The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 26, 1835

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p.2 The Steam-Boat Oswego - This pleasant vessel, Capt. Homans, which has run with so much regularity and success the pleasant season, gave a pleasure trip to our citizens on Thursday. A very general invitation was given, and was accepted by a numerous party. The day was bright and pleasant, and the boat was in fine order. She left the dock at half past eleven o'clock, and crossed the river to Prescott, where she took on board the Prescott band, and a number of citizens, who were invited to participate in the pleasures of the excursion. We have never witnessed a party that seemed to enjoy themselves better in their amusements, among which a cotillon was not the least. No pains were spared by the officers of the boat to entertain the company, and a more sumptuous treat is seldom ever offered. The dinner table was furnished with every thing our market could afford and the luxuries, and the luxuries of foreign climes, and the wines the best afforded by Champaigne or other countries. Great credit is due to the exertions of Capt. Homans, to make pleasant the ride, whose gentlemanly deportment has won from him the esteem of all on board, by whom this generous treat will not be forgotten. [Ogdensburgh Republican]

p.3 Boat Race - A race took place on Thursday last between the steamboat United States and Oswego, which caused considerable interest among the friends of the two boats. The United States was met on her regular trip down, by the Oswego, at Morristown, eleven miles above here, with the intention of testing the speed of the two boats. The United States left Morristown just as the Oswego came opposite there, and before she could turn and get under way, the United States was a quarter of a mile ahead. The Oswego held her distance for the first half way, but on the last half she fell back, so that when the United States arrived opposite our harbor she was half a mile behind. It has been a question of dispute heretofore between the two boats, which had the greatest speed, but this race we believe has settled the question. [Ogdensburg Republican]

The steamboat Jack Downing has commenced running between Cornwall and Hogansburgh, making two trips each day, touching at the American side of St. Regis. Her engine is 6 horse power, and she is considered the handsomest ferry-boat on the St. Lawrence. [Morning Courier]

The travelling portion of our readers will please to bear in mind, that on the first of June, those splendid steam packets, the Great Britain and United States, which are now running in concert, performing the trip round the lake once in seven days, will then commence doing the same distance in five days; whereby their days of touching at Kingston and other places will be altered. The Great Britain will call here going up on Wednesdays, and on Mondays coming down. The United States will call on Saturdays going up, and on Thursdays coming down. For further particulars we refer to the advertisement.

There are two steamboats on Lake Ontario, whose merits on both sides of it are so fully appreciated, as to require no puffing of any kind: need we say these boats are the Great Britain and United States? In size, in point of accommodation, and in swiftness, they tower so far above their competitors, as to defy any thing like successful rivalry. Added to these advantages, they are each of them happy in the possession of skilful and gentlemanly captains. Capt. Whitney of the Great Britain, is one of the oldest and most experienced masters now afloat; his name alone is sufficient to ensure a safe and speedy passage, with kind treatment while on board; and a life spent in the service of the public has gained for him the good will and esteem, not of hundreds but of thousands. Capt. Van Cleve of the United States has not the good fortune of being so well known: he is a younger man than Capt. Whitney, and this season is the first of his command; we opine, however, that his services as purser of the same vessel must have been highly meritorious, since they induced his owners to make choice of him to fill the able place of Capt. Vandewater. Need it then be wondered at, when either of these vessels are in port, that they should command the business? The "pensive public" know when they are well treated.

The steamer Commodore Barrie has partially altered her route, omitting the trip up the Bay, and making the trip from Prescott instead of Kingston.



May 22 - The steamer Bytown, with barges St. George and Carillon in tow.

May 23 - The steamer Rideau with passengers.

May 26 - The steamer Margaret with barge Hope in tow. The Hope left Montreal on the 21st.


May 23 - The steamer Rideau with barges Carillon and St. George in tow. In the Carillon, Potashes for Peter McGill & Co., J.B. Brown & Co.; Fisher, Hunter & Co. all of Montreal. Flour for Howard & Thomson, Montreal, and Forsyth, Walker & Co. Quebec. In the St. George, staves for Richardson, Forsyth & Co. Montreal.

May 25 - The steamer Bytown, with the durham boat Rob Roy in tow. In the steamer, whisky, pork and flour, for Bytown; in the durham boat, staves for Richardson, Forsyth & Co. Montreal.

The Margaret with barge Hope will be despatched tomorrow.

A good number of emigrants have arrived lately by the way of the canal.


The New and Splendid Steam Boat


Commanded by Capt. James Sinclair,

Propelled by two superior Low Pressure Engines

of Messrs. Ward & Co.'s Manufacture:

Will Leave The Different Ports As Follows:


Leaves Prescott every Monday after the arrival of the Montreal Stages,

Brockville, Monday evening,

Kingston, Tuesday morning, 8 o'clock,

Oswego, Tuesday evening, 6 o'clock,

Cobourg, Wednesday morning,

Port Hope, Wednesday morning,

Toronto, Wednesday evening for Niagara.


Leaves Niagara every Thursday morning, at 10 o'clock,

Port Hope, Thursday evening,

Cobourg, Thursday evening,

Oswego, Friday morning, 8 o'clock,

Kingston, Friday evening, 6 o'clock,

And arrives at Prescott in time for the Montreal Stage on Saturday morning,

Passengers by this Boat leaving Niagara on Thursday may arrive at Montreal on Saturday.

The Boat is of superior speed and commanded by one of the most experienced Navigators on the Lake.

N.B. Every attention will be paid to passengers and also to property regularly shipped.

Kingston, 25th May, 1835.

To Sell or To Hire - sailboats and skiffs by Walter Eales, Painter, on Clarence Street.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 26, 1835