The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 4, 1836

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p.1 It is somewhat singular, that the Custom House Officers on the other side of the lake cannot exercise the same civility in their avocations, as those in Canada. On board the Great Britain, while at Oswego, every trunk was rudely searched, and every package examined - not with that urbanity to be expected from so civilized a people as the Americans, but with a severity approaching in its character to the ruffianism, occasionally exhibited in Austria and Russia. On this side of the lake, the treatment strangers experience from our officials is strikingly different. An American gentleman in noticing to us the above, was pleased to say, "that in Upper Canada, the Port Collectors were taken from the ranks of gentlemen; while in the United States, they were too often selected from among the hired tools of a corrupt administration. In that case the old adage becomes verified, "There is no making a velvet purse out of a sow's ear."

The utility of Mr. McIntyre's newly invented Railway for hauling up vessels, has been lately tested, and with success; a large Durham Boat, with the assistance of three men and a small capstan, was hauled on Tuesday sen'night in a very short time, and on arriving at the centre piece, was brought on a level for the necessary repairs to be effected. There is no question but a vast deal of ingenuity has been exercised in the novel part of this Railway, and so highly is it approved of, that several influential gentlemen from Oswego have intimated to Mr. McIntyre the desire, that he should take out a like patent in the State of New York. In Oswego, particularly, the benefit arising from having schooners and other vessels hauled up on land during the winter, safe from all danger by ice would be immense. We understand, that in order to encourage owners of vessels to have their craft frequently inspected, Mr. McIntyre has determined to make the charge as small as possible.

The Steamboat Canada - The arrangements hinted at in our last respecting the canada, have been completed, and this safe and commodious sailing steam packet will in a few days take her place as a regular packet between Oswego & Kingston, touching at Bath, both going and coming. The boat will be under the management of Messrs. Truax & Phillips in Kingston, and Messrs. Trowbridge & Griant at Oswego. She will make one daily trip between the two ports. The Canada is not a new vessel, but is in excellent condition; she is built on the English model, schooner rigged, without top hamper; carrying her engine between decks, and is altogether a first rate vessel of her class. Capt. N. Johnston, late of the Wm. Avery, takes the command.

mistakes in Welland Canal report for 1835 - they forgot to mention the number of vessels downwards through the canal for Kingston.


Sailed - April 27 - Barges Mary and Trader, via the St. Lawrence 1500 bbls. Flour shipped by J.G. McDonald, Gananoque, to Quebec.

May 4th - Barge Iroquois, via the St. Lawrence, pork and barley (consignees listed.)

The Bytown, Capt. Bowen, leaves Kingston for Bytown, on Friday morning.


The Splendid and Fast Sailing

Steam Boat


Wm. Colcleugh, Master.

Propelled by Low Pressure Engines of Fifty Horse Power Each.

Will, until further notice, leave the undermentioned Ports as follows:-


Prescott, on Thursday evenings.

Brockville, on Thursday nights.

Kingston, Fridays, at 9 o'clock, A.M.

Cobourg, Friday evenings.

Port Hope, Friday nights.

Toronto, Saturdays, at 2 o'clock, P.M. for Hamilton.

Hamilton, Sunday mornings, at 9 o'clock, for Niagara.


Niagara, on Monday afternoons, at 4 o'clock.

Toronto, Tuesday mornings, at 10 o'clock.

Port Hope, Tuesday afternoons, at 5 o'clock.

Cobourg, Tuesday afternoons at 6 o'clock.

Kingston, Wednesday mornings, at 8 o'clock.

Brockville, Wednesday afternoons, and arrive at Prescott on Wednesday nights, in time for Passengers to take the Montreal Stages or Steam Boats on Thursday morning.

No Luggage or Parcels taken charge of unless booked and paid for.

The Proprietors of this fine Boat have had her boilers, during the winter, materially altered and improved, at very great expense; they can confidently assert, that the travelling community will find the Cobourg not surpassed by any other on Lake Ontario for elegance, comfort, and speed. She will await the arrival of the Montreal stages or steam-boats, before leaving on her upward trip, and be punctual to the hour of leaving.

For Freight or Passage apply to the Master or Purser on Board.

St. Boat Cobourg Office, Toronto, April 25th, 1836.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 4, 1836