The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 1, 1834

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p.2 New Steam Boat - The new Steam Vessel building by Job Lodor Esq. of Ancaster, was launched last week, and will make a most valuable addition to the trade of Lake Ontario, being of very large dimensions and having two engines of first rate power. It is expected that this boat which makes the 3rd built at the head of the Lake, in the last two years, will be ready to take her place in the passenger trade, early in the spring. We shall say more about this superb boat soon; but at present are not prepared to do so. [Courier]

A new steamer belonging to Charles Thompson, Esq. has been put in operation on Lake Simcoe under the appropriate title of the Peter Robinson, called after the Honorable gentleman to whom that county has been so much indebted for its present advanced state of prosperity. She is to ply on both sides of the Lake, on alternate days. It is stated that for beauty of construction and rapidity of movement, she equals most of the boats upon the Upper Canada waters. Her engine was made at the foundry of Messrs. Ward & Co. of this city, and put up by Mr. James Irwin, of that establishment, who has already exhibited his superior talents as an engineer by the manner in which he fitted up the machinery of the steamer Constitution, now plying on Lake Ontario between several British ports and Rochester. Mr. Thompson, the Toronto correspondent mentions, was so much pleased with Mr. Irwin's exertions and professional skill, that in addition to the amount of his contract, he voluntarily presented him with a free deed of a valuable property. [Montreal Gazette]


The excellence of this route from Montreal to Kingston is strongly marked by the following fact which has been personally communicated to us by our respected friend Thos. McKay Esq. of New Edinburgh on the Ottawa.

The Steam Boat left Lachine on the Ottawa line on Monday the 9th at 1 o'clock p.m. with Two Barges in tow, one of which was left at Bytown, and the other proceeded in tow of the Thomas McKay to Kingston; with 25 Tons of Goods on board, part of which were put on board the Steamer St. George at Kingston, and arrived here (Toronto) on the 15th, a despatch altogether unprecedented. Many emigrants were on board with considerable luggage, all of whom arrived here at the same time. Six days for the transport of goods from Montreal to Toronto!!! This settles the question of the value of the Rideau Canal. [Toronto Patriot]

Wm. Avery steamer uncouthly handled at Prescott by people believing the reports about its captain duping emigrants. [Montreal Herald]

p.3 A circumstance which occurred on Sunday night has been related to us by a highly respectable gentleman from Montreal which if true, militates against the general urbanity of Capt. Whitney of the Great Britain. We shall not dilate, but if this paragraph meets the eye of the Captain, he will call to mind the transaction we allude to. We are fond of contrasts. The same traveller on leaving Kingston yesterday afternoon in the Britannia unluckily left his baggage on shore, and Captain Herchmer with singular politeness, put back the Britannia to the wharf for the purpose of fetching it.

The steam boat passage between Kingston and Bytown every day becomes shorter. The Rideau returned from the latter place on Saturday last in thirty-two hours. She had no barge in tow.

The Toronto arrived from Bytown on Sunday afternoon in 48 hours having a barge in tow, and upwards of 150 passengers.

The Rideau left this morning for Bytown, having on board Lieut. Holbrook and the detachment of Marines and Seamen from the Kingston Dock Yard, on their return to England.

St. Lawrence & Rideau Routes - a letter to editor about dispute over times taken to travel the routes - refers to earlier letter published in Montreal Gazette on 3rd; the Ottawa Forwarding Company spent close to £4000 to build Vaudreuil lock. [Montreal Gazette]

Died - On Sunday afternoon, 28th June, Robert Moore Esq., of His Majesty's Dockyard, Kingston.

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