The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 27, 1836

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p.2 The Welland Canal Company announce that the canal will be kept open until closed by ice, except from lock No. 12 to 30, about one mile distance, where a transhipment must take place after the 1st November. Teams will be in readiness to carry any amount of property that distance. [Montreal Gazette]

Launch - On Wednesday the 28th ult. a handsome new Steam Boat was launched at Arnprior Mills near the mouth of the River Madawaska. The public are indebted to the spirited exertions of George Buchanan, of Arnprior, James Simpson, of Smith's Falls, and W. Mettleburger, of Quebec, Esqrs. for this additional aid to our trade on the Ottawa River, at whose expense this boat has been built. She is intended to ply on the Chats Lake, from the head of the Chats rapids to the Portage Dufort distance of 30 miles, and will be very useful for those engaged in the Lumber trade, in transporting their stores as well as in towing rafts. The heavy parts of the engine were on board when launched, and it is expected she will be ready for service in about a fortnight. This boat has been built and launched under the direction of Capt. Wm. Grant, whose knowledge in Steam boat building has been too well tested to require any encomium. She glided off her ways in grand style, amidst a great concourse of spectators whom the novelty of the scene had attracted to the spot, and when about to plunge into her destined element, J. Simpson, Esq. the only one of the proprietors on the spot, stepping forward with the usual ceremonials named her the George Buchanan, an appellation which appeared to give universal satisfaction, and a just compliment to the first person who projected the plan of steam navigation on this part of the river. We mentioned the dimensions of this boat when we noticed the laying of her keel, in a former paper. We have only to add, she sits well on the water and promises to perform her duty. [Bytown Gazette]

We learn from an American paper, that no less than eleven new steam boats are now building on Lake Erie, some of which are larger than any now up on the lakes. [Montreal Herald]

p.3 The Ottawa & Rideau Forwarding Company afforded last week an instance of the rapidity with which they forward goods entrusted to their charge. The barge Traveller, Myers, of 90 tons burthen, left Kingston on Thursday morning and arrived at Montreal on Friday afternoon, was discharged, loaded and sent off to Upper Canada the next day, and was in Kingston again on Tuesday.

Capt. Chambers of steamer Cataraqui saves man from drowning near Hartwell Locks.

Kingston and Oswego has now two British Steamboats running between them - the Canada and the Queenston, while the Bay of Quinte, a far more profitable route, is minus one of the daily boats, in consequence of the accident to the Kingston. Such are the fruits of senseless opposition.

The weather during the past week has been tempestuous in the extreme, blowing all the time, with trifling intermissions, a heavy gale from the westward. The several steamboats have behaved manfully, pursuing their trips in safety although necessarily thrown out of their regular day of sailing and touching at the different ports between Prescott and Niagara. We have as yet heard of no accident. Winter has come upon us with hasty and unlooked for strides.



Oct. 19th - The steamer Rideau, Drummond, with barge Kingston in tow (consignees listed.)

Oct. 19th - The steamer Margaret, Bruce.

Oct. 22nd - The steamer Bytown, Bowen, with barges Dolphin & Perth in tow (consignees listed.)

Oct. 24th - The steamer Cataraqui, with barge Traveller in tow.

Oct. 25th - The steamer Rideau, Drummond, with barges Mary & Constitution in tow. (Consignees next week.)


Oct. 17th - The steamer Cataraqui, Chambers, Bytown.

Oct. 19th - The barge Clara Fisher, Montreal.

Oct. 20th - The steamer Rideau, Drummond, Bytown.

Oct. 21st - The barge Trader, Montreal.

Oct. 21st - The barge Kingston, do.

Oct. 21st - The steamer Margaret, Bruce, Bytown.

Oct. 22nd - The steamer Bytown, Bowen, Bytown.

Oct. 24th - The steamer Cataraqui, Chambers, Bytown.

Oct. 24th - The barge Dolphin, Montreal.

Oct. 26th - The barge Traveller, do.

Lake Ontario.



The New and Rapid Steam Boat


(Propelled by two powerful Low Pressure Engines,)

N.H. Throop, Master.

Will run from the 15th of September until the close of navigation, once a week, between Rochester and Ogdensburgh, and once a week between Oswego and Ogdensburgh, as follows:

1st Trip Down.

Leaves Rochester every Wednesday evening,

Oswego Thursday morning,

Sacket's Harbor Thursday noon,

Kingston Thursday evening, touching at French Creek, Alexandria & Morristown, and arriving at Ogdensburgh Friday morning.

2nd Trip Down.

Leaves Oswego every Sunday morning,

Sacket's Harbor Sunday noon,

Kingston Sunday evening, touching at French Creek, Alexandria & Morristown, and arriving at Ogdensburgh Monday morning.

First Trip Up.

Leaves Ogdensburgh every Friday evening, touching at Morristown, Alexandria & French Creek.

Leaves Kingston Saturday morning,

Leaves Sacket's Harbor Saturday afternoon.

2nd Trip Up.

Leaves Ogdensburgh, every Monday evening, touching at Morristown, Alexandria & French Creek,

Leaves Kingston Tuesday Morning,

Leaves Sacket's Harbor Tuesday noon,

Leaves Oswego Tuesday evening, arriving at

Rochester, early Wednesday morning.

Refer To

E.B. Allen, Ogdensburgh,

J. Counter, Kingston, U.C.,

Henry Fitzhugh, Oswego,

John T. Trowbridge, Rochester,

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 27, 1836