The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 21, 1836

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Lake Ontario.

The Steam-boat


Lieut. Harper, R.N. Commander.

Propelled by a low pressure engine and Schooner-rigged, will for the remainder of the season leave Prescott for Hamilton and Niagara, as follows, viz.:-


Will leave Prescott for Niagara on Wednesday evening, after the arrival of the Steam Boat Dolphin, connected with the Montreal line of Steam Boats and Stages, touching at Brockville and French Creek.

Kingston, Thursday Morning.

Cobourg and Port Hope, Thursday evening.

Toronto, Friday Morning.

Hamilton, Friday afternoon and arrive at Niagara on the same evening.


Will leave Niagara, Sunday at 3 o'clock P.M.

Toronto, Monday at 9 o'clock A.M.

Port Hope and Cobourg, Monday evening.

Kingston, Tuesday morning, touching at French Creek and Brockville and arriving at Prescott the same day.

Passengers leaving Niagara on Sunday afternoon, will arrive in Montreal on Wednesday evening, passing through the Thousand Islands in the day time.

The St. George is beautifully fitted up with State-rooms in the Ladies' Cabin, and besides the power of Steam, has the advantage of Masts and Sails. Her accommodations are in no respect inferior to those of any other boat upon the Lake.

For freight or passage, apply at the Post Offices at Prescott and Brockville, or to D.J. Smith, Esq., John Counter Esq. and Mr. B. Phillips, Kingston; Mr. H.E. Nichols, Cobourg; Harbor Co., Port Hope; Mr. J. Brown and Mr. D. McDonell, Toronto; Mr. D.C. Gunn and Mr. A. Land, Hamilton; Dock Co., Niagara; Mr. W. Wynn & Mr. W. Duff, Queenston; or to the Captain on Board.

All Freight payable on delivery to Consignees. Parcels and Luggage at the risk of the owners, unless given to charge of the Purser and booked.

July 1st, 1836.

p.2 The Commodore Barrie - The excellent steamer having undergone very extensive and important improvements, is performing her regular trips on the Lake. Her enterprising proprietors, we are happy to learn, have not been disappointed in the very material alterations which they, at very considerable expense, have made in this boat. As they anticipated, her speed is much increased, and she is now among the swiftest boats on the Lake.

The Commodore Barrie plies between Kingston and Toronto, touching at the intermediate places, including Port Windsor, and performs her trips generally in 18 hours.

To mention the handsome accommodations of this boat would be quite superfluous; nor can it be necessary to dwell for a moment upon the good qualities of Capain Patterson, whose merits must be readily appreciated by every person who may travel on this boat and enjoy his kind attentions, or who, in the way of business, may experience his punctuality, promptness and despatch. [Chronicle & Gazette]

p.3 The Rideau Canal - The Bytown arrived on Tuesday night, from Burritt's Rapids, and Capt. Bowen informs us that the repairs of the Canal are at length perfected; but in consequence of the length of the level and the partial failure of the water, a day or two will yet elapse before steamboats will be able to proceed to Bytown. Barges were to pass the locks this morning, and be taken in tow by the Cataraqui, at Burritt's Rapids. Many of the laborers employed came up to Kingston in the Bytown.

An investigation took place on Monday last, on board "a certain steamer," into the charges alleged against the captain, which charges we are happy to say were fully refuted by the accused, who was consequently honorably acquitted by the Committee.

The Steam boat Northumberland, we were informed, continues to ply on the Rice Lake to Peterboro' alternately. She has been thoroughly repaired since the accident which sunk her at Peterborough, and performed her trips successfully up and down the rapids, heavily laden during the late election. - This Boat it will be recollected is built on the Burden principle, and draws very little water. Persons desirous of seeing the beauties of the back country, or settling in the Splendid Townships north of the Rice Lake, need be under no apprehension now, as to the want of proper conveyance to the rear part of the District. [Coburg Star]



July 13 - The barge Leeds, Montreal (consignees listed.)

July 13 - The barge Mersey, Montreal (consignees listed.)

July 14 - The steamer Bytown, Bowen, Burrett's Rapids, R.C. with passengers and merchandise.

July 14 - The steamer Cataraqui, Chambers, Prescott, with barges Carillon and Rideau in tow (consignees listed.)

July 15 - The barge Thames, Montreal (consignees listed.)

July 19 - The steamer Bytown, Bowen, from Burritt's Rapids, with merchandise, labourers, etc. from the site of the late accident.

July 20 - The barge Ontario, consignee, Star & Chambers, Smith's Falls.


July 13 - The barge Leeds, Montreal, flour, ashes (consignees listed.)

July 15 - The steamer Bytown, to Burritt's Rapids, with passengers and way freight for the Canal villages.

July 15 - The barge Rideau, Montreal, flour (consignees listed.)

July 15 - The barge Carillon, Montreal, ashes and flour (consignees listed.)

July 15 - The steamer Cataraqui, Chambers, for Bytown, with passengers & way freight.

July 19 - The barge Thames, for Montreal, flour (consignees listed.)

July 20 - The steamer Bytown, Bowen, for Bytown, with passengers and way freight.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 21, 1836