The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Jan. 20, 1836

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p.1 Stave Carrying Trade - Amongst the many enterprizes in agitation for the welfare of our Town, we deem that of forming a Joint Stock Company, to forward Staves to the Lower Province, one the most likely to afford a fair remuneration to the Stockholders, and to increase our commerce, enliven our harbour by the additional calls of vessels employed in the transport of that description of Lumber; and circulate from an unwanted source, a portion of "the needful" to nearly every line of business, either mercantile or mechanical. Its invigorating influence will not be confined to Kingston alone, but will create a demand in the surrounding country, for a description of Timber hitherto available in no profitable way to the farmer such as that required for floats, binders, pins, withs, etc. It may not be generally known to our readers that not less than from £20,000 to £30,000 of British money, has for many years back been paid annually by the manufacturers of Staves in Upper Canada, to forwarders on the American side, for that branch of Trade alone; yet such is the fact, and although many suggestions have been advanced, to hold this important trade on its legitimate side of the St. Lawrence, by capitalists at Brockville, Prescott and Gananoque, it seems to remain for Kingston till the ensuing spring to "put hand to the plough," and carry the plan into operation. The natural facilities at Kingston are superior to those of any other port on the lake at either side, from its being at the lower end of the lake, and beyond which it is not possible for schooners to descend, and from the prospect of the return freights that may be very frequently had from the Rideau and Ottawa Company. Indeed, it seems strange that the Rideau and Ottawa Company have not ere this discovered at least to share this business with the enterprising people on the Union side of the river. We understand a considerable portion of the stock required is already taken up, and that the subscription list lies at the Commercial Bank, with a view to obtaining further subscriptions; we wish it and every such enterprizes every success. [Chronicle]

p.2 River Trent - navigation desirable (over 2 full columns).

p.3 Inconsistency - On Saturday evening we were shown a petition to His Excellency, the Lt. Governor, having, for its object, the immediate erection of a lock at St. Anne's Rapids on the Ottawa River, in order that the Rideau Canal Navigation might be perfected all the way to Montreal. ln this petition, the Ottawa and Rideau Forwarding Company are stigmatised as a band of monopolizers, by reason of their refusal to allow barges, etc. to pass their private lock at Vaudreuil. Against the object of this petition we cannot say one word - a lock at St. Anne's being much needed - but we could not avoid a smile, at counting among the forty-nine signatures to this petition, the names of twenty gentlemen, who are stockholders in this stigmatised Company. "It is an ill bird that fouls its own nest."

For the British Whig:

A meeting of the Stockholders of the Kingston Stave Forwarding Company was held at the Court House, on Friday the 15th January, 1836, when John Counter, Esq. was called to the Chair, and Frances M. Hill acted as Secretary.

Mr. A. Cameron, on being called upon went into detail of the enquiries which he had made relative to the formation of the Company, on behalf of a number of Gentlemen in town; and several very satisfactory letters on the same subject were read by the Secretary, - after which -

1.- It was moved by Thomas Kirkpatrick, Esq. seconded by Wm. Wilson, Esq. That the undermentioned Gentlemen be appointed a Committee to manage the affairs of the Company for the ensuing season, with power to appoint a Secretary and Treasurer; to employ a suitable person to superintend the business, and to select the best situation for carrying it on viz:

Messrs. John Counter, George W. Yarker, A. Truax, John Ives, and Angus Cameron. - Carried. On motion of Mr. Marks, Capt. George Smith was added to the Committee.

2.- Moved by G.W. Yarker, Esq. seconded by J. Marks, Esq. - That an instalment of ten per centum be called in payable to the Treasurer on or before the 1st of March next; and that transferable scrips be then issued to the Stockholders. - Carried.

(signed) John Counter, Chairman

Francis M. Hill, Secretary

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Jan. 20, 1836