The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 13, 1838

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p.2 Lt. Elmsley R.N. cruising on Lake Erie, looking for pirates, schooner Erie and Ontario mentioned. [Niagara Reporter]

schooner Erie & Ontario arrived at Kingston, Capt. Clarke reports capture of some sympathizers. [Chronicle]

p.3 The British Government has purchased another steamer, the General Proctor of Buffalo, to be armed and manned, under the command of Lieut. Duffil. R.N. and stationed on Lake Erie.

We request the attention of the reader to the advertisement of the two steamboats, Kingston and Brockville, contained in this impression of the British Whig. For a long time it has been a desideratum to procure an entire passage from this town to the head of the Longue Sault, and some years ago it was attempted to form a line by the Kingston, but owing to incomplete arrangements the plan fell through. But last season when the Hon. J. Hamilton resolved to make Kingston the foot of Lake navigation and by either owning or chartering the whole of the British Lake Boats, (save two,) had the option "to do what he liked with his own," it became imperative to make such arrangements, as would render Kingston wholly independent of Prescott and its steamboat Dolphin, and thereby complete the route from Toronto to Montreal, as far as steamboat navigation permitted. Consequently, the fast sailing steamers Kingston and Brockville were engaged this season to go from Kingston to the head of the Sault, one boat going down, and the other vessel coming up; but in consequence of some repairs being necessary to the Brockville, it was nearly the end of June before the two boats were able to form the line. And when it was formed, an unlooked for opposition, on the part of the Stage Proprietors between the Longue Sault and Montreal was made manifest. These gentry, although professing to care greatly about the public accommodation, soon discovered that self was the predominant principle of their conduct. Notwithstanding the agent of the Kingston Boats had a wharf on the St. Lawrence, one mile nearer Cornwall than the one used by the opposition boat, the Dolphin, yet the Stage Proprietors insisted upon driving the passengers past that wharf to their own, malgre the remonstrance and entreaties of the passengers, who knowing the advantage of getting on board the Kingston Line, were unwilling to take passage in the Dolphin, thereby incurring the probability of being towed up the Rapids by Oxen, owing to the well-known incapacity of the Dolphin to stem the current, but also incurring the certainty of being obliged to take, at Prescott, the very boat passed at the head of the Sault, there being no other conveyance to Kingston or the head of the Lake, except on certain days of the week, when the William 4th and one or two Yankee boats leave on their weekly peregrination round the Lake.

When the ill effects of this coalition between the stage proprietors and the owners of the Dolphin became apparent, J. Counter, Esq. one of the charter party of the Brockville, left Kingston for Montreal to counteract the intrigues, and to a partial degree succeeded, leaving the Press to do its duty, and by making public the circumstances, render nugatory the efforts of the intriguers. And now to do that duty.

Passengers taking the boats of the Kingston Line, either up or down, will save much time, anxiety, trouble and expense. Going down, they will leave Kingston every morning, passing Prescott without landing, and consequently without incurring the detention of a day and its consequent expense, will arrive at the head of the Longue Sault in time for the Cornwall stages. This is done within the period of daylight, thereby a full view of the beauties of the St. Lawrence and its thousand islets is obtained. Whereas by taking any of the Yankee boats or even the Wm. IV, a detention of some hours is certainly incurred, and also a probability of arriving too late at Prescott to be shifted into the Dolphin, which when proving the case a day is lost. Coming up, by taking the Kingston Line, which leaves the wharf at the Sault as soon as the stages arrive, no shifting into Lake boats at Prescott takes place, but the passengers are brought the whole length to Kingston, where excellent steam vessels to all parts of the Lake leave every evening. And this is done at two thirds the expense of taking passage in the Dolphin, and then shifting into some Yankee boat at Prescott.

But, allowing the charges of the route to be the same, the difference between the accommodation on board is awfully alarming. Those of the Brockville, built expressly for the route, are as good as any of the Lake Boats, and those of the Kingston are inferior only to those of the Brockville; whereas the Dolphin from its size, is wholly precluded from affording any comfort to those on board. There is another consideration, but those who travel are generally too much self interested to care much about it. The Dolphin is a Yankee boat, built and owned in Ogdensburgh, and although chartered by the Messrs. Jones, of Brockville, is as much a Yankee boat as the Oswego and Oneida. While the Yankees are striving to foment war and bloodshed in this province, one would think it not perfectly correct, that the great travel of the Upper Canada Merchants should go to enrich Yankees. But, as we said before, this point does not avail much, for loyalty is a thing to be talked of on this side the Atlantic, and not practised, except when any thing is to be got by it.

We have thus laid the merits of the case fully before the public, and if the good people to and from Montreal chose to go and be gulled by the Dolphin and its interested supporters, why let 'em - that's their business; but if like honest folks who wish to save their money and their time, and study their own comfort, they will make a point of travelling by the Kingston Line. We shall have no occasion to mention this matter next year, for long before that time, the advantages of the one line above the other will be known to every merchant in the land.



THE PUBLIC are respectfully informed that a DAILY LINE of STEAM BOATS between Kingston and the head of the Long Sault Rapids has been established, and will ply as follows, calling at the intermediate ports, viz.:


The splendid and fast sailing Steam Boat BROCKVILLE, Captain Brush, will leave Kingston every Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 7 o'clock, and arrive at the Head of the Long Sault same evenings.


Will leave the Head of the Long Sault every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings, immediately after the arrival of the Montreal Stages.


The fast sailing Steam Boat Kingston, Captain Lawless, will leave Kingston every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings at 7 o'clock, and arrive at the Head of the Long Sault same evenings.


Will leave the Head of the Long Sault every Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, immediately after the arrival of the Montreal Stages.


A daily line of Lake Steam Boats leaves Kingston in connection with the above Boats, viz.:

The GREAT BRITAIN leaves every Wednesday and Saturday mornings for Lewiston, calling at Oswego and Niagara, and arrives at Lewiston early on the following morning, in time for Travellers to take the Rail Road Cars and Stages for Niagara Falls and Buffalo. Passengers leaving Montreal on Mondays and Thursdays, and taking the Brockville on Tuesday, and the Kingston on Friday at the Long Sault, will arrive in time to take the Great Britain on Wednesday and Saturday mornings; and persons moving to the West will find this boat the most expeditious and comfortable conveyance for Deck Passengers, Horses and Waggons; being extensive and convenient. Passengers leaving Lewiston and Niagara on Mondays and Thursdays by this boat will arrive in Montreal on Wednesday and Saturday evenings.

The COMMODORE BARRIE leaves every Monday and Thursday nights. The COBORG every Tuesday and Friday nights; and the St. George every Wednesday and Saturday nights, after the arrival of the Boat from the Long Sault; passengers therefore can proceed immediately on.

The proprietors having gone to great expenses to complete the line, trust that a generous public will encourage them.

The Rates of Passage and Freight, the same as charged by the other Steam Boats.

Kingston, June 25th, 1838.


Managers - McPherson & Crane.


July 2nd - The steamer Bytown, Hunter.

July 3rd - The steamer Cataraqui, Drummond.

July 5th - The steamer Margaret, Ballantyne.

July 8th - The steamer Rideau, Moran.

July 9th - The steamer Bytown.

July 10th - The steamer Cataraqui.

Thirty-two barges and batteaux, laden with Troops, Ordinance and Naval Stores, and Merchandize were towed up by these steamers since our last publication.

The following barges contained Merchandize on account of the Ottawa & Rideau Company, but the consignees are necessarily omitted. - The barges Iroquois, Emigrant, Hope, Midway, Mary, Oswego, Clara Fisher, Constitution, Kingston and June.

Six Gun Boats to command the navigation of the Lake have been brought up by these arrivals.

Departures for Montreal via the St. Lawrence.

July 1 - The barge Mary - 400 blls. flour, P. McGill & Co.

July 3 - Batteau Esther - fully laden.

July 3 - Barge Dolphin - fully laden.

July 4 - Barges Hope and Iroquois - in ballast.

July 6 - New barge Victoria, Capt. McMillan, fully laden.

July 7 - Barge Mary - partially laden.

July 9 - Barge Traveller - fully laden.

Departures for Bytown & Grenville.

July 2 - The steamer Margaret.

July 4 - The steamer Cataraqui.

July 8 - The steamer Bytown.

July 9 - The steamer Rideau.

July 12 - The steamer Cataraqui.

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Letters addressed to A.B. Bamford's Hotel, will meet with due attention. Kingston July 12th, 1838.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 13, 1838