The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 12, 1837

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p.3 Rival Wharfingers, or the Biter Bit - wharfingers of Kingston have joined together to increase their rates.

We have had several arrivals from Montreal, both by the River and Canal, and as usual the Canal route has beat the River route very considerably. The barge Traveller would have been in Kingston several days ago, had not she been detained in unloading wheat at Bytown; as it was, she beat the barge Francis one day.

The steamboat Coburg, which left for Toronto this day, carries up with her the first load of Montreal Goods, to the amount nearly of 100 tons. This splendid steam packet is this season in most admirable order, and is said, by some judicious improvement in her boilers, to have increased her speed nearly two miles per hour. She has also changed Captains, being commanded at present by Lt. Harper, R.N. who has quitted the St. George to take charge of the Coburg. She therefore possesses the advantage of being commanded by one of the most experienced seamen on the lake, who in addition, blends with his seamanship, the manners of a perfect gentleman.

Opening of Navigation - Welland Canal will be open in a few days. [St. Catherines Journal]



May 10th - The steamer Bytown, Bowen, with barge Hope in tow.

May 11th - The barge Oswego (consignees listed.)

May 11th - The steamer Cataraqui, Chambers, with barges Traveller & Frances in tow, the former having delivered 2700 bushels of foreign wheat at McKay's Mills, Bytown, from Montreal.

May 12th - The schooner Union, Patterson, from Port Hope, with a full cargo.

May 12th - The schooner Wellington, Burns, from Wellington, 800 bbls. flour.

Departures for Montreal

May 4th.- The barge Constitution with flour (consignees listed.)

May 11th - The barge Hope, flour, ashes (consignees listed.)

May 12th - The barge Traveller, ashes, pork (consignees listed.)

May 12th - The barge Oswego, flour (consignees listed.)

May 12th - The barge Frances, flour (consignees listed.)

May 12th - The barge Mersey, flour (consignees listed.)

Departures For Bytown.

May 11th - The steamer Bytown, Bowen, pork, oats, sundries for Canal Villages.

May 12th - The steamer Cataraqui, Chambers, flour, pork, sundries for Canal Villages.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 12, 1837