The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 11, 1834

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p.2 We are sorry to learn that the Dalhousie steamboat sunk last Friday at Point Maligne, on her way up the rapids, to navigate the Rideau Canal. She is about a mile from this, in six feet of water. The beds, furniture, etc. are said to sustain little or no injury. [Cornwall Observer]

two newspaper articles from New York City about Capt. N. Johnson of steamer Wm. Avery - he has saved four lives.

A Journal from Kingston to Montreal and Back.

June 24th - Left Kingston 11 o'clock P.M. in the Steamer Sir James Kempt, arrived at Prescott the following morning 25th, 1/2 past 9 A.M. Found no Steam boat to proceed until the morning of the 26th. Engaged passage in a batteau laden with wheat, which started two hours after my arrival at Prescott; proceeded as far as the head of St. Francis Lake; came to anchor about 9 P.M.; remained until daylight of the 27th, then sailed for the Coteau to take Pilot and have a clearance from the Customs; about 5 A.M. a sudden gale of wind came on; had no time to cast off halyards; was obliged to cut or sink; got into Coteau safe; started with a Pilot through the Lake St. Francis; met several batteaux, the heavy swell breaking over the boats 3 or 4 feet high, the poor men apparently nearly exhausted; the goods in the boats no doubt wet; arrived at Montreal 1/2 past 2 P.M. same day, after planking the night and a narrow escape of being drowned. Ascertained the prices of the Market, and on the 27th made purchases, and ordered them to be sent to Cushing's Store for shipment per Canal; completed my purchases by evening; in all 8 tons of goods, and had them put on board a batteau to start on Monday 29th. Started 29th at 6 A.M.; met the steam boat at Lachine 12 noon; started in the Ottawa steamer, the batteau in tow; about 2 P.M. arrived at Point Fortune; at 9 P.M. sent the batteau through the locks to Grenville; 3 A.M. of the 30th, went per stage to Grenville, and joined the steamer Shannon with the batteau in tow; proceeded at 8 A.M. to Bytown, and arrived there 1/2 past 9 P.M.; goods safe; experienced very heavy rain from 5 A.M. until 2 P.M.; a large number of emigrants on board, men, women, and children. If they had taken the other route, they would have been caught in the rapids, and must have experienced great severity from the rain for want of shelter, while at the same time on board the Shannon it was dry and comfortable; at every lock and place where the boat stopped, they were well supplied with milk and any other thing they wanted. At 1/2 past 9 A.M. arrived at Bytown and was transferred to the steamer Thomas McKay for Kingston; started at 10 A.M. on the 1st. inst. after waiting 2 hours for 6 cabin passengers, and arrived at Kingston on the evening of the 3rd July; goods dry and safe, and the passengers and crew healthy and well; the whole route in my opinion far exceeds the St. Lawrence both to comfort and safety. Cabin table furnished in the first style.

Last Fall my goods cost me 4s 6d. per cwt. besides Insurance, and I did not receive them for 6 weeks after they were purchased, and then some part of them was damaged. By way of the Canal they cost 2s. 9d. only, and not an article was broken or damaged, and all received into my own store on the 5th day after leaving Montreal.


Kingston, July 10th, 1834.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 11, 1834