The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 8, 1835

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p.2 Travels in Upper Canada No. XIV - Garden Island - talks of War of 1812 fleet in Navy Bay - a hotel and tower on the island with a good view of Kingston. "...The St. Lawrence, alone, a one hundred and twenty gun ship, cost between two and three hundred thousand pounds, and lamentable to state, it was lately sold for twenty-five. The wreck of this magnificent vessel, which was once the pride of Lake Ontario, is now converted into a wharf at a public brewery..." also mentions that the line of the canal across Long Island, which was projected about two years ago, is visible; Snake Island still has the remains of a blockhouse and casks filled with sand and gravel for a breastwork. (2 columns) [Montreal Gazette]

The Upper Lakes - The steamboat United Kingdom, which has been running on Lake Ontario, has been sold to Mr. Smith, of Youngstown, who has removed the machinery, and converted her into an elegant brig, and changed her name to that of Birmingham.

The steamboat Niagara, formerly commanded by Captain Mosher and running from Prescott to Niagara, has also been sold to some gentlemen of Youngstown, and converted into a sailing schooner. Both these vessels were formerly owned by gentlemen in Canada.

An elegant new steamboat has recently been launched at Niagara. She is owned by John Hamilton, Esq., of Queenston Park, and is intended to run between Toronto and Niagara, touching at Hamilton, etc.

A few years ago it was with much difficulty that a traveller could pass from Niagara to Toronto; - now there are two daily steam packets between those ports, owned by that enterprising individual, Hugh Richardson, Esq.




Sept. 5th - The steamer Thomas McKay, Chambers, in 28 hours from Bytown, wiith goods and 43 passengers, among whom were Vice Admiral the Rt. Hon. Sir G. Cockburn and Secretary.


Sept. 5th - The steamer Bytown, Robins.

Sept. 5th - The barge Emigrant, per St. Lawrence, with flour, ashes and Naval Stores for Montreal. (consignees listed)

reported that His Excellency, Sir John Colborne, is going to leave Toronto for Kingston on steamer Cobourg, Capt. Paynter, who has been charged with defrauding government - wouldn't look good for chief magistrate of that government to be travelling on a vessel under such a command.

It is astonishing to behold the airs that some small people give themselves. The master of the steam-boat William IV is a person of whom we absolutely know nothing, good, bad or indifferent; he is a man whose person we have never met with in company - whose name is not familiar to our ears, and of whom we have no present recollection of having mentioned or alluded to in this our British Whig, save and except in one solitary instance, and that a case wherein a correspondent made some comparison between him and the Captain of the St. George, relative to the running in of the William into the former vessel. With such a slender acquaintanceship, we were not a little surprised to hear that this Lonson Hilliard (that's the fellow's name we think,) took the impertinent liberty of speaking of us, and this our newspaper, in disrespectful and disparaging terms on the public wharf in this town, a few days ago. What his object could be is best known to himself. If it was to obtain our notice, he has partially succeeded, but if it was to impress us with an idea of his consequence, he has woefully missed his mark. The ci-devant master of a durham boat should know his place better, and aim at smaller game. The British Whig and its editor are above his puny reach.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 8, 1835