The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 9, 1836

Full Text

p.2 Steam Boat Racing - Last Friday a trial of speed took place between the United States and William IV. The William started from Prescott in the morning and met the United States 10 miles above Brockville, and run her from there to Brockville. The United States was on her return from the upper end of the lake, and was encumbered with a heavy load of passengers and freight, and had her cables, anchors and rigging all on board. Her antagonist was devested of all luggage having left every thing she could at Prescott; besides, she was well prepared for the contest. Notwithstanding all the advantage the William possessed, when the United States reached Brockville, the William was considerably in the rear. After the U. States had stopped at Brockville and Morristown, they run from there to this place. The start we understand was nearly even, but when they arrived opposite here, the United States had gained nearly a quarter of a mile. The William, we understand, yeilds the palm. [Ogdensburg Republican]

The Captain of the Traveller, one day last week, discovered, when some distance on his way to Rochester, that he had British deserters concealed on board his boat. He immediately gave orders for the boat to put back - on hearing which, his passengers began to threaten taking her out of his hands and proceeding to their place of destination. It appears he was not easily intimidated - for he immediately armed himself with a blunderbuss and a pair of pistols, took his stand at the wheel, and gave his crew orders to throw the first man overboard who attempted resistance to his commands. The mutineers it seems were quite satisfied with the Captain's arguments in favour of the determination he had come to, for afterwards they quietly suffered themselves to be taken "bock again" to Toronto.

Piracy on the Lakes - 30 ton schooner on St. Clair River is stealing cattle, pursued by steamer Gen. Gratiot, Captain Robinson.




Sept. 2nd - The steamer Bytown, Bowen, with barge Mary in tow, 148 passengers (consignees listed.) This boat arrived in Kingston on the 4th morning of her departure from Montreal, and goods by the same boat were delivered in Belleville on the evening of the same day.

Sept. 4th - The steamer Cataraqui, Chambers, with barges Iroquois and Clara Fisher, 217 passengers (consignees listed.)

Sept. 6th - The steamer Rideau, Drummond, with barge Jane in tow, 51 passengers (consignees listed.)

Sept. 9th - The steamboat Bytown, Bowen, with barges Dolphin and Perth in tow (consignees listed.)


Sept. 1 - The barge Francis with 37 tons of Naval Stores, flour (consignees listed.)

Sept. 5 - The barge Iroquois, for Montreal (consignees listed.)

Sept. 5 - The steamer Cataraqui, John Chambers with passengers and way freight for Bytown and the Canal Villages.

Sept. 7 - The barge Clara Fisher for Montreal (consignees listed.)

Sept. 8 - The steamer Rideau, Drummond, with way freight and passengers for Bytown and the Canal Villages.

Media Type:
Item Type:
Date of Original:
Sept. 9, 1836
Local identifier:
Language of Item:
Rick Neilson
Copyright Statement:
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
Maritime History of the Great Lakes
WWW address
Powered by / Alimenté par VITA Toolkit

My favourites lets you save items you like, tag them and group them into collections for your own personal use. Viewing "My favourites" will open in a new tab. Login here or start a My favourites account.

British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 9, 1836