The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 23, 1836

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p.2 On Monday last, the 13th inst. the Steamboat Brockville touched at Mr. Macaulay's wharf in Picton on her downward trip. On leaving, she had on board about 500 barrels of Flour, part of which was taken in during her stay at Picton.

This is the first time that any steamboat has taken in freight at any point farther up the Bay than Mr. Bockus's wharf, nor need it be the last, for we understand that this fine vessel met with no obstruction whatever; she stirred up the mud a little to be sure, but after doing so a few times, we apprehend she would herself clear the way sufficiently for her future passage with ease and convenience. [Hallowell Traveller]

Canal Breach - We regret to learn that the By-wash on Long Island, on the Rideau Canal, had given way, owing to the great weight of water in the Rideau. The Engineers are using every exertion to repair the damage; but it is said to be of such an extent, that the navigation by this route will be obstructed for some time. The Steamer Margaret left Bytown on the 8th, the day the accident occurred, with two barges and a number of passengers was obliged to return; and several emigrants who came this far on their way to Kingston, by this route, have been under the necessity of descending the Ottawa to go by the St. Lawrence. [Bytown Gazette]

Since the failure of a portion of the Rideau Canal, the Neptune Steam-Boat has landed on our wharfs some 4 or 5 hundred passengers daily....(emigrants) [Cornwall Observer]

The steam boat Sir James Kempt, on Friday last, brought up a few English laborers, all of whom speedily found employment...... [Hallowell Traveller]

p.3 The new Canal Steamer Cataraqui, Capt. James Chambers, made a trial trip to Prescott yesterday morning. This vessel is sister to the Bytown.

The Steamboat Commodore Barrie left this Port for the head of the Lake, on Tuesday last, for the first time since the alterations and improvements in the formation of her boilers. She is in most excellent condition, and is said to sail uncommonly fast. She is under the command of Capt. Patterson, formerly of the schooner Union. Our statement, that this noble vessel had been sold to the Rochester folks was incorrect, a negotiation to effect a sale was then in existence and failed.

The Rideau Canal - From advices received from the scene of the late accident, so late as Monday last, we learn that the most energetic exertions are being adopted to repair the broken By-wash. Capt. Bolton, and severa other officers of the Engineer Department are on the spot, attended by a body of tradesmen and laborers, and one week only from the date of our letter, was mentioned as the time required to make good the damage. We also learn, that in order to prevent a similar occurrence, a new Bywash, on the opposite side of the river, will be immediately commenced, and completed this summer. This Bywash will pass behind the Lock Master's Cottage, on the hill by the locks, and by means of a cut, communicate with the Rideau, opposite where the Jock empties into that river.

The Ottawa & Rideau Company have made arrangements, and are now receiving Goods from Montreal, via the St. Lawrence. Several barges have arrived, and more are daily expected.



June 18 - The steamboat Bytown, Bowen, from Burritt's Rapids.

June 20 - The barges Leeds & Toronto, from Montreal, via the St. Lawrence (consignees listed.)

June 22 - Barge Glasgow via St. Lawrence (consignees listed.)

June 24 - Barge Carillon via St. Lawrence (consignees listed.)

June 24 - Barge Trent via St. Lawrence (consignee listed.)


June 22 - Steamer Bytown for Burritt's Rapids with sundry way freight and passengers.

June 24 - Barge Leeds (consignees listed.)

June 24 - Barge Toronto (consignees listed.)

June 23 - Barge Glasgow (consignees listed.)

June 24 - Steamer Cataraqui for Prescott (consignees listed.)


THE OTTAWA and RIDEAU FORWARDING COMPANY beg leave to notify their friends and the public, that they have made such arrangements as will enable them to continue their business to and from Kingston by the St. Lawrence, until the repairs on the Rideau Canal are completed. They further beg leave to inform their Customers, that they have made these arrangements to prevent any disappointment, and that all Consignments of Goods from England will be particularly attended to - as it is customary to insure Goods by this route, they will do so in the same manner as other Forwarders, unless advised to the contrary.


Montreal, June 21st, 1836.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 23, 1836