The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 18, 1838

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p.1 Steam Boat Race - On Wednesday last, that noble vessel the Great Britain and the Sir Robert Peel steamer, started from this harbor, leaving the Mississagua Point within a minute of each other, and proceeded to Oswego, each vessel prepared to do her best. The race, as might have been expected, terminated in favor of the Great Britain; when she entered the harbor of Oswego the Sir Robert Peel was supposed to be at least six miles behind her. [Chronicle]

a mob looking for several persons on steamer Dolphin at Ogdensburgh didn't find them, but then refused to let steamer leave; Capt. Benney cut his vessel loose. [Prescott Sentinel]

p.3 Steam Boat Racing - An accident occurred on board the Sir Robert Peel on her passage from this port to that of Oswego on Wednesday last, in consequence of the temerity, or we may say the wickedness of running that vessel against the Great Britain. When the two vessels were near each other and within seven miles of Oswego, the Sir Robert Peel took fire, and the alarm on board being extreme, the Gt. Britain ran alongside and took off many of the passengers. The fire on board the Sir Rob't Peel being shortly afterwards put out, she got safely into harbour, and we hope has received such a lesson, as will teach the proprietors of both vessels not to suffer them to be raced, however great may be the provocations they receive.



May 13th - The steamer Cataraqui, Drummond, with barges Mary and Traveller and two Government batteaux. The same steamer brought up two other barges to Bytown, and two more to Perth. (consignees listed.)

May 15th - The steamer Margaret, Ballantyne, with the barges Perth, Jane and Constitution in tow.


May 13 - The steamer Bytown, Hunter, for Bytown and Grenville.

May 13 - The steamer Cataraqui, Drummond, for ditto.

May 15 - The steamer Margaret, Ballantyne, for ditto.

May 14 - The barge Traveller, Myers, for Montreal via the St. Lawrence (consignees listed.)

May 15 - The barge May, Couvrette, for Montreal via the St. Lawrence (consignees listed.)

May ? - The barge Constitution, for Montreal, via the St. Lawrence (consignees listed.)

May 16 - The barge Jane, for Montreal, via the St. Lawrence (consignees listed.)

The steamer Cataraqui, with several barges from Montreal, is hourly expected.

Just Arrived

May 18 - The steamer Cataraqui, Drummond, with five barges in tow.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 18, 1838