trying how far boats built on ordinary principles, are capable of ascending the rapids between the Sault and Prescott, and succeeded a merveille.

From notes taken on board the Kingston by a passenger both ways, we are enabled to lay before the public, a correct statement of her journey. She left this place on Friday morning at eight o'clock precisely and arrived at Dickenson's Landing at the head of the Long Sault at a quarter before seven o'clock in the evening. Her actual time of running to Prescott, a distance of 72 miles, was five hours and fifty-five minutes, and from thence to the Sault, a distance of thirty eight miles, in two hours and forty-two minutes more, making in all, eight hours and thirty-seven minutes to perform a distance of 110 miles, not including stoppages at French Creek, Brockville, Maitland and Prescott. Although her speed in smooth water exceeded 12 miles per hour, and in rapid water nearly fifteen, yet all the day the steam of the Kingston was but half up, and the wood used the very worst of the kind, no attempt being made on the part of the boat to do her best. On the return up stream, better kind of wood was procured and the vessel at times did her very best. She left the landing at half-past six o'clock in the morning of Saturday and arrived at Prescott about one o'clock in the afternoon without the slightest difficulty or hindrance, except one of about half an hour's duration, when in consequence of having got into the wrong channel at the foot of the Gallops, she was obliged to fall back some distance to regain the right one. This detention being taken into account, the Kingston performed the journey up to Prescott in rather more than six hours and (proved?) to a demonstration, that any powerful-engined Steam Boat, not drawing more than five feet water, can ascend these formidable rapids.

At Prescott, the successful boat received the congratulations of a numerous body of spectators, and after some delay passed over to Ogdensburg where she was also received with acclamations, and thence to Brockville, where she was again congratulated, and returned to Kingston between eleven and twelve at night.

That such boats as the Brockville and Iroquois, built expressly for the route, should be able to perform the journey we have recorded, is nothing remarkable; the difficulty comes in taking a boat built for deeper waters, and making her ( ) with comparative ease, what the other boats performed with some difficulty. The waters of the St. Lawrence are said to be lower at the present time, than for many preceding years at the same period of the year.

p.3 The steamboats William the Fourth and Queenston visited this port on their upward route on Monday night.

To the Proprietors and Managing Committees of the Various Steam Boats touching at Kingston - a letter to editor from Robert D. Cartwright, Ass't Minister at St. George's Church, asking steam boat proprietors not to run boats on Sunday.


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Date of Original:
April 8, 1834
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KN.4704
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English
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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 8, 1834