The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 27, 1835

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A Ride Through Prince Edward and Part of the Midland Districts - Part 2

description of geography, etc. (over 2 full columns)

(part) The harbor of Hallowell is bad. Steamboats can only come to within a third of a mile of the village; while it seems apparent, that a very trifling expense would enable them to come with perfect safety to the very bridge that separates Picton from its larger rival. The bottom of the bay, I am informed, is composed of mud, and might easily be cleared out, and by proper precautions, prevented from filling up....

Mr. George Baker & His Grant of 800 Acres - for acting as assistant surgeon on board one of the small armed vessels - Earl Moira, provincial sloop of war, between the first of July and 20th Nov., 1812.

p.3 This morning, a short time before sunrise, Mr. Garratt's distiller discovered a fire on the lake, and thought he distinguished two masts above the flames. Mr. Garratt was called up, but by that time nothing could be perceived but a large column of fire. Mr. Garratt thinks it was from 3 to 6 miles above, and a little to the left of Snake Island. Mr. Garratt and all his men are satisfied it was no fishing light; we therefore fear we shall hear of some melancholy accident.


Long Island Canal - It affords us much pleasure to find that this undertaking which was so much talked of last season is by no means abandoned. On the contrary, a large party is at present engaged in cutting the brushwood on the proposed route. The object of this canal, is to open a direct steam-boat navigation between the town of Kingston and Cape Vincent, in the state of New York. We understand that the people of Jefferson County, have offered to subscribe largely to accomplish this object. The steam-boat which is intended to ply on this route is already finished, and the engine is in progress at Mr. Yarker's Foundry. [ibid]



Oct. 24 - The steamer Bytown, Robins, with barge Clara Fisher in tow. 114 passengers (list of consignees.)


Oct. 24 - The steamer Margaret, Moorhouse.

Oct. 24 - The steamer Rideau, Bowen.

Accident - The steamer Thomas McKay, in going down on her last trip to Bytown, ran foul of a snag in the Rideau River, directly after leaving the locks at Merricksville, and sunk in four feet water. Every thing was got out of the boat, previous to sinking, and little damage was done. Ere this we have no doubt she has been got afloat and is resuming business.

The New Steam Boat


Capt. James Sinclair,

Will for the remainder of the season, perform her trips on the Bay and River, as follows:

Will leave Kingston for the Bay on Mondays & Thursdays, and return on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Will leave Kingston for Prescott, on Tuesday and Friday evenings, and return on Wednesday and Sunday mornings.

Kingston, 26th October, 1835.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 27, 1835