The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 20, 1837

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p.3 Nature in summer designed the beautiful bays, in and about Kingston Harbor, to be the site of charming Regattas, but ungrateful or neglectful man seems unwilling to take advantage of the blessings afforded him. Something like a better spirit is beginning to shew itself, which if properly nursed and cherished, may yet produce something like emulation among the youth of the town. A gentleman residing on Garden Island, (a small islet two miles from Kingston,) has betted a dozen of wine to row a skiff from Kingston round the island and back again, a distance of five miles against five gentlemen of the town, in a canoe, - four to row and one to paddle. Should not the five gentlemen back out, which is suspected by some, this rowing match will take place in the course of a few days. A rowing match, for a subscription prize, is talked of to take place above the bridge early in the month of June. This match will be under the patronage of the Point Frederick folks.

A correspondent at the flourishing village of Wellington, P.E. thus writes us: - "Wellington, May 15th, 1837. The shipping business at this place is now becoming quite extensive. On the 18th inst. Archibald McFaul, Esq. shipped on board the Commodore Barrie and the schooner Wellington, for Kingston, 1008 blls. flour, 20 blls. pork, 24 blls. fish, and a quantity of peas and other stuffs. This is only one of the many shipments taking place almost weekly. Capt. Herchmer, of the Commodore, has agreed to stop here twice a week, on his way to and from Toronto."

While we justly complain of the want of encouragement afforded to Emigrants settling amongst us, we are bound to notice in the spirit of praise which they deserve, the laudable exertions of individuals and companies to improve the town. Among the several works now far advanced towards completion, we with pleasure notice the extension of that excellent wharf generally known by the name of "Mitchell's Wharf," by our enterprising Townsman Mr. Richard Scobell, as well as the large stone buildings which are commenced by him on the rear of the wharf - a lease of which premises for 42 years he has obtained from John R. Forsythe, Esq. the proprietor. Mr. Scobell's establishment, when completed, will outrival any similar one for the general purposes of his extensive trade in the Provinces, or in the western part of the United States...

The Marine Railway, now fast approaching completion, has given Kingston a taste of the usefulness of such public improvements, and the after advantages to be derived from it will be beneficially felt and gratefully acknowledged by this community...[Chronicle]



May 19th - The steamboat Rideau, Drummond, with barge Perth in tow, 97 passengers (consignees listed.)

Departures for Montreal.

May 18th - The barge Emigrant (consignees listed.)

May 19th - The barge Mary (consignees listed.)

Departures for Bytown.

May 19th - The steamer Rideau, Drummond (consignees listed.)

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 20, 1837