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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 29, 1847

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At length this new Steamer is on the eve of being finished, and a magnificent boat she is. She is one hundred and seventy feet long, and twenty four feet wide: circumference of the wheel twenty-seven and a half feet -stroke ten feet. The Gentlemen's Cabin is roomy and airy - is between decks (a great improvement) - is forty-nine feet long, - main breadth eighteen feet - height from the main deck seven and a half feet. This splendid cabin contains twenty-eight berths and six Lockers - those berths are roomy and airy, four of them being six and a quarter feet long and two feet four inches broad - to each of the Upper Berths is a neat window; these windows (fourteen in number) throw a flood of light into the cabin, and through them a healthful quantity of air can be at all times admitted. Aft of the cabin is a large washroom, which contains six stands - four doors, two from the exterior and two from the interior of the cabin, open into this room. The main windows of this cabin will be of richly stained glass - in front, and on both sides of this cabin, there is a large space, affording the most ample room for both lounge and promenade. The Ladies' Cabin is thirty-nine feet long, and seven feet high - is well lit, and contains a proportionate number of berths; a circular stair of black walnut leads to the cabin, ornamented with brass bannisters. Cabin will be completely separated from deck passengers; and to avoid the contact hitherto so much complained of on the Ottawa route between both classes of passengers, large folding doors are placed between both, and the clerk will have two offices - one fore and the other aft - for the transaction of business on the Boat. There is a large baggage-room aft of the boat for cabin passengers.

Deck passengers will be completely sheltered from the cold weather and night air by large doors fore and aft of the engine, and will be fully as comfortable as those in the cabin. The officers' rooms with the exception of the captain's, all open into this part of the boat

The Promenade Deck is of immense length and width, being no less than one hundred and fifty feet clear - on this deck the most active can take sufficient exercise. Part of this magnificent deck will, of course, be covered by an awning.

The Walking-beam of this boat is two feet longer than the celebrated John Munn, which is decidedly the largest boat on our waters. She is capable of making twenty-four revolutions in a minute with ease - being one hundred horse power - of running the distance of seventeen miles an hour; and, of course, accomplishing the distance of the route for which she is expressly built (namely between here and Grenville - sixty miles) in four hours. Owing to the numerous stoppages on the way, five hours will be about the average time consumed between here and Grenville. Passengers leaving Bytown after breakfast, at nine o'clock, will arrive in Grenville a little after Dinner, precisely at two.

The Speed will make her trial trip on Tuesday next at farthest - perhaps on Monday; after that she will run regularly between here and Grenville. Five weeks ago she would have been completed and on this route but for an accident over which the owners of the boat had no control. The walking-beam owing to its immense weight, fell in its transit from the foundry in Montreal to the boat by which it was to be conveyed to Bytown. The consequence was a slight crack to the beam, and the founder below had contracted to furnish everything in his line complete, was obliged to cast the immense mass of iron over again. Thus a delay of the running of the boat was caused, no less annoying to the public than her owners. Every week since the commencement of the boat, to mechanics alone employed here at this place upon her nearly £45 per week has been paid; and in these times, and at this place, this is no very insignificant item. But the boat is well worth waiting for - she is of the latest American model - swift, beautiful and strong, being braced with strong iron rods at every joint where a probable necessity for them could exist. Altogether, the Speed, which we have inspected from stem to stem, is a credit to the ingenuity of the mechanics who built her; and the enterprise of her slow but sure owners; and we have a guarantee from them (and this would not be mentioned by us but for an absurd report which none but a poor noodle could create,) that the Speed will grace our own Ottawa for many a day to come - as long as there is a stick of her together. [Bytown Packet]

The Rideau Canal - opinion that diseases caused now as in 1830-33.

p.3 The Fisheries - We understand that the fishermen on Lake Huron are prosecuting their business with energy and perseverance this season, but with indifferent success. - The white-fishery unusually unproductive. - The trout are tolerably abundant, and run very large. The fishery at Thunder Bay Island, near the middle of the lake on the west shore, has been gradually enlarged, and the fish in that region stand a poor chance of escape. [Lake Superior News]




Will, until further notice, leave Kingston for Hamilton, (calling at the intermediate Ports)

On Tuesday and Friday

Afternoons, at 4 o'clock, or immediately after the arrival of the Mail Boats from Montreal; and will leave Hamilton for Kingston,

On Monday and Thursday Mornings.

Kingston, Sept. 28th, 1847.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 29, 1847