The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 20, 1835

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p.3 Steam-Boat St. George - This majestic vessel left our harbor for the 1st time this season, for Toronto & Niagara, on Saturday last. As a slight description of all the steamboats which belong to or are connected with the port may not be uninteresting to our readers, we shall commence this day with that of the St. George.

The St. George was built in the summer of 1832 at Kingston, by the Stockholders of the John By, whose low-pressure engine of 90 horse power was appropriated to the new vessel. The burthen of this boat is nearly 400 tons; she is schooner rigged, and has ample accommodation for 60 cabin passengers, besides an infinite number on the deck and steerage. As a sea-boat she has acquired a reputation for speed and sea-worthiness, equal if not superior to any vessel on Lake Ontario, and her commander, Lieut. Harper, R.N., is one of the most experienced steam-boat captains in this or any part of the world, having had for many years, the command of one of the steam-packets between Dublin and Liverpool. During the winter, an important alteration has been made in the St. George's boilers, whereby the expense of fuel has been diminished, and four inches more steam rendered capable of being used with safety. The trade of this boat will be entirely confined to Kingston, Cobourg, Port Hope, Toronto and Niagara; touching at all these places, with the exception of Niagara, once a week until the 20th May, when fresh arrangements will probably be made for the summer business. The price charged for each cabin passenger is $6 from Kingston to the head of the Lake, ($2 less than from Prescott by the other boats,) and $4 1/2 for a deck passage to the same place. To Cobourg and Port Hope, both going and returning, the charge is proportionately less. Freight from Kingston to Niagara 10d per cwt.

The St. George is owned solely by D.J. Smith, Esq. of Kingston, who became the purchaser a few months ago when she was put up to the hammer in order to defray the expenses etc. incurred by her build and accidents in 1833. As the encouragement of a Kingston boat must necessarily tend to the improvement of the town. we feel every confidence that our fellow citizens will this season give Mr. Smith such tokens of their good will, as will induce him to keep his capital afloat.


The Fast Sailing Steam-Boat


W. Calder, Master.


Will leave the Carrying Place on Monday and Thursday mornings, at 3 o'clock - touch at the River Trent, Ameliasburgh, Belleville, Sophiasburgh, Culbertson's, Scanlan's Wharf, Hallowell, Adolphustown, Fredericksburgh, Bath - to Kingston. Will leave Kingston same day at 6 P.M. touch at Pittsburgh, Gananoque, Brockville, and arrive at Prescott in time for the Stages or Steam-Boat for Montreal.


Will leave Prescott every Tuesday and Friday P.M. immediately after the arrival of the Stages or Steam-Boat from below; touch at Brockville, French Creek, and arrive at Kingston early next morning. Will leave Kingston every Wednesday and Saturday morning at 8 o'clock, touching at the intermediate places, and arrive at the Carrying Place same evenings in time to meet the Stages for Cobourg and Toronto.

After the 20th May, passengers leaving Montreal on Monday and Thursday mornings, can take the Kingston at Prescott, and will arrive in time for the St. George, which leaves Kingston on Wednesday and Saturday mornings for Toronto.

All Packages and Luggage at the risk of the owner, unless booked and paid for.

Every attention will be paid to the comfort of passengers, and the Boat is well adapted to take freight, horses, etc.

Kingston, April, 1835.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 20, 1835