The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 17, 1836

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p.1 Steamboat on Grand River - We have learned with much pleasure, that the steam boat Indian Chief, Capt. W. Murray, arrived at the Mohawk village, (two miles below Brantford) from Dunnville, on the 22nd inst., being the first large craft that has passed through the whole extent of the Grand River Navigation Company's improvements on the noble stream. The people of Brantford were much elated, as well they might be, at this arrival, and turned out in "companies, half companies, pairs and singly, " on foot, on horseback, and in carriages, from one of which "the British colors waved in gracefulness and triumph;" to witness the novel spectacle of a steamboat 93 feet long by 27 feet wide, floating upon the interior waters of Grand river. She is expected to commence her regular trips between Brantford and Dunnville, in about ten days; and it is said that another steam boat will soon commence plying between Dunnville and Buffalo - thus forming an expeditious communication, by steam, from Brantford, and all the intermediate places on the river, to the United States, and vice versa.

There will also be an uninterrupted navigation for barges capable of transporting 1000 barrels of flour, from the vicinity of Brantford to Port Dalhousie, on Lake Ontario. The extent of the beneficial results of these improvements, it is impossible for the most sanguine to foretell. [St. Catherines Journal]

waters in Bay of Hallowell are rising, over top of part of Mr. Bockus' wharf; some people believe the water rises, then falls in 7 year cycles. [Hallowell Traveller]

Notice of postponement of Sale of Naval Stores at Dock Yard until July 7th because of elections.

Wanted - a cook and a waiter, for a steamboat. Apply at wharf of the Ottawa & Rideau Forwarding Co. GEO BRUSH, Agent. Kingston, June 9th, 1836.

p.3 Rideau Canal - In consequence of the heavy freshets of the past month, the water in the long level of the Rideau River became extremely high, and on Wednesday sen'night, one of the stone waste weirs at Long Island Rapids gave way, and the consequence has been a temporary stoppage of the navigation. The distance from Bytown to this station is 14 miles. Immediate steps have been taken by Capt. Bolton, the Superintendant of the Canal, to repair the waste weir, and from a letter we have seen addressed to the Company's Kingston Agent, Capt. Bolton is said to have estimated the time of making good the damage at fourteen days from its occurrence....

Schooner Sunk - During the night of Tuesday last, the Great Britain in her passage up to Kingston, had the mishap to run foul of the schooner Margaret Miller, of Hillier, fully loaded with wheat, off Oak Point, and sunk her - Crew saved. How the sad accident occurred we have not learned, but from the well-known vigilance of Capt. Whitney, we cannot help suspecting it to be unavoidable. The schooner is sunk in such a situation, as to afford some hope of saving her, if not her cargo. The owner, Mr. D. Miller proceeded to Montreal to purchase, but a few hours previous to the sad catastrophe.

We are happy to learn that the Steamboat disaster on Lake Erie was less serious than was reported. The William Penn has already resumed her trips, and the United States has got off, returned to Buffalo, and will soon be repaired.



June 9th - The steamer Bytown, Bowen, with barges Jane, Constitution and Emigrant. 93 passengers (consignees listed.)

June 12th - The steamer Bytown, Bowen, from Burritt's Rapids with passengers and way freight.


June 10th - The steamer Bytown, with sundry way freight and passengers.

The barge Jane, via St. Lawrence (consignees listed.)

June 11th - The barge Constitution, via St. Lawrence (consignees listed.)

- The barge Emigrant, via St. Lawrence ( " " )

THE OTTAWA AND RIDEAU FORWARDING COMPANY, hereby notify their numerous customers, that they are compelled to suspend their operations, for a short time, in consequence of the Bywash at Long Island giving way. They regret exceedingly that such an unfortunate accident should have taken place, more particularly at this busy season, creating a great disappointment to the public, in the detention that it may cause in forwarding goods. They are in hopes that, in the course of two weeks, they will be ready to resume their operations of which due notice will be given.

E. CUSHING, Agent.

Montreal, June 11th.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 17, 1836