The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 16, 1834

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Steamboats Between Hamilton & Toronto.

Ten years ago we had but one steam boat on Lake Ontario, that (wind and weather permitting) found its way from Prescott to Queenston in the course of a week, and back again in the next. Now we have boats crossing the lake in all directions, and tracking its blue waters as thickly as concession roads & side lines are delineated on the maps of our townships. Four years ago the arrival of a steam boat at Port Hamilton was an event of such importance that Mr. George Carey erected a tower upon his brick tavern for the purpose of communicating the interesting intelligence. We have now three boats plying daily between Toronto and Hamilton - the Kingston and Queenston leaving Toronto every morning for Hamilton, and returning to Toronto in the afternoon; and the Oakville leaving Hamilton every morning for Toronto, and returning to Hamilton in the evening.

The Free Press has been denied the honor of advertising for steam boats until lately. The Oakville being the first to patronize us, we ought in all editorial conscience to puff most highly, happily it stands, or rather moves in no need of our puffing as it does its own upon the high pressure principle. To say nothing of its engine further than that it is to be replaced by a much better one next season, we feel pleasure in stating that its cabin is spacious and convenient, and its cabin attentive and obliging.

We first saw the waters of Lake Ontario on board the Queenston, in 1825. When we think in the nine years that have passed how many friends have failed and hopes have fled, there is a melancholy pleasure in finding the Queenston still unchanged in her face towards us, and still sea worthy. Of the Kingston we know nothing - the reason - she has not advertised in the Free Press. Should she do so, we shall take a trip to Toronto, regardless of politics, with her - pay our passage, and puff her into the bargain.

Is it not strange, that with three daily boats to Toronto, we should not have one to Niagara and Queenston? Have the steam-boat proprietors absolutely conspired to shut out this part of the Western Paradise from the view of the thousands of polite people who congregate at the Falls, that Ultima Thule of fashionable tourism? Two boats, one leaving Hamilton, the other Toronto every morning can do all the business that can be done profitably. If one of them will consult its own interest and the convenience of the public by taking the route to Niagara, we will engage 40 passengers for her the first trip, whether she advertises in our paper or not.

[Hamilton Free Press]

Tay Navigation Company - canal unfortunately not finished yet. [Bathurst Courier]

steamer Lady of the Lake has boiler explosion - 1st fatal accident of the kind since the introduction of steam on the St. Lawrence in 1811; also details of inquest; questions about condition of boiler. [Quebec Gazette]

Notice in Official Gazette of an Application for tax to be applied on land to support the Welland Canal Co. [Daily Advertiser]

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The Steam Boat


(Propelled by two powerful low-pressure Engines,)

Capt. R.J. Van Dewater,

Will leave Kingston every Sunday evening for Sackett's Harbor, Oswego, Rochester, Toronto, and Niagara.

Leaves every Friday morning for French Creek, Alexandria, Brockville, Morristown and Ogdensburgh.

Sept. 15th, 1834.

The New and Elegant

Steam Boat


(Propelled by two low pressure Engines,)

Capt. Sherman,

Will run between Ogdensburgh and Niagara the remainder of the present season, as follows:

On her passage up the lake she will leave Ogdensburgh on Wednesday evening.

Kingston, U.C. Thursday morning.

Sacket's Harbor, do. 12 m.

Oswego, do. evening.

Rochester, Friday morning.

Toronto, (York) U.C. do. night.

Arriving at Youngstown and Lewiston, early on Sunday morning, and will leave

Lewiston, on Sunday evening.

Rochester, Monday morning.

Oswego, do. evening.

Sacket's Harbor, do. night.

Kingston, U.C. Tuesday morning.

And arrive at Ogdensburgh the same evening. The boat will touch at French Creek.

September, 1834.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 16, 1834