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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 30, 1835

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p.2 Penetanguishene, June 7th - The Steam Boat Penetanguishene returned, this day, from her first trip to Sault Ste. Marie, Michilimackinac and St. Joseph's, on which island they left the first settlers.....She will commence her second trip next month to the above mentioned places, leaving Coldwater on Tuesday the 14th July. [Toronto Recorder]

p.3 On Sunday afternoon, a steamboat of a novel construction made its appearance in our harbor. She is called the Nonsuch and is intended to ply between Lachine and the Carillon Rapids, in such time and seasons, as by reason of the lowness of the waters, the Ottawa is not able to pass the Vaudreuil Rapids. The Nonsuch was built at Bytown for the Ottawa & Rideau Forwarding Co., her length is 111 feet with 31 feet beam, and her draught of water does not exceed two feet, 4 inches. She is supplied with two engines of 28 horse power each, which move an immense wheel fixed in the centre of the vessel, or rather between two vessels, joined together at the stem. Her speed is expected to equal eight miles per hour, but owing to the imperfections of the engines, and other obstructions incidental to a first voyage, she was three days in making the passage between Bytown and Kingston. Her accommodations consist of a large cabin on deck, and two small cabins below, one in each vessel: these not being finished, we cannot describe. She is steered by two rudders, and according to report, is very easily managed. She leaves Kingston some time today for Lachine, via the St. Lawrence.


Mr. Editor, - I today noticed an article in the Prescott paper, intended to contradict the statement you gave of the accident that happened to the St. George and William IV steam boats; and having received the full particulars from a gentleman who was on board the St. George at the time (no less a personage by the by, than the author of a communication relating to the qualifications of Captains of Steamers, that lately appeared in the Spectator over the signature of X.) I am able to assure you, and all interested in the welfare of the St. George, that the statement you then gave was strictly correct. Persons opposed to the success of Kingston and Kingston Boats, may endeavor to give a colouring to the matter, in order that the whole blame may be thrown upon the St. George, but that will not alter the facts. There may be some share of blame attributable to the St. George, but at the same time there certainly is a greater share to be attributed to the William IV and it is a duty to make the public aware of it. And here let me observe that I believe that had the article in the Prescott paper appeared under the head of "communications" it would have been in its proper place, as I doubt of its being the composition of the Editor. I may be mistaken, and if so, I think the owners of the William IV ought not to be a little grateful to an Editor, who takes up the cudgels so readily in the defence of their boats, and who may without travelling so far as Kingston, find enough subjects for his animadversions and wit.

On board which of the vessels may we expect to find the best discipline? I do not wish to make any unjust comparisons - all who know Captain Harper know that he obtained his experiences on board of vessels of a class far superior to either Lake Schooners or Durham Boats! I wonder why the writer in the Prescott paper did not endeavor to exculpate the William IV for running into the Sir James Kempt. Accidents occurring so frequently, I am surprised that the public have not sooner turned their attention to Steam-Boat Captains. No person can travel in security by water, unless the vessel be commanded by a man of experience. I have seen no reply to X's query respecting Aliens commanding British Vessels. Every loyal subject will acknowledge the impropriety and illegality of appointing foreigners to such situations - but we cannot wonder at its being winked at, while an instance can be found of a public office whose duty is to prevent breaches of the Custom laws, not only overlooking so great a breach, but positively sanctioning the appointment of an unqualified citizen of the United States, to the command of a British vessel in which the said officer is interested.


June 30th, 1835.



June 26 - The steamer Bytown, Robins, with barge Elegant in tow (consignees listed.)

June 28 - The new steamer Nonsuch, with barge Trader in tow (consignees listed.)

June 29 - The steamer Thomas McKay, Chambers, with goods and passengers.


June 27 - The steamer Bytown, Robins, with barge Francis in tow (consignees listed.)

June 29 - The steamer Thos. McKay, Chambers, with passengers, furniture, etc.

Lumber Wanted - for building a wharf in front of Market Square, by Edward Horsey.

June 27th, 1835.


Arrangements having been made by the above Company, notice is hereby given, that the following Steam Vessels will leave Kingston and Bytown on the days undermentioned, at day light.

From Kingston

On Tuesday, the Thos. McKay, Capt. Chambers.

On Thursday, the Rideau, Capt. Bowen.

On Saturday, the Bytown, Capt. Robins.

On Sunday, the Margaret, Capt. Morehouse.

From Bytown

On Sunday, the Rideau, Capt. Bowen.

On Wednesday, the Bytown, Capt. Robins.

On Thursday, the Margaret, Capt. Morehouse.

On Friday or Saturday, T. McKay, Capt. Chambers.

For freight or passage, apply to the respective Captains on Board, or to

G. Brush, Agent.

Kingston, June 29th, 1835.

The Steam Boat


Will, until further Notice, perform her trips up the Bay of Quinte on Tuedays and Fridays, and return on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Will leave Prescott for Kingston and the Bay on Monday and Thursday Evenings, after the arrival of the Boats from below.

Will leave Kingston for Prescott on Sunday and Wednesday Evenings.

Passengers for Montreal leaving Kingston by this Boat on Sunday Evening, may be sure of meeting the Montreal line at Prescott on Monday Morning, as the boat leaves expressly for that purpose at 5 P.M.

Kingston, June 27th, 1835.

Ottawa & Rideau Forwarding Company - schedule for their steamboats Rideau, Margaret, Thos. McKay and Bytown.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 30, 1835