The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 29, 1834

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p.2 Steam Boats - The Steam Packets once more begin to visit our deserted wharfs. Yesterday the America touched here on her passage to Niagara for the first time since the sickness. We omitted to mention, at the time, that this boat (late the Carroll) has been materially altered and improved. Twenty feet have been added to her length, and about three or four feet to her breadth, consequently she has false sides and a false bow, the latter particularly well adapted for speed. Her engine is very powerful for her tonnage, and in swiftness she is said to be equal to any vessel of her class. Capt. Howe, her former able commander, still continues to navigate the America, which may without flattery be styled a very superior Steam Boat.

The Wm. Avery called here yesterday on her downward trip. This vessel has changed owners, Col. Griffin having sold out, and Messrs. James Lyon & Co., H. Fitzhugh & Co. and D.W. Cole of Sackets Harbor, having purchased her between them. Capt. Johnston remains in command.

As the William Avery was getting under weigh, the new Steam Boat Commodore Barrie, made a start for Prescott from the Wharf, evidently with the intention of trying her speed. At a short distance from the shore, the two vessels were abreast; when the Wm. Avery having rung her bell, it was quickly answered by the Commodore, and both went off at a great rate. The latter soon shot ahead and fired a gun; and as far as the bystanders from the shore could discern, she appeared to keep the distance she had gained. The truth of the matter is, the Commodore Barrie is a most superb Steam-Boat, and few vessels on these waters are able to cope with her either in beauty or sailing.

The Great Britain, having her shaft replaced, resumed her trips on Wednesday last.

For the British Whig.

Mr. Editor - There has been a great deal said upon the relative speed of the Great Britain and United States Steam Boats, while the press is silent upon the swiftness of other Boats fully their equal.

On Saturday last, the Wm. Avery started from Ogdensburg in company with the United States, for the trip round the lake, and after each vessel having touched at the several ports, the Wm. Avery arrived in Oswego on her way back, nearly two hours in advance of the United States, beating her twenty miles. Comment is unnecessary.


Steam Boat Wm. Avery, Kingston August 27th, 1834.

Note By the Editor - If our friend Capt. Van de Water and his elegant vessel, do not shortly make their appearance in Kingston harbor, we shall begin to think we know not what. There was a time when the Wm. Avery dare as soon burst her boiler, as talk of racing, much less beating the "Pride of the American Waters."

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 29, 1834