The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 5, 1837

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p.3 The Rideau Canal - This navigation is at length open: the steamers Bytown, Cataraqui and Rideau have departed for Bytown, as will be seen on reference to our Ottawa & Rideau Company's report. We have before stated, that the concerns of this extensive Forwarding Company are henceforward to be managed by Messrs. McPherson & Crane, who having become partners, their own business has consequently merged into that of the Company. As the editor of this paper will have the exclusive access to the Shipping Books, the arrival and departure of all vessels, goods and merchandize consigned to the Company, will be diligently reported by him during the ensuing season, and the public may depend upon the accuracy of the Reports. In consequence of the junction of Messrs. McPherson & Crane with the O. & R. Company, nearly the whole of the Forwarding Business of the Upper Province will be transacted at Kingston.


Departures for Montreal.

April 25th - The barge Mary, flour, pork, beef, lard (consignees listed.)

April 26th - The barge Clara Fisher, pork, flour, ashes (consignees listed.)

April 27th - The barge Kingston, pork, flour, ashes (consignees listed.)

Departures for Bytown.

May 4th - The steamer Bytown, Bowen, flour, pork (consignees listed.)

May 4th - The steamer Cataraqui, Chambers, pork, flour (consignees listed.)

May 5th - The steamer Rideau, Drummond, having in tow the barge Noah (consignees listed.)

(* note that editor of Whig insists on spelling "Cobourg' as "Coburg!" - ed.)



The Splendid and Fast-Sailing Steamboat


Lieut. Harper, R.N.,


Propelled by two low pressure Engines of 50 horse power each, will, until further notice, leave the undermentioned ports as follows:-


Leaves Prescott, on Thursday evening.

Leaves Brockville, on Thursday night.

Leaves Kingston, on Friday morning at 9 o'clock A.M.

Leaves Coburg, on Friday evenings.

Leaves Port Hope, on Friday evenings.

Leaves Toronto, on Saturday at 2 o'clock afternoon.

Leaves Hamilton, on Sunday morning, at 9 o'clock, for Niagara.


Leaves Niagara, on Monday afternoon, at 4 o'clock.

Leaves Toronto, on Tuesday morning, at 9 o'clock.

Leaves Port Hope, on Tuesday afternoon, at 4 o'clock.

Leaves Coburg, on Tuesday evening, at 9 o'clock.

Leaves Kingston, on Wednesday morning, at 8 o'clock.

Leaves Brockville, on Wednesday afternoon, and arrives at

Prescott on Wednesday evening, in time for Passengers to take the Montreal Stages or Steamboats on Thursday morning.

No Luggage or Parcels taken charge of unless Booked and Paid for.

All Freight Payable on Delivery.

The Proprietors of this fine Boat have had her Boilers, during the Winter, materially altered and improved, at very great expense; they can confidently assert, that the travelling community will find the Cobourg not surpassed by any other on Lake Ontario for elegance, comfort, and speed. She will await the arrival of the Montreal Stages or Steamboats before leaving on her upward trip.

For Freight or Passage, apply to the Master or Purser on Board.

Kingston, May 1st, 1837.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 5, 1837