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British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 29, 1834

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p.2 Steam-boat Michigan - This splendid boat will make her first trip to Buffalo tomorrow. She will leave the wharf of O. Newberry, at 4 o'clock precisely. Capt. Pease, formerly of the Superior, will command her. His reputation as a skilful and experienced commander as well as for gentlemanly deportment as a man is well known. The superiority of this Boat in regard to strength and speed is only equalled by the convenience and excellence of her accommodations. There is little doubt that she will command, as she well deserves, a liberal share of public patronage. [Detroit Journal, April 15th]

The Ottawa Steamboats have commenced their regular trips, and it is but justice to the agent, Mr. Cushing, of this city, to notice the comfort and convenience he has ensured to the public in the fitting up of the respective steamboats on the line. The Ottawa has been refitted with artificial bilges, which has the effect of rendering her extremely steady without diminishing her superior speed; she is commanded by Capt. Lyman, as her former commander, Captain Lighthall, has been appointed to superintend the towing and regulating the barges through the Carillon and Chute a Blondeau Canals up to Grece's Point, all of which, under the prompt management of Captain Haynes, are now, we rejoice to say, navigable. For this purpose he has the St. Andrews steamer under his command. The Shannon is commanded by her old and well known master, Capt. Kains. It is expected that in the course of the next week, some of the Kingston steamers will arrive at Bytown to continue the line to that place from Montreal, and permit the trip to be effected in four days (unless prevented by adverse gales or other extraordinary contingencies.) The arrangements which have been made for this object cannot fail to ensure much comfort and satisfaction to passengers, and the greatest possible security and expedition in the transit of freight, and though last mentioned, yet not the least in importance, as we have heard, at very reasonable rates. [Montreal Gazette]



The new American steam-boat Black Hawk, built at French Creek in the winter before last, and which was so unfortunate in the few trips she made last summer, arrived at Kingston on Monday evening, on her first journey this season. She is we hear, intended to be a regular day boat, between Ogdensburgh and this port, touching at the intermediate places, and stopping one night in Kingston and the other night in Ogdensburgh.

She is a handsome well finished vessel of her size, (midway between the Caroline and Kingston,) and her accommodations for passengers are ample and convenient. The engine which is upon the low-pressure principle, works up to thirty horse power, and the speed of the boat is from 8 to 10 knots per hour. The imperfections which retarded her success last summer have (we are informed) been entirely removed, and as nothing is apparently wanting in her equipment, we wish the enterprising owners sufficient success this season, to counterbalance their loss last summer.

The new and splendid steamer Oswego, which was built last summer at the flourishing town of that name, made her appearance in our harbour this morning, and left for Ogdensburgh at 4 o'clock P.M. She is intended to run on the same route as the United States, and will be going up the Lake while the other is coming down. In size she is rather longer than the vessel just named, but not quite so wide. Her engines are two (low-pressure) of fifty horse power each, and her speed is said to be very great. Her accommodations for passengers are on the same extensive scale as those of the larger lake boats and are elegant and convenient; one material improvement we noticed, that of the Ladies' Cabin being below deck. She is private property, and is commanded by an intelligent and gentlemanly man, Capt. Macy.

The Carroll lying near the above vessel, we went on board and examined her. She appears to have been entirely rebuilt since last season. Her engine is new, low-pressure, 45 horse power, and for speed, few boats can touch her. Her route is rather singular, being from the mouth of the Genessee river down to Kingston, and can only be explained by reference to her advertisement. Her accommodations are extremely good for the size of the boat, which is something smaller than the Kingston .

To the Editors of the Chronicle & Gazette.

Kingston, 25th April, 1834.

Gentlemen; - Observing in the British Whig of the 18th inst., and in the Ogdensburgh Republican of the 22nd inst., editorial articles strongly animadverting upon me in my official capacity, for having detained the steamboat United States in this Port, on the morning of the 18th inst., until 10 o'clock, because she had on board a few dutiable articles, I beg leave to state for the information of the public, some particulars respecting the case, which if known to the Editors in question, have been carefully concealed by them.

On the first trip of the steamboat United States this season, I was called on by the Master about 5 o'clock A.M., to take the report of his vessel. I did so, and then told him that although the hours at which his boat was advertised to arrive at this Port were not during the office hours appointed by law, yet I should be happy to afford him, in common with the Masters of all other American and British steamboats, every accommodation in my power; and that at no matter what hour the boat arrived, provided the cargo to be discharged consisted only of passengers and their luggage, he should be at liberty to proceed on his route, by merely leaving a written report of such arrival at the office, or with one of the Deputies. But that in the event of his having dutiable articles on board, I should require him to remain until they were entered and the duty paid according to law; stating to him that the office was opened for such business at 10 o'clock during the month of April, and at 9 o'clock during the summer. He expressed himself much pleased with the proposed arrangement, and assured me that he did not intend to bring any freight here, but that his principal object was that his passengers should not be detained beyond the time mentioned in the advertisement. I was not a little surprised, after this conversation, to be called upon by the same gentleman on the next trip of the boat, at about 5 o'clock A.M., and requested to receive the duties upon some goods which were on board the boat. Without inquiring what they were, I refused; and as I acted strictly according to law, and he in direct opposition to the arrangement agreed upon between us a few days previous, I conceive no apology is necessary for my conduct on the occasion. I have since been told by him that it was contrary to his wishes that the property was shipped at Oswego, and that he told the owner of it, that the duty would not be received until the office hour appointed by law.

For the correctness of the foregoing statement, I appeal to the Captain of the steamboat United States.

I am, Gentlemen,

Your Obedient Servant,

Stafford F. Kirkpatrick, Deputy Collector.

Note by the Editor - We have copied Mr. Kirkpatrick's explanatory letter, but do not see how it exculpates him from his imputed offence. The law upon the subject makes it imperative for collectors to be in their offices at certain hours, but does not prevent them from attending at any other time; and if therefore Mr. Kirkpatrick chose to detain a vessel about five hours at a very considerable expense, upon an occasion when according to his own account, the dutiable articles were put on board the United States contrary to the Captain's wishes, he has only himself to thank for all the exposure (through the whole of the press in the two Canadas and the States of the Union) which such an unwarrantable and arbitrary display of authority deserves.

The New and Elegant



(propelled by two low pressure engines,)

R.B. Macy, Master,

Has just been completed with superior accommodations, and will commence her trips on Lake Ontario, for the present season, on the 30th of April inst., and run as follows:

On her Passage up the Lake, she will leave

Ogdensburgh on Wednesday, at 9 A.M.

Kingston, U.C. Thursday, 6 A.M.

Sacket's Harbor do. 12 M.

Oswego do. 10 P.M.

Rochester Friday 8 A.M.

Toronto (late York) U.C. do. 6 P.M.

arriving at Youngstown and Lewiston early on Saturday morning.

On her Passage down the Lake, she will leave

Lewiston on Sunday, at 8 P.M.

Rochester Monday, at 8 A.M.

Oswego do. 5 P.M.

Sacket's Harbor do. 11 P.M.

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

and arrive at Ogdensburgh the same evening. The Boat will touch at French Creek, Alexandria, Brockville and Morristown, both going to, and returning from Ogdensburgh.

Refer To

E.N. Fairchild, Ogdensburgh,

John Strange, Kingston,

Bulkley & Clark, Sacket's Harbor,

E. Trowbridge, Oswego,

Chas. H. Green, Rochester,

John Beach, Youngstown,

H. & G. Reynolds, Lewiston,

R. Feehan, Toronto, (late York)

Oswego, April 25, 1834.

The Steam Boat


Capt. D. Howe,

Having been fitted up with a new powerful low pressure Engine, will ply the ensuing season between Kingston, Sacket's Harbor, Oswego and Genesee River, as follows, viz.:

Leaves Kingston for S. Harbor, Sunday, half past 1 p.m.

S. Harbor for Oswego, Sunday, 12 o'clock, night.

Oswego for Sacket's Harbor, Monday, 6 p.m.

Sacket's Harbor for Kingston, Tuesday, 2 a.m.

Kingston for S. Harbor, Tuesday, half past 1 p.m.

S. Harbor for Oswego, Tuesday, 12 o'clock, night.

Oswego for Sacket's Harbor, Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Sacket's Harbor for Kingston, Thursday, 2 a.m.

Kingston for S. Harbor, Thursday, half past 1 p.m.

Sacket's Harbor for Oswego, Thursday, 12 night.

Oswego for Genesee River, Friday, 11 a.m.

Genesee River for Oswego, Saturday, 3 a.m.

Oswego for Sacket's Harbor, Saturday, 6 p.m.

Sacket's Harbor for Kingston, Sunday, 2 a.m.

The above Boat has during the past winter been fitted up in handsome style for the accommodation of Passengers.

Emigrants going West, will be landed at Rochester, and sent from thence by the Canal to Buffalo, to which place they can contract for a passage with the Captain, at a very low rate.

It will be seen by the above arrangement, that persons taking this Boat, will be able to spend the greater part of a day at either of the above places, and return back within the 24 hours.

She will intersect Boats at Kingston, touching at all the ports on the Canadian and American sides of Lake Ontario and the River St. Lawrence - and Steam Boats at Oswego touching at Cobourg, York and Niagara - and the Canal Boats and Stages for Syracuse, Utica etc. and also the Stages at Sacket's Harbor.


Will leave Sacket's Harbor every Thursday night, at 12 o'clock, for GENESEE RIVER, touching at Oswego - and will send Passengers from Genesee River to Buffalo by the Canal, including their passage on the steam boat from Sacket's Harbor, for $3. Children under 12 years of age, half price. Infants free.

Those taking this Boat will be on the Lake only one day, and will find it the most expeditious route to Buffalo - at which place they will always find steam boats in readiness to go to Cleveland and other ports on Lake Erie.


Cole & Wright, Walton & Willey, and Bronson and Crocker, Oswego.

p. Butterfield, E. Sacket - Sacket's Harbor.

Barton Philips, Kingston, U.C.

C.H. Green, Genesee River.

EDWARD SACKET, Managing Owner.

April 16th, 1834.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 29, 1834