The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 6, 1834

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p.2 more on detention of steamer United States at Kingston by Customs Agent - has confidence in Mr. Kirkpatrick, and wouldn't want to see retaliation by American collectors. [Sackett's Harbour Courier]

The first boat for Kingston by the way of the Rideau and Grenville canals left this city yesterday afternoon, the Grenville Canal having been opened the previous day. The boat is of a construction perfectly capable of navigating the lakes, so that we may now boast of an uninterrupted inland navigation hence to Sandwich. Still there is great room for improvement. New Cuts must be made, Canals widened and deepened, and obstructions removed from our rivers before our inland navigation will be complete; however, that which we now announce is a great step gained, - a decided era in our interior trade. The boat in question had many passengers. [Montreal Daily Advertiser, April 30th]

Yesterday evening the steamer Great Britain left Messrs. Crane, Hooker, McCutcheon & Co's wharf precisely at 5 o'clock, overtook the United Kingdom three miles below Brockville, fell in company with that proud, saucy flirt, the Brockville steamer, which with all the pomposity of a British frigate, came along side, bantered our good mother Great Britain to a race. The Brockville close to the shore, off they go - cannot tell which is which - tight ploughing - pretty much alike - oh! the Great Britain gains! still gains! the Brockville is dropping fast astern! Some one is pacing the quarter promenade deck of the Brockville, apparently under some trouble of mind!! The Brockville keeps her distance - plenty steam - the Britain growls, the Brockville snores - close running! The Great Britain gains fast!! Ah! the Brockville is clearly and fairly beaten!!!! Hurrah! round goes hats, bonnets and wigs. Immense cheering! - louder still!! - still louder!!! Hoarse throats tomorrow we guess! Trumpets blowing, bugles sounding, the big drum booming, the band playing 'See the conquering hero comes!' Fine times - the poor Brockville people look sober! sour faces! long lips! hurrah again! off go hats and wigs! hurrah! hurrah! for Great Britain - Great mistress of the Ocean!!!! Thump! thump! goes the Brockville with clear madness against the Great Britain, crushes her young one!! breaks some of her ribs!!! In compassion, the Great Britain lets her pass, what shaking of hands ! jumping, dancing, cheering, and even whistling! every tongue crying out the Brockville is beaten! beaten!! We guess Captain Whitney has got more shakes than coppers. The Prescott people are drunk with joy. Off go the ropes; she is now safe alongside the wharf; the band is landing - now playing "See the conquering hero comes;" - going to Col. R.D. Fraser' s, plays a Scotch tune - gives three cheers - the band enters - takes a drop of comfort, with some bread and cheese - gives three cheers - returns in merry mood, embarks on board our good old mother Great Britain. She now sheers off - returns in good season to Prescott. - Pleased with the voyage, every one returns to his home, singing and shouting "See the conquering hero comes." It would take us a full hour to relate every occurrence which took place on this pleasant chivalric voyage.

Oh! for a Bobby Burns, a Scott, or a Byron, to herald this never- to-be-forgotten experimental voyage, to generations yet unknown. Success to the Great Britain. Long life to the Hon. John Hamilton, Capt. Whitney, etc.

The Brockville is a smart hussy - rather too proud and concerted; she did her best, consequently deserves credit. She is, we believe, a match for any other boat on the lake; but the Great Britain is the conquering heroine. Every person we met with in the streets of Brockville looked tory fashion - solemn and sour, as if he had the heart-burn or toothache, except a few jolly paddies, who cared not a farthing wither the wind blew. [Grenville Gazette]

St. Lawrence Canal - must decide on route, much information on costs. [Cornwall Observer]

Port Hope & Rice Lake Canal - cost estimates.

p.3 By the arrival of the Rideau from Bytown yesterday in 2 days, we have the gratifying intelligence, that two of the new barges built in the Lower Province for the conveyance of passengers and merchandize, had arrived at Bytown from Montreal on the 3rd inst., having passed the Grenville Canal with perfect facility. The navigation from Lachine to Kingston for large barges is now fully open, and nothing is wanting to make the trade highly profitable to all parties concerned, save that of opening the eyes of the people of Kingston to their own interest, a task more difficult to execute, than persons at a distance would be apt to imagine.

If the trade by the canal is encouraged, nearly the whole benefit of it must inevitably be centered in Kingston; if the trade by the St. Lawrence should be preferred, and be made to predominate, Kingston has then a dozen rivals to participate in the gains, some of whom are very likely to surpass her in commercial importance. If rightly applied and duly appreciated and encouraged, the Rideau Canal must prove a tower of strength to the Province, and a perfect cornucopia to Kingston, but if its advantages are neglected, and it continues to be viewed with the same rigid look of indifference, which has characterized the regards of our townspeople, the canal may fall into obscurity and insignificance, but it will be at the expense of its natural supporters, the inhabitants of this town.

The United States on her third trip upwards this season, called yesterday at Kingston, having upwards of 400 passengers on board, principally emigrants from the North Eastern section of the State of New York to the more fertile regions of Ohio and Michigan. On her two previous trips, she had on board nearly 700 souls each time, and a few such cargoes will soon depopulate the not thickly settled counties of St. Lawrence, Franklin, and Clinton.

In mentioning the names of the American steam boats which visit this port, we unintentionally omitted to notice the Wm. Avery. This superb vessel, named after the Engineer of Syracuse, was built the winter before last and finished imperfectly towards the latter part of the summer. In consequence of these defects, together with some accidents in her machinery, occasioned by the slightness of the iron work, she was not very successful in the few trips she made.

During the winter, she has undergone important alterations and improvements; her equipment for passengers has been fully completed and rendered equal to that of any other boat; her engines have been remade, and are now as perfect as possible; the speed of the boat has been vastly improved, and without flattery, she may be declared a very superior vessel. Her route is the same as that of the United States and Oswego, leaving Ogdensburgh on Saturdays.



The Steam-Boat


(Propelled by two powerful low-pressure Engines,)

W.W. Sherman, Master,

Having had her Cabins and accommodations altered and improved during the winter, will start on her Regular Trips between Ogdensburgh and Niagara, for the season, on the 3rd of May next. The proprietor, Col. D. Griffin, determined that nothing should be wanting to promote the comfort and convenience of passengers, has spared no pains or expense to put his Boat in the best possible condition, and he feels warranted in saying that, for comfort, safety and regularity, she will be found equal to any Boat on the Lake. Her Commander, Capt. Sherman, has been long well and favorably known to the travelling public, on Lake Champlain and the North River, as an able and skilful navigator.

Going Up

She will leave Ogdensburgh every Saturday at 5 o'clock p.m. touching at Prescott, Morristown, Brockville, Alexandria Bay and French Creek.

She will leave Kingston, U.C. Sunday 6 a.m.

do. Sacket's Harbor, Sunday at 12 m.

do. Oswego, Sunday at 10 p.m.

do. Rochester Landing, Monday at 8 a.m.

do. Toronto, (formerly York,) Monday at 9 p.m.

And arriving at Lewiston on Tuesday morning, giving passengers all the day to visit the Falls and return by the Boat.

Coming Down

She will leave Lewiston, (Niagara) every Tuesday evening at 8 o'clock.

do. Rochester Landing, Wednesday, at 8 a.m.

do. Oswego, Wednesday, at 5 p.m.

do. Sacket's Harbor, Wednesday, 11 p.m.

do. Kingston, Thursday, 7 a.m.

Touching at French Creek, Alexandria Bay, Brockville and Morristown, and arrive at Ogdensburgh on Thursday evening, passing that most interesting part of the scenery from the Lake to Ogdensburgh by day light, enabling passengers leaving Niagara on Tuesday evening to arrive at Montreal on Friday: or affording those who wish, to visit the celebrated Masseny Springs and arrive in Montreal on Saturday.

Freight taken as usual.


Ogdensburgh, Messrs. Allen & Warner,

Brockville, H. Billings,

Alexandria Bay, A. Walton,

French Creek, Smith & Merrick,

Kingston, B. Philips,

Sacket's Harbor, S.J. Hall & Co.,

Oswego, Cole & Wright,

Bronson & Crocker,

Rochester, C.H. Greene,

Youngstown, ___

Lewiston, H. & G. Reynolds.

Ogdensburgh, April 24, 1834.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 6, 1834