The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 22, 1834

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The Splendid Low Pressure Steam Boat


Captain Whitney,

Will during the season 1834, leave the different Ports as follows, commencing on Tuesday the 29th of April, viz.:


Prescott, on every Tuesday Evening.

Brockville, Tuesday Night.

Kingston, Wednesday Noon.

Oswego, (State of N.Y.) Wednesday Evening.

Cobourg, Thursday Morning.

Port Hope, Thursday Morning.

Toronto, (late York,) Friday Morning.


Niagara, on every Saturday Afternoon at 4.

Toronto, (late York,) Sunday Morning.

Port Hope, Sunday Noon.

Cobourg, Sunday at 1 P.M.

Oswego, (State of N.Y.) Monday Morning.

Kingston, Monday Noon.

Brockville, Monday Evening.

All Baggage and Small Parcels are considered at the risk of the owners, unless given in charge to the Purser on board.

The accommodations on board the Great Britain have been much enlarged and improved during last winter; and every exertion will be used to ensure regularity and comfort to Passengers.

The above boat will await the arrival of the passengers that leave Montreal on Monday by the Upper Canada Stage.

Lake Ontario Steam Boat Office,

Prescott, 1st April, 1834.

The New And Elegant

Low Pressure Steam Boat


Capt. Ives,

50 Horse Power and 200 Tons Burthen,

For Speed & Safety Unequalled

From Prescott to Kingston

And the Head of the Bay of Quinte

Going Upwards.

Will leave Prescott and Ogdensburgh on Monday and Thursday evenings after the arrival of the Steam boats from below; will touch at Brockville, French Creek, and arrive at Kingston next morning.

Will leave Kingston for the Head of the Bay on Tuesday and Friday mornings at 9 o'clock; will touch at Bath, Fredericksburgh, Adolphustown, Hallowell, Culbertson's Sophiasburgh, Belleville, River Trent, and arrive at the Carrying Place same evening.

Going Downwards.

Will leave the Carrying Place about 4 o'clock, after the arrival of the Western Stages, on Wednesday and Saturday mornings; will touch at the above mentioned intermediate places, and arrive at Kingston same afternoons.

Will leave Kingston on Wednesday and Saturday evenings at 7 o'clock, will touch at French Creek and Brockville, and arrive at Prescott the same night.

Good Stages leave the Carrying Place after the arrival of the Boat, for Cobourg, Port Hope and city of Toronto, making it a delightful route by water and land for those who wish to see this interesting country.

Every attention will be paid to the comfort of passengers, and the boat is well adapted to take freight, horses, cattle, etc.


At Prescott, Messrs. Crane, Hooker & Co.

Messrs. McMillan, Link & Co.

At Kingston, " J.G. Parker.

At Hallowell, " C. Bockus.

At Belleville, " B. Flint.

At Cobourg, " W. Weller.

Kingston, April, 1834.


The Rideau and Ottawa Steam Boat Forwarding Company respectfully inform the public, that they will be ready at the opening of the navigation, to receive and transport passengers, goods, wares, and merchandize to and from Montreal to Kingston, at the undermentioned rates:

Cabin passengers from Montreal to Kingston, and from Kingston to Montreal, 60s. and found.

Emigrants taken at Montreal, and found through the route to Kingston, 12s 6d. allowing to each adult 50 lb. baggage.

Freight of goods, wares and merchandize from Montreal to Kingston, 2s. 9d. per cwt.

Freight from Kingston to Montreal as under:

Flour, 2s. per barrel.

Pork, 3s. 0d. do.

Ashes, 5s. 6d. do.

Wheat, 60 lbs. 8d. per bushel.

Payment of freight will, in all cases, be exacted on delivery of the property.

Goods by this line will be put into large barges, (which are decked all over) and not disturbed until they arrive in Kingston, and being an inland navigation, and towed by Steam Boats, insurance may be dispensed with, with safety.

It is the intention of this company, that these barges, laden with goods and passengers in Montreal, will deliver the same within four days at Kingston.

ROBERT DRUMMOND, Agent, Kingston.

E. CUSHING, Agent, Montreal.

Kingston, April 12th, 1834.

p.2 I am happy to be enabled to inform you that the public works on the line of the canal between Carillon and Grenville, which have been so negligently and wastefully managed, are at last, likely to be so far completed, early this spring, as to allow such craft as can pass through the Lachine Canal, to be taken direct from Montreal to Kingston, without transhipment. Much praise is due to Captain Hayne of the Royal Engineers, at present in charge. He is most indefatigable in exertion, and is as steadily attentive and laboriously engaged on the works from early in the morning, until late in the evening, as if he were a veteran contractor.

The change in the operation at Chute-au-Blondeau, is wonderful, where for a length of time past, three or four hundred men were so crammed together, and so badly managed, that at times they were scarcely perceptible at a short distance to be a living mass; and now, under the superintendence of Captain Hayne, all are as continually in active motion as a hive of bees in a sunny summer's day. I most sincerely believe, that had those works been from the commencement, conducted with such skill and industry, as is now exhibited, the whole would have been completed ten years since, and at one fourth part of the expense.

It is to be hoped that Captain Hayne's praiseworthy conduct, will meet with a better recompense than what has been awarded to Col. By, who was one of the most able and indefatigable conductors of a similar work, and the most ill-used and abused man that was probable even in the British service. But such men, although jealousy may obscure for a time, their merits from a liberal government, and envy, ingratitude, and imbecility, may impugn their characters, yet they have the consolation to know that they are most honorably distinguished, and that a lively sensation is felt for their interests by all good men.

The Steamboat and Forwarding Company on this route have it appears, sunk a heavy capital in constructing locks, and providing other public conveniencies, notwithstanding it is reported that they are determined to second the views of government, in making this a principal route to the Upper Province, by conveying merchandise and produce cheaper than by the route of the St. Lawrence. The people of Kingston, by appreciating their own interest, will undoubtedly use every exertion to meet the enterprising Ottawa company half way. It is also generally understood, that sober, industrious, and civil men, will be employed on Rideau Canal works, the ensuing summer, to facilitate the progress of Kingston Mills, and some other places, which the enemies of the Rideau Canal works, made such a noise about last year, I have been informed, are removed.

Ottawa, April 2nd, 1834.

St. Lawrence Canal - We are informed that the Commissioners are to receive after the 1st of June, £10,000 monthly, until the sum of £70,000 is expended - this is as much as they asked for this season - double that amount will be expended the next. Mr. Jones, President of the Board, has gone to York, it is said, for the purpose of making arrangements with the Receiver General for drawing the money as it may be required. The Engineer, Mr. Mills, has been sent for, and is expected in next week - as soon as he arrives, the Commissioners will meet and mark out that part of the route which they intend to improve in the first instance, and advertise the same for Contract.

We believe the Commissioners have not yet determined which end of the Canal they will commence first - we would therefore take the liberty of suggesting the propriety of completing that part between this place and Milleroche in the first place - for in that case the present navigation will not be interrupted. By looking over the Engineer's report, it will be found, that if the Long Sault is commenced first, the boats will have to find some other channel for ascending than our side, and if compelled to make use of the South side, they will only be able to ascend empty. The question then arises, how are the goods and merchandise to be got up? The Laws of the United States will not allow us to break bulk without the payment of duties - therefore all must be carried from the foot of Milleroche, to the head of the Long Sault, and all boats must go up on the American side, and then return to the head of the Long Sault to receive their goods - with all those difficulties staring us in the face, we trust the Commissioners will adopt our suggestions, for if they do so, they will find that the navigation will not be so long impeded. [Cornwall Observer]

p.3 more on Drummond contract with Naval Department - he got the contract because he submitted the lowest tender.

Circular to the Collectors of the Northern North Eastern and North Western Districts of the United States; -

Treasury Department,

Comptroller's Office, Jan. 9th, 1834

Sir, - In a communication received from the Secretary of the Treasury, dated the 5th inst., he requests me to instruct you that it appearing by information furnished to the Secretary of State by Mr. Bankhead, British Charge d'Affairs that no Custom house charges of any kind are levied in the ports of Upper or Lower Canada, upon any raft, flat, boat, or vessel of the United States entering otherwise than by sea - no custom house charges of any kind are, in compliance with the provisions of the 2d Section of 2d March 1831, to be exacted upon any British Colonial raft, flat, boat, or vessel, entering the ports of the United States, otherwise than by sea.

Respectfully, Jos. Anderson, Comptroller

Baron S. Doty, Esq. Collector, Ogdensburg.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 22, 1834