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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 12, 1835

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August 10 - The steamer Margaret, Moorhouse, with the lading of barge Noah on deck, and barge Trader in tow, 82 passengers. (consignees listed)

August 11 - The steamer Rideau, Bowen, with barge Iroquois in tow, 75 passengers. (consignees listed)


August 6 - The steamer Bytown, Robins.

August 8 - The barge Dolphin, per St. Lawrence, 500 brls. flour, Forsyth, Walker & Co., Montreal.

August 10 - The barge Trader, per St. Lawrence, with flour, ashes, tobacco (consignees)

August 11 - The steamer Margaret, Moorhouse, with barge Kingston & Bytown Packet, Naval Stores for Montreal.


The New Steam Boat


Capt. James Sinclair,

Propelled by two Low Pressure Engines,

Will, in connection with the Steam Boat Oswego, leave the different Ports on the Lake as follows:


Leaves Kingston Monday Mornings,

Oswego Monday and Thursday Evenings,

Cobourg and Port Hope Tuesday and Friday Mornings,

Toronto for Niagara Tuesday and Friday Evenings.


Leaves Niagara Wednesday and Saturday at Noon,

Port Hope and Cobourg, Wednesday and Saturday Evenings,

and arrives at Oswego on Thursday, where she meets the Steam Boat Oswego, and arrives at Kingston on Sunday, where she meets the Steam Boat Sir James Kempt, which Boats will leave immediately for Prescott and Ogdensburgh.

The Commodore Barrie is one of the best Sea Boats on the Lake, and commanded by one of the most experienced navigators.

Every attention will be paid to passengers. Also to property regularly shipped.

August 1st, 1835.

To the Editor of the British Whig.

Sir, - The Brockville Recorder of the 31st ult. favors the public with the account of a race between the Steamboats, Great Britain, Kingston and Brockville on the Tuesday previous; and the editor states from his own knowledge, as well as from information he says he received at Prescott and Brockville, that the steamboat Kingston, on starting, was one mile ahead of the Brockville, and that the Great Britain put out after the Brockville had gotten about a mile on her way, and that they arrived at Brockville in the following order, viz."the Brockville and Gt. Britain nearly abreast, the Brockville a little in advance, and a mile a head of the Kingston." Now, Mr. Editor, I am loathe flatly to contradict a public writer, but I cannot avoid saying, that the above account is as gross and a wilful a perversion of the truth, as ever fell from the lips or pen of man.

The Brockville on the stated day, stopped at Fraser's Wharf, the Gt. Britain at Norton's Wharf, and the Kingston removed to McPherson & Crane's Upper Wharf. The Brockville first started, and was abreast of the Gt. Britain, that is to say, abreast of Norton's Wharf, when the Kingston left McPherson & Crane's Upper Wharf; and while the Brockville was passing the last named wharf, the Gt. Britain cast off her moorings and followed her. Now as the distance between Norton's Wharf and that of McPherson & Crane's is somewhat less than a quarter of a mile, so much was the Kingston ahead of the Brockville, and so much was the Brockville ahead of the Gt. Britain, when the three boats left Prescott. On their arrival at Brockville, the Gt. Britain was foremost, about her own length ahead of the Brockville, and the Kingston nearly the same distance behind the Brockville. This is the exact truth and defies contradiction.

The Kingston it is true was beaten rather more than a quarter of a mile in a run of twelve miles, but the defeat was owing to anything but the superior speed of the Brockville; she was ill supplied with wood, and that of a bad quality, and the Engineer could never raise the steam above seven inches during the whole passage; while the Brockville had abundance of fuel and the best that could be procured.

To conclude; - I am no friend to steam-boat racing, and should not be pleased in being instrumental to the making of any match that might be attended with fatal accidents; but this I know, that the Brockville dare no more give notice to the Kingston, that she intends again to compete with her in speed, than she dare burst her own boiler.

Kingston, Aug. 6th, 1835. ONE WHO KNOWS.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 12, 1835