The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 29, 1837

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p.2 Barriefield Regatta - We are happy to learn, that preparations are making to commence, in the vicinity of Kingston, a species of aquatic amusement almost unknown on the American Continent. The inhabitants of Barriefield, Points Henry & Frederick intend to offer a handsome new wherry, (to be built by Mr. James Knapp,) value $25, as a prize to be rowed for on the first Monday in July, by skiffs, pulled by one man, with a pair of skulls (anglice, small oars.) The race course will be the Grand Cataraqui, from Green Point to Ludlow's Point and back, in two or more heats. The prize will be open to competitors from all quarters, by the candidates duly entering their names with the Stewards, who are expected to be Messrs. Gurley & John Strachan, with J.B. Marks, Esq. as Umpire. This will probably be the first Regatta in Upper Canada, and may possibly excite the emulation of the gentry of other towns, to encourage their formation, as a means of establishing British amusements in a British Colony.

We are sorry to learn that the fine and new schooner Montreal was stranded a few days ago, on a shoal half way between Kingston and Prescott, with 200 bbls. Potashes in her hold, all which are damaged. We have not yet heard of her having got off. Were Kingston the universal place of transhipment for Montreal, as nature in fact designed it to be, how many schooner shipwrecks would be avoided and how much valuable property would be saved. The chief dangers of the navigation between the head of the Lake & Prescott, lie in the continual shoals in the St. Lawrence; and yet in spite of the many disasters annually occurring thereon, the infatuation of man still tempts him to encounter their perils instead of desisting as prudence would naturally enjoin him. No schooner or other vessel, (except steamboats) drawing more than four feet water, should be permitted to go below Kingston, if laden with valuable commodities, but should be compelled to discharge its cargo here, to be transhipped to Montreal in decked barges in tow of steamboats. If men will recklessly run into danger, and life and property become thereby in jeopardy, they should be prevented by the interference of the law.

p.3 The Welland Canal is not yet opened. The ice at Port Colborne on Lake Erie is the obstruction. It holds fast and we do not hear that it is likely to give way. The harbor of Buffalo is open and steamers passing up and down the lake regularly. Thus has another prophecy of that humbug Merritt, that the Welland would always be two or three weeks open before Buffalo harbor, been falsified. [Constitution]


In Possession of the Subscriber, a stout, well built Sailing Boat, with 2 Masts, Sails and Oars, and painted red on the inside.

The above boat was found driven on shore, in Kingston Harbour, on Monday, May 15th inst., and is supposed to have been blown off the Lake.

The owner can obtain the Boat by proving property and paying expenses.


Barriefield, May 26th, 1837.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 29, 1837