British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 24, 1834
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p.2 Rideau Canal - The boats are still running, and we understand will be allowed to do so as long as the frost will permit them. We hope before another season opens, we shall have boats expressly for passengers, as the system of towing barges has rendered travelling on the Rideau, the most perfect humbug imaginable; the last time the Rideau came down she left Kingston at 2 o'clock on Monday, and did not reach Olivier's until 5 a.m. on Wednesday, having gone at the rate of a mile an hour. Unless something is done not only to facilitate the passage, but also to add to the comfort and convenience of passengers, and to establish certain hours of arrival and departure at Kingston, Bytown, and all intermediate places, which is quite easily managed, it can never be expected that any one will go that way, who can possibly avoid it; and we think from the business of this year, neglected and ill managed as it has been, it is worth the attention of the Ottawa Company or in short any one of wealth and enterprize sufficient to build a good boat.
We have recently perused two ill written tirades in the Port Hope Warder, (edited by a brother to Ogle R. Gowan,) in which great personal freedoms are used with a highly respectable and much esteemed gentleman, Lieut. Harper, R.N. at present in command of the Steam Packet, St. George. With respect to the particular charges brought against Capt. Harper, we know nothing, but this we do know, that had he been the man described, we should have been the first to have heard of and noticed it. The Whig office has been chosen by most people as the receptacle for complaints against Steamboats and their Captains, and we can say with much satisfaction, that we have never known any person make the slightest allusion to ill treatment or neglect of any kind received from Capt. Harper, or experienced on board the St. George.....
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- Rick Neilson
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Maritime History of the Great Lakes