The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 26, 1837

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p.1 We are happy to announce to the travelling community that the Steamer Dolphin left this for the head of the Long Sault this morning on her first trip for the season. She will ply daily on the same route throughout the summer. [Montreal Courier]

The Welland Canal - annual general meeting held at St. Catharines; Hamilton Merritt is no longer president. [N. Telegraph]

p.2 Hallowell - It will be remembered that Mr. Bochus's wharf last summer, consisted of a long but narrow strip, which ran nearly parallel to the shore, it was connected with the old storehouse, by a sort of bridge, and was not passable for carts. Since last season, however, Mr. Bockus has erected a commodious Storehouse sixty feet long, 40 feet broad, and three and a half stories high, based partly on the solid rock, which has been cut away for the purpose, and partly the new wharf, and has enlarged the old wharf until it is now 106 feet long, and 65 feet broad. At the time we write he is engaged in covering the whole extent with new planks, and in a few days, the wharf will be completed so that carts can drive on it, and come up close to the Steamboats. This is a very great public improvement, and we trust that Mr. Bockus will reap the fruits of his enterprise.

Passing over to the third ward on the opposite side of the Bay, we have to notice a new wharf (alluded to by our correspondent Vindex) which is 235 feet in length, and 24 feet in breadth at the end, commencing on the land of the Rev. W. Macaulay, and stretching out into the Bay, until it reaches a spot nearly opposite Mr. Bockus's wharf. This wharf is easy of access, for a steamboat lying at Mr. Bockus's wharf has only to take a few turns back, and then to steer right across the Bay, making for a post which has been planted in the water, opposite Mr. Bockus's wharf. When within 20 or 30 feet of this post, she turns her head towards the new wharf, keeping the post just mentioned, and two others (which are on the same line) all on her larboard bow. She lies outside of the wharf, with her bow pointing towards the Store House, and will there find six feet six inches of water in the whole of the channel we have described. When she leaves the wharf, she backs straight down the bay until opposite Mr. Bockus's wharf, then backs across the Bay, turns round and steers straight out; and if on entering the Bay, the steamboat wishes to come to this wharf first, then upon passing Spencer's wharf, she steers straight up the Bay, with her head to the wharf. From the wharf a street leads directly into the center of the third ward of the town of Picton, coming out close by the Court House, and another street is now being made along the edge of the water, to Hallowell Bridge. [Traveller]

p.3 The Kingston Stave Company - This company is in successful operation, no less than five schooners having already arrived, laden with staves for transhipment at Garden Island. The Company has engagements to the amount of 700,000 staves.

Rideau Canal - By the latest intelligence from the Line of the Canal, we learn that every exertion is making to open the navigation next week. The ice is nearly gone, and as soon as some alteration in the mode of opening the locks is perfected, the Canal will be ready. The Company's steam boats are in good order, and ready to start on the first opportunity.

a letter signed A Forwarder (same as on April 23rd)


To secure the efficient management of their business, have entered into arrangements with Messrs. Macpherson and Crane, by whom it will hereafter be conducted. Mr. Macpherson will assume the direction of the operations here, and Mr. Crane at Kingston.

Ottawa and Rideau Forwarding Co.

by John Frothingham, President.

The Undersigned have made further arrangements with the Ottawa and Rideau Forwarding Company than those first entered into, in consequence of which they will assume the management of all its operations in conjunction with their own.

Intending still to continue their business on the St. Lawrence as heretofore, they will have it in their power to afford to the public a choice of routes, and will always be punctual in attending to instructions which may give a preference to either.


Montreal, April 18th, 1837.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 26, 1837