The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 19, 1835

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p.2 The Hon. John Hamilton has chartered the steamer Britannia for the season to run between Toronto and Hamilton; and is building a beautiful steam packet at Niagara Dock, to run from Queenston to Toronto touching at all the ports on the head of Lake Ontario. [Morning Courier]

The old steamer Queenston, the property of the Hon. John Hamilton, will be employed this season in towing rafts on the Bay of Quinte, and schooners between Prescott and Kingston. A steam towboat has long been wanted in these places, exclusively for the purpose of towing rafts and schooners. A very great advantage will be derived by the lumberers as many rafts may be saved from being wrecked in the gaps. [ibid]

The great quantity of ice in the Niagara River has hitherto prevented steamboats from proceeding to Queenston and Lewiston. The William IV on her last trip up was to try to force her passage through, as she had about twenty tons of goods on board for Amherstburgh and Sandwich. [ibid]

It is with pleasure we insert the following communication from one of His Britanic Majesty's Subjects, knowing that Capt. Tyler richly merits all the praise contained therein.

To the Editor of the Liberal Advocate.

Sir, - I am decidedly opposed to "puffing" and especially kind of fulsome praise which has interest lurking at the bottom of it. - but, allow me to recommend to that portion of the travelling community, between this place and Kingston, U.C. the steamer America and her gentlemanly commander Capt. Tyler. The boat to be sure, is not one of those "floating palaces" that we occasionally see, but she is a snug seaworthy vessel and her accommodations are as good as can be desired by any reasonable person: and her Captain is as obliging, accommodating and urbane a gentleman as I ever saw in his situation. He is well known as an experienced sailor and is deservedly popular on our side of the water: may he long continue to merit that esteem he now so eminently enjoys.

I leave the subjects, wishing Capt. Tyler and his boat every success.


Rochester, May 12th, 1835.

p.3 Business appears to be stirring up the Bay of Quinte. The Kingston came down last night with a monstrous load, and was as full of passengers as she could cram. We are pleased to notice also that the St. George is doing a fair trade. Tomorrow she will, for the first time this season, commence her two trips per week.

Lake Erie is finally free of ice. Three steam-boats and 20 schooners departed from Buffalo up the Lake on the 8th inst.




May 15 - The Enterprize. This vessel is slightly out of order,and is being refitted.


May 16 - The Rideau, Capt. Bowen, with barges Mary and Iroquois, laden with flour, wheat, staves, Pork, etc.

May 18 - The Margaret, Capt. Moorhouse, with pork and flour.

The Thos. McKay is expected hourly, and will be dispatched immediately back to Bytown.

It is in contemplation to despatch the steam-boats of the company four times a week regularly from Kingston and Bytown, and the days when fixed on will be advertised.

Nearly 1000 bbls. flour were delivered yesterday at the company's wharf for transhipment to Montreal.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 19, 1835