The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 8, 1834

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p.2 navigation of the River Thames for steam vessels is desirable, would benefit the whole area. [True Patriot]

Six schooners have arrived at this port during the last week from Lake Erie, via the Welland Canal. The Captains of which report there is now no difficulty whatever in getting speedily through the canal, as it is in excellent order. [Grenville Gazette]

The following is a correct account of the time the Steam Packet United States took in running from Brockville to Kingston on the 6th July inst. Distance 60 miles.

h. m. s.

Left Brockville 11 17 00 A.M.

Arrived at Alexandria, 24 miles, 1 26 00 P.M.

Left ditto 2 8 30 "

Arrived at French Creek, 12 miles, 3 16 30 "

Left ditto, 3 25 30 "

Arrived at Kingston, 24 miles, 5 23 30 "

Total Time 6 6 30

Deduct Stoppages 0 51 30

Time of Running 5 15 00

By the above it will be seen, that the United States performed the passage in five hours and a quarter, running time, without any allowance for loss of head-way in stopping.

We take pleasure in laying the letter from Messrs. Rose & Cameron before the public, which has ere this appeared in more than one newspaper. -

Sir; - At the present crisis, when the utility of the Rideau Canal is unknown to many, and wilfully misrepresented by others, we deem it our duty in common with the inhabitants, and especially the Merchants of Kingston, to contribute any fact that may come to our knowledge as public evidence in support of a truth which none but anonymous writers will venture any longer to contradict; viz. That the Rideau Canal is the speedier, cheaper and safer route for baggage or merchandize from Montreal to the Upper Province.

Having ordered ten chests of tea some weeks ago, with particular directions to send them by the Rideau, our Agent (contrary to our desire) despatched five of these by the Rideau line, and the other five by the Canada Forwarding and Insurance Company, Brockville, stating as his reason for so doing, that whichever of the routes was most expeditious, we should benefit thereby, being much in want of the article. The Teas by the Rideau arrived the first, the amount of all charges for carriage to Kingston is 12s. 10 1/2d. Charges on the other five chests by the St. Lawrence, 18s. 7d., although of equal weight. Further comment on the subject, would, to most people, seem unnecessary.


Kingston, 1st July, 1834.

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