The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 5, 1834

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p.2 Improvements of the Grand River. [Western Mercury]

The Dalhousie steamer has been raised on Saturday last from where she was sunk and taken to Coteau du Lac to undergo a thorough repair.

A steam-boat race is said to have taken place between the Great Britain and the United States, which ended in the discomfiture of the latter, and the breaking of the shaft of the former, at least so says the Chronicle. For our part, we can hardly credit the fact that two such men as Captains Whitney and Van de Water could permit anything of the kind; and have an idea that the whole affair is trumped up by the ci-devant Yankee who manages the Chronicle, on purpose to shew his hatred to his countrymen. Take the following example.

"We are no friends to the dangerous sport of steam-boat racing, but we would rather see the Great Britain the victor."

This means, if it means anything, that although aware of the highly dangerous consequences of steam-boat racing, the editor would rather the practice prevail, if thereby the Great Britain could be the victor! And who makes this observation? Is it some furious old countryman, brimful of national prejudices? Some native Canadian, who fought and bled during the last war, and consequently thinks himself entitled to perpetuate his dislike of the Yankees? Neither. It is a citizen of the United States who so declares himself - a man who having been here but a short time, fancies it incumbent upon him to seize hold of every opportunity to manifest his abhorrence of the country which gave him birth, reared, educated, and protected him. Out upon such characters!

p.3 Rideau Canal No. 4 - from Jones Falls through Sand Lake to Davis' Mill, Chaffeys, Isthmus, Upper Rideau Lake; includes report of Tay Navigation Company, and tolls on Tay canal.

To the Editor of the Chronicle & Gazette, Kingston.

Sir, - For the information of the public generally, and the Stockholders of the Steamboat St. George in particular, we think it necessary to notice an editorial in your paper of the 26th, a part of which is intended to apply to us.

You state that at this place "a batteau load of emigrants that had just arrived were detained a day for the William." The barge Windsor reached this port on Friday evening in tow of the Kingston, a short time after the arrival of the St. George, having on board about 45 emigrants for Toronto. As soon as the Windsor touched our wharf, the purser of the St. George came from that boat, lying at the wharf above, to get the emigrant passengers. We persuaded them to remain till the next day for the William, giving to that, or any other boat on the Lake, a preference to the St. George, for reasons which we consider quite satisfactory.

We are often pressed with freight for the Upper Country, and have invariably endeavoured to ship it by the first boat, for the benefit of our customers. To our great

annoyance, the St. George has passed our wharf, and when freight could be procured elsewhere, refused to take any from us. Captain Harper as reported, has frequently said that he should not accommodate us, when freight was to be procured from others. Whether this is true or not, Mr. Harper best knows; but this we know from an unquestionable source, which can be given when required, that the agent for the St. George at Kingston, himself stated, that he had directed Captain Harper not to take goods for us, giving as a reason, that we had written to Mr. Smith at Paris, for whom we had forwarded goods by the St. George last autumn, that the customary charge for goods at that season by other boats, was one shilling and three pence, when they had charged one shilling and six pence; and that in consequence of our so writing, they had not been able to collect the full amount of their demand. If therefore, the proprietors of the St. George consider it their interest to annoy us, and through us injure our customers, by refusing to take goods of our employers, we shall continue as we have done in the instance referred to, to send passengers by the William, or any other boat, in preference to the St. George.

With respect to the St. George conveying goods from Kingston for 2d. less per hundred than the other boats, it is what we have not troubled ourselves about. If she chooses to carry them for nothing, to demonstrate the superior advantages of the Rideau to the St. Lawrence route, she may do so; and as to your threat of forming a junction between the St. George and Commodore Barrie which, it would appear, is to look down all opposition, it gives us no uneasiness; we shall continue to manage our own little business, to the best advantage to ourselves and employers, satisfied that the proprietors of the St. George and Commodore Barrie, will at all times do that which they believe to be for their advantage, without regard to the interests of the forwarders upon the St. Lawrence.

You seem not to understand what can be the inducement for other boats to charge the same price for freight across the Lake from Kingston as from Prescott. Captain Whitney, or any other steam-boat master that understands his business, will at once assure you, that he would as soon take a load from the extreme point of departure, where the boats lie upwards of 24 hours, as take a part at any intermediate port, at the same rate.

Your obedient servants,

H. & S. JONES.

Brockville, July 28th, 1834.

Note by the Editor - It appears to our simple apprehension, that there is ample loading for two steamboats to run constantly between Kingston and the head of the Lake; we should be most willing to witness the experiment tried, were it for no other further purpose than to see a check put to the increasing impertinence of the Forwarders below: in aid of the undertaking we shall take pleasure in copying the advertisements of the two steamboats, St. George and Commodore Barrie, gratuitously, to end of the season, and trust the other Kingston Papers will follow our example.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 5, 1834