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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 30, 1837

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Opening of the Desjardins Canal.

On Wednesday morning last, three steamboats, the Britannia, Darlington and Experiment, left this City for Dundas, having on board many citizens to witness the opening of the Desjardins Canal. Many hundreds of the citizens of Dundas and neighbourhood were in waiting at the Canal to witness the arrival of the Boats, and to celebrate the opening of a work which cannot fail to prove a great stimulus to the growth and future prosperity of that interesting village. In a few weeks we hope to see floating upon its bosom, the produce of the flourishing agricultural townships of Waterloo, Guelph, Nichol, Wilmot, the Huron Territory, etc.....

About 180 persons sat down to dinner at Mr. Bamberger's Hotel - the Ancaster Band attended; the citizens generally participated in the celebration, and altogether the affair went off admirably. The Britannia experienced some little difficulty in getting up the Canal; the other steamers found no trouble whatever. The Canal will admit vessels drawing no more than 8 feet water. [Cobourg Star]

Windsor Harbor - In the course of last winter's session of our Provincial Parliament a grant of £9000 was made to improve this Harbor and Commissioners were appointed to carry such improvement into effect. We have of late been often asked what progress has been made by the Commissioners towards the completion of the work - but we can obtain no information on the subject.

It is generally allowed that the Windsor Harbour when improved will be one of the best, if not the very best, on Lake Ontario - and the recent tremendous gales have drawn very general attention to the early finishing of this work, as of vast importance to the safety of the shipping on these waters.

The Commissioners would therefore confer a favor on a numerous portion of the maritime community by publishing some account of the progress which they have may have made in executing the important trust committed to their charges. [Chronicle]

p.3 We have to notice an increased facility in the transport of goods and merchandize from Montreal to Kingston, via the Rideau Canal. Formerly it was the custom for the Shannon Steamboat to tow the Ottawa & Rideau Company's barges from Montreal to Bytown, where the Canal Steamers met them, and by consequence of the latter's not being always in attendance, some time was lost. Now the Canal steamers take charge of the barges at Grenville, and bring them all the way to Kingston, without stopping longer at Bytown than is necesary to pass the eight locks. The three boats Bytown, Cataraqui, and Rideau, will hereafter be constantly employed in this way, and experience has already proved that they are able to do the voyage easily within the week. On Monday sen'night the Cataraqui, with the entire lading of one of the barges on deck, performed the distance in less than 48 hours; & again, this week, the same vessels, having a barge in tow all the way, was only three days & two nights, from Grenville to Kingston. The Bytown was equally speedy on the trip she made. When the steamers have each three or four barges in tow, they may be probably a day or so longer, for this detention they have time allowed. The steamer Margaret takes the place of the Rideau in the River business.





Captain Ballentine:

Will leave Kingston and Prescott, as follows:

From Kingston to Prescott,

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, at 9 o'clock, Forenoon; touching at French Creek and Brockville.

From Prescott to Kingston,

Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 7 o'clock, Morning; touching at Ogdensburgh, Maitland, Morristown, Brockville and French Creek.


O. & R.F. Co.

Kingston, August 30th, 1837.


Arrivals from Grenville and Bytown.

Aug. 27th - The steamer Bytown, Bowen, with barge Emigrant in tow, and the lading of the barge Frances on deck, 92 passengers (consignees listed.)

Aug. 28th - The steamer Cataraqui, Drummond, with barge Traveller in tow. 37 passengers (consignees listed.)

Departures for Grenville and Bytown.

Aug. 25 - The steamer Rideau, Hunter.

Aug. 28 - The steamer Bytown, Bowen.

Aug. 30 - The steamer Cataraqui, Drummond.

Departures for Montreal & Prescott.

Aug. 25 - The steamer Margaret, Ballentyne.

Aug. 28 - The steamer Margaret, Ballentyne.

Aug. 29 - The barge Emigrant (consignees listed.)

The Buffalo Star states the following shipwreck, on the authority of a gentleman just arrived from Chicago. We most sincerely trust the information may prove incorrect:

The North Carolina left Chicago on Sunday, July 31st, loaded with passengers for Buffalo. On the Tuesday evening following, our informant, who had seen the N.C. before she sailed,) left Chicago in the steam boat Bunker Hill, for the same destination. When the boat reached Mackinaw, the Captain was informed that the North Carolina had not reached the port, and it was feared she was wrecked, as the appearance of a wreck was discovered by a boat which had passed previously. Upon this information the Captain of the Bunker Hill went back forty miles where the wreck was discovered. A portion of the stern and sails only were above the water; and it is supposed that all on board have perished. The North Carolina had a large number of passengers amongst whom were ten or twelve ladies.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 30, 1837