The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 15, 1835

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p.2 In our paper of the 19th May, we noticed a competition between the steam-boats United States and Oswego, from Morristown to this place, and that the former gained of the latter about a quarter of a mile in the distance. A similar trial took place the following week, with we believe about the same result. On the first trial the United States was the leading boat, and on arriving at the light-house was about twice as much ahead as she was at Morristown. On the second trial, the Oswego was the leading boat, and on arriving here the distance between them was reduced to about one-half what it was at starting. This result we learned from persons on board both boats. The distance of separation in each case was variously estimated, but of the gain of the United States there was no dispute, and each time it was computed to be about the same.

We should not have alluded to the subject, but for the fact that we see it stated in the Oswego Observer, that the Oswego claims the victory on the latter occasion, and to do away the impression which the Oswego article is calculated to create, that the United States had sought the race. In both instances it has been wholly forced upon her. The Oswego arrives here on Wednesday, and does not leave again until Friday. The United States comes down on Thursday. In each case the Oswego has on Thursday, stripped herself of her boats and other incumbrances, and gone up to Morristown, prepared with red cedar, melted tallow, spirits of turpentine, etc. with the intention of awaiting the arrival of the United States, determined to out-run her in her journey down; she being encumbered with all her regular burden, passengers, etc. would give her opponent a decided advantage, and having no previous notice of their intention, would be consequently unprepared. We have no desire to say or do any thing to derogate from the character of the Oswego or her officers, but if any thing is to be gained by either boat from the reputation of being the swiftest, we think that it is due to truth and justice that a statement of the facts should be published, that the fastest boat may enjoy the benefit.

If under all the circumstances of advantage on the part of the Oswego, she has not been able to compete with the United States, it is not to be wondered that she is "determined to abandon racing," and it is submitted to the public to decide how much character she has gained for fairness and speed, by the manner and success with which she has pursued it thus far. [Ogdensburg Republican]

Monthly Report of the Board of Directors of the Welland Canal Co. May 15th, 1835 (2/3 column)

The Desjardins Canal Company and A.N. McNab. - court case ends in favor of McNab. [Guardian]

p.3 The American Sea-Serpent In Lake Ontario - Our office has been favored with a visit from Capt. Abijah Kellogg of the schooner Polythemus, of Sackett's, arrived this morning from Rochester. This gentleman has related to us such a tale of wonder, a tale so incredible, that we scruple some, as the Yankees say, in laying his narration before our readers, lest they might think it but the creation of our imagination.

Capt. Kellogg states; - Yesterday evening (June 15th) about seven o'clock, as he was making for Kingston harbor, the "Ducks" bearing N. by W. distant 2 miles, he saw something lying still on the weather bow, that looked like the mast of a vessel. Observing it more attentively, he was surprised and alarmed to see it in motion, and steering towards the schooner. Singing out to his hands to take care of themselves, he put the schooner up to the wind, lashed the helm a lee, and ran up the main rigging, waiting for the monster to approach. The serpent, for it was no other than an immense snake, neared the vessel fast, and passed immediately under the stern, taking no notice whatever of the schooner or those on board, but affording to everybody an ample opportunity to observe and note his monstrous dimensions. In length he was about 175 feet, of a dark blue color, spotted with brown; towards either end he tapered off, but about the middle, his body was of the circumference of a flour barrel; his head was peculiarly small, and could not well be distinguished but from the direction in which he moved. He swam with an undulatory movement, keeping best part of his body under water, but occasionally shewing his entire length. He was in sight full fifteen minutes, and when last seen, was making the best of his way down the St. Lawrence. On board the schooner were two young men, the vessel's crew, together with three passengers, who are all willing to be qualified to the truth of what has been here stated.

A few days ago, the steamers William IV and Sir James Kempt came accidentally into contact in Kingston harbor, and did each other's chops some mischief. The Chronicle calls this a "non-comeatable" accident; but for our part, we consider the term mis-applied, for it seems the boats were "comeatable" a little too much to suit the taste of their respective owners.



June 14th - The steamer Rideau, Bowen, with passengers.

June 15th - The steamer Enterprize, Richards, with goods and passengers.


June 13th - The steamer Thomas McKay, Chambers, with barge Trader in tow.

June 16th - The steamer Rideau, Bowen, with passengers.

The trade by this route is gradually improving; passengers living on the line of communication speak highly of the facilities afforded by the numerous steamboats constantly passing and re-passing, in travelling this section of the province in the summer season, which used to be almost totally impassable except in very dry weather. The boats, unless when towing, generally perform the distance between Kingston and Bytown in about 30 hours. It is expected shortly that arrangements will be made for the various steamboats leaving on stated days.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 15, 1835