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British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 13, 1835

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p.3 Opening of the Navigation - On Friday morning the Steamboat William IV arrived at Kingston on its way to Prescott from Toronto. This boat is under the command of Capt. Hilliard, and has been much improved in its internal and external appearance. The addition of false sides has contributed effectually to steady the vessel when at sea, and will doubtless destroy that washing-tub character for which heretofore it has been so notorious.

On Saturday morning the American steamer Oswego, touched at Kingston on its way up. Owing to the early hour it arrived and departed, we were unable to visit it. On Sunday morning the United States made its first appearance in our harbor. This splendid steam-packet is this season under the command of Capt. Van Cleve, and has been renovated in its furniture and decorations with much taste and care. This boat is so universal a favorite, that any praise or commendation on our part is perfectly superfluous. On the same day the William IV called at Kingston on its upward passage.

On Saturday, the King of the Ontario waters, the gallant and glorious Great Britain, left Kingston for Prescott, to receive its furniture and prepare for its regular trips, commencing on the 14th inst. This noble vessel, which sustained some serious injuries in its machinery last Fall, has been made perfect during the winter, and left the harbor as gay and gallant as a bridegroom. This superb steam-packet will be commanded as usual by Capt. Whitney, the most urbane of all commanders, assisted in the clerk's department by Mr. Moody.

The swift and elegant St. George, under the care and guidance of Capt. Harper, will be ready to depart for Toronto and Niagara on Saturday next. This boat will confine its trips to between the above places and Kingston, touching only at Cobourg and Port Hope. We heartily wish this vessel success, and have but little doubt, when the Rideau navigation is in full operation, that success will reward its enterprising owner. The St. George is a Kingston boat, and should be so recollected. 'Charity begins at home.'

Early this morning the American Steamboat, the Wm. Avery, arrived here from Sacketts' Harbor. This boat has been freshly decorated and painted, and is under the command of Capt. Read. She will run between Ogdensburgh and Rochester until the 1st of June.

The opening of the Rideau Canal will take place, if practicable, on the 25th inst. Four steamboats owned by the ' Ottawa and Rideau Forwarding Company' are nearly ready to commence operations: the Bytown, (a new boat,) Thomas McKay, Rideau and Margaret, are all to be commanded by experienced men, and every attention will be paid to the comfort of passengers and the speedy forwarding of goods and merchandize. The advantages of the Rideau navigation above the tedious and dangerous St. Lawrence, were so fully developed last season, (when the Company labored under several disadvantages,) that it is not expected now, when ample preparation has been made, that any persons will be so fool hardy as to attempt again to mislead the public. The Agent for the Company at Kingston is Capt. Brush of Montreal, assisted by Mr. Craig of Kingston. A committee of Stockholders being in Kingston will superintend the affairs of the Company in this part of the Province. There will be a fifth steamboat on the Rideau, the Enterprize of Perth, which will, we believe, trade upon its own resources .

None of the Kingston Bay and River boats have as yet commenced running, owing to the masses of ice still remaining in the Bay of Quinte. The Kingston, commanded by Capt. Calder, formerly of the Britannia, will be down from Belleville as soon as the Bay is open. This swift vessel has been fully repaired, and is as a London Jew would say, 'better as new.' It will as usual take the front rank among vessels of its class. The Commodore Barrie is ready for sea, but we are not certain to what useful purposes the services of this elegant steam-boat are destined. The Sir James Kempt, 'steady as old time' will resume its usual trips up the Bay, as soon as practicable, making up in punctuality for the trifling advantages its rivals possess in speed.

A new steamboat has been built on Long Island, to ply between Kingston and the Ferry House, but as the engine has not arrived from Montreal, some time must elapse before its services are employed.


Arrangement for 1835.

The Steam Boat


(Propelled by two low pressure engines,)

D. Read, Master.

Will run (till the 1st of June) on the River St. Lawrence and Lake Ontario, between Ogdensburgh and Rochester as follows:

Leaves Ogdensburgh at 7 o'clock A.M.

April 15, 20, 25, 30,

May 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30.

Leaves Rochester at 9 A.M.

April 17, 22, 27,

May 2, 7, 12, 17, 22, 27.

On Her Trips Up Leaving

First Day Kingston 8 P.M.

Second Day Sacket's Harbor 7 A.M.

" Oswego 5 P.M.

" Sodus 9. P.M.

Arriving at Rochester the same evening.

On Her Trips Down Leaving

First Day Sodus 12 P.M.

" Oswego 6 P.M.

Second Day Sacket's Harbor 1 A.M.

" Kingston 7 A.M.

Arriving at Ogdensburgh the same evening.

Touching at Morristown, Brockville, Alexandria and French Creek on her way up and down.

The William Avery has undergone a thorough repair, and no pains nor expense have been spared to fit her up for the accommodation of passengers.

April 13th, 1835.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 13, 1835