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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 30, 1836

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p.2 The barge Quebec, we are credibly informed, sailed down the rapids of the river St. Lawrence, in good style, without meeting with the least difficulty. Her cargo is 700 barrels bulk; thus proving the possibility of one bottom carrying the trade from the Great Western locks to Montreal and Quebec. [Montreal Herald]

Welland Canal Office,

St. Catharines, 14th June, 1836.

To the Editors of the Commercial Advertiser.


It is with regret that we so frequently notice the impositions practices upon the editors of the New York papers, by some persons disposed to injure our property, as well as that of your own citizens. Last fall a notice was published in some of your papers, stating that the Welland Canal would be closed, by order of the board of directors, on the first day of November. No order of the kind existed - the canal was in good order, and remained open until closed by the ice - but that false notice produced the desired effect, and lost us the November trade. In your paper of the 9th June, I observed the following paragraph:-

"Welland Canal - It is reported that one of the locks of the Welland Canal has given way and a schooner has sunk in the ruins."

This game is certainly, to say the least, highly dishonorable - and I desire seriously to make the enquiry - Would not the company have legal redress in your courts of justice if special damages can be shown?

Will you have the goodness to inform me, either by letter or through the medium of your valuable paper, whence the information published by you was received. The canal is in good order and vessels passing daily. The safety of the route for merchandise and produce has been so successfully tested for the last two years, that any comment on that subject is unnecessary.

I am, Gentlemen,

Very respectfully yours,


President Welland Canal Co.

p.3 Commodore Barrie - takes electors up to Bath to vote, returned the 18 miles in 1 hour and 35 minutes.

Rideau Canal - From the account of a gentleman, who left the scene of the late accident on Monday, we learn, that ten days from that period was then mentioned, as the time required for the completion of the necessary repairs.

Ottawa & Rideau Company - From an advertisement in this day's paper, the public will learn, that a junction has been effected between the Ottawa & Rideau Forwarding Company and the Inland Forwarding Company of Prescott & Brockville. This union it is hoped will benefit Kingston, as it is expected very materially to increase the already extensive business of the Ottawa and Rideau Forwarding Co. Nothing now can impede its forwarding, and the public have the choice of two routes.



The Ottawa & Rideau Forwarding Company beg leave to notify their friends and the public generally, that they have united their line with that of the Canada Inland Forwarding and Insurance Company.

Although a decided preference has justly been given to the Rideau Line from the superior craft in which goods are forwarded as well as the certainty with regard to time and diminution of risk attending the transport, yet some objections have been raised to the Canals being closed earlier in the Fall than the River St. Lawrence, and to obviate these objections the Company intend this Union to keep a full supply of Boats on the St. Lawrence, not with a view of doing their business generally by that route, but to accommodate their Customers in the spring and fall, as well as to meet every possible contingency that might take place on the Canal and restore to the Company the fullest confidence of the public.

To facilitate the Transport of Goods for the Ports of Lakes Ontario and Erie, the Company have arranged for their transhipment at both the ports of Prescott and Kingston, but from its eligibility, intend the latter to be the principal place of transhipment, when the Rideau Canal is re-opened, and no advance on the present rate of freight will be demanded from their regular customers while the Rideau Canal is open in the fall. Their Stores at Prescott are those of the Canada Inland Forwarding Company, and Mr. W. Dickinson, their Agent, will continue to conduct the business there.

Goods forwarded by the Rideau Canal will not be insured unless ordered by the owners; those that may be forwarded via the St. Lawrence will be insured by the Company unless otherwise directed.

Mr. E. Hackett of the Canada Inland Forwarding and Insurance Company will at all times be ready to receive orders for this Company, to whom as well as the Company's Agents at Montreal and Kingston application may be made.

E. Cushing, Agent, Montreal.

W. Dickinson, Agent, Prescott.

G. Brush, Agent, Kingston.

June 25th.

The waters of Lake Ontario are now uncommonly high. The wharves in and about Kingston, which are usually between three and four feet above the water's edge are now almost on the same level, nay some of them are actually overflowed. In the memory of that singular nondescript, the oldest inhabitant, the like has never been remembered.

letter to Editor of British Whig about water levels in Bay of Quinte - said to rise every seven years.



June 22 - Barge Leeds, flour and pork (consignees listed.)

June 23 - The barge Toronto, flour and pork (consignees listed.)

June 23 - The barge Glasgow, flour (consignees listed.)

June 24 - The steamer Cataraqui, Chambers, for Prescott, with passengers and way freight, having barges in tow.

June 24 - The barge Carillon, ashes and flour (consignees listed.)

June 24 - The barge Trent, flour (consignees listed.)

June 25 - The barge Lanark, flour ( " )

June 25 - The barge Medway, flour ( " )

June 27 - The steamer Cataraqui, with way freight and barge in tow.

June 27 - The barge Rideau, flour (consignees listed.)

June 27 - The barge Harriet, flour and ashes (consignees listed.)

June 27 - The steamer Bytown, Bowen, for Burrett's Rapids, with passengers and way freight.

June 28 - The barge Experiment, flour (consignees listed.)

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 30, 1836