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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug 30, 1838

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p.3 New Rideau Steamboat - The new steamer Hunter, left Kingston last Wednesday on her first trip to Bytown. This vessel was built at Prescott during the last spring and summer, for the Ottawa & Rideau Company, and is a very handsome and commodious vessel of her class, being about the size, and having the same appointments as the Cataraqui and Bytown. The engine with which she is worked is of 28 horse power, and formerly belonged to the Shannon. The Hunter is placed under the care of Capt. Moorehouse, an old and experienced navigator of the canal, and the waters adjacent. The placing of this fine vessel on the route will enable the Company to take off the Rideau, now growing somewhat in years, and put her on the less difficult post, between Kingston and Prescott.

Regattas - Although the gentlemen of Kingston have not spirit enough to get up a Regatta, in the finest waters of the Province, yet the example annually set by the good people of Barriefield is now copied by the inhabitants of Toronto and also Chemung Lake, who have advertised two regattas to come off shortly. At that of Toronto, James Eccles, the Long Island hero, may be expected with his own skiff, and that will take the shine out of the Metropolitans.

The Diary of a Master Loafer - Part III.

- description of Bytown, the rapids of the Ottawa, description of Shannon and her eccentric captain,

...For several years the Shannon has been the only vessel on this part of the river, and has always performed the work exceedingly well. She is a large and handsome boat, about the average size of the lake boats, well furnished and well fitted; and her master is one of those men who never give offence. What was therefore my surprise to observe in one of the journals in this part of the province, a coarse and ill-natured attack upon the Shannon, stating her total unfitness for the public accommodation. No one who knows anything about either the vessel or her master would of course put faith in such a statement, and to them it is needless to explain; but strangers and people at a distance, into whose hands the slanderous article might have fallen, I beg to assure, that nothing is farther from the truth than the assertions of this anonymous writer. In furniture, cleanliness, table, and attention to passengers, the Shannon is not surpassed by any steamboat on the Upper Canada waters; and for ability, good humor, friendliness, and general kindness, Capt. Kains, her commander, is not equalled in the two provinces...(followed by a long paragraph of the captain's character and foibles.)


Managers - Messrs. McPherson & Crane.


Aug. 18 - The steamer Margaret, Ballentyne, with two barges in tow (consignees of barge Constitution.)

Aug. 20 - The Cataraqui, Drummond, with four barges in tow (consignees of barge Victoria.)

Aug. 24 - The steamer Bytown, Hunter, with three barges in tow (consignees of barge Oswego.)

Aug. 25 - The steamers Rideau and Cataraqui, with two barges in tow (consignees of barge Perth.)

Departures for Bytown.

Aug. 21 - The steamer Rideau.

Aug. 23 - The steamer Margaret.

Aug. 25 - The steamer Bytown.

Aug. 28 - The steamer Cataraqui.

Aug. 29 - The new Boat, Hunter, Moorhouse.

Departures for Montreal.

Aug. 21 - The barge Constitution.

Aug. 25 - The barge Queen Victoria.

Aug. 27 - The barge Perth.

Aug. 29 - The barge Oswego.

*To the Subscribers of the British Whig - (This is the last issue for the present time; job printing will continue at the office; new type will be procured before winter; the Editor must collect debts.)

The British Whig - Dr. Barker respectfully notifies the Public, that the 1st number of the British Whig, New Series, will be published on Thursday Feb. 7, 1839. All persons who have paid their accounts are solicited to renew their subscriptions, and to favor the Publisher with their patronage as heretofore. Gentlemen of the Press are requested to forward their exchanges in time. Kingston, Dec. 26, 1838. [Chronicle & Gazette, Dec 26, 1838 p.3]

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug 30, 1838