The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 12, 1835

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p.3 The Steam-Boat Kingston - We take some blame to ourselves for not having earlier noticed this gem of the Canadian waters, this pride of the Bay and River. Since the commencement of the season, the Kingston has been running regularly between Prescott and the head of the Bay, performing punctually her two trips per week as advertised, meeting the passengers from below, the stages for Toronto, Cobourg and Port Hope at the Carrying Place, and receiving at Kingston, the passengers for Montreal, from Toronto by the St. George. A variety of improvements have contributed to increase the popularity of this vessel very materially: - she has been repaired and beautified since her late disaster, and been placed under the able command of Capt. Calder, a gentleman as indefatigable in his endeavors to promote the interests of the shareholders, as studious to contribute by his general urbanity towards the accommodation and comfort of his passengers. In noticing other boats not so celebrated for swiftness as the Kingston, it is often deemed necessary to call them "the fast sailing steam packet," the "swift and elegant vessel," with other titles descriptive of speed, but on this boat there is no necessity for panegyric; every body who knows any thing about Canada steamboats, knows that the Kingston has long stood pre-eminent in this desirable particular, and all that need be said about the matter is, that so far from having decreased her rate of sailing, she is said to have materially increased it, owing to some important alteration about the engine.

Amid the increasing poverty and desolation of our town, it is some consolation to witness any description of business flourishing, and by what we should judge, from the number of passengers and heavy lading of the Kingston, we should say, that she is making money fast. May she so continue!

Mr. D. Prentiss, of this town, is the boat's general Agent.

Since our last, the Thomas McKay and Bytown have arrived from Bytown with several large barges in tow, the former on Sunday, and the latter this day.

The Rideau left for Bytown on Sunday, taking two large barges in tow, and having on board many of the ladies belonging to the 66th Regt. and their baggage. The trade on the Canal and Ottawa is described as being very brisk.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 12, 1835