The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Western Herald (Sandwich, ON), Wednesday, 30 June 1841

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On or about the 7th of June, we took a trip to Chatham, in the Steamer BROTHERS. Nothing however occurred on the way there worthy of note, save that we partook of a most excellent dinner, which, we understand, can always be met with on board of this excellent boat. We left Windsor about one o'clock, and arrived at Chatham at six, the distance accomplished being about 59 miles. The Thames river is too winding to describe, it would take up too much room, but its a noble stream, and deserves to be well "patronised." From its mouth to the town is about 20 miles including the devious "crooks and turns," and its width, the whole distance, which is remarkably uniform, is about 40 rods, perhaps more. On each side are excellent farms &c. Many of which seem to be in a flourishing condition.

We were most agreeably disappointed in the appearance of Chatham. It is a much larger place, and possesses greater business advantages than, from what we had heard of it, we could have imagined. It is situate on the southern branch of the Thames, and is about thirty feet above the level of that river; the main street running parallel with it. Here all the "stores" are to be found, and they are neither few, for the population, nor contemptible in point of the extent and value of their contents. Several excellent Mechanic Shops are also to be found in this street. Mr. N. Smith's Saddle and Harness maker Shop, and Mr. Burns Boot and Shoe Shop, particularly deserves notice. The principal Merchants are C. Gouin, James Read, John G. Weir, Daniel Forsyth, and Messrs. Witherspoon & Charteris. The latter have but very recently established themselves in Chatham, having bought out the old stand of Messieurs. W. & W. Eberts. There are four good taverns, viz: The British Hotel, kept by S. T. Probett, the British North American, by L. Dauphin, Farmers Hotel, by Wm. Dolsen, and the National House, by Mr. Taylor, who is making considerable additions and improvements to his premises. Mr. Probett's establishment, we believe, takes the precedence in point of genteel accommodations, and is conducted on a very liberal scale, the worthy host being esteemed the best eaterer in the Western District. Dr. Robinson's Apothecary shop is by far the neatest and most unique establishment of the kind we have seen west of Toronto, and is certainly highly creditable to the taste and liberality of its intelligent proprietor.

The day after our arrival we visited the ship yard of Mr. H. S. Larned, and saw the new Steamer "KENT," then on the stocks; which has since been launched, as may be seen by a letter in this paper. She is certainly a noble looking craft, and bids fair to rival every thing in the shape of Steamboats on the river. She is 140 tons burthen, 122 feet keel, 20 feet beam, 7 feet hold; and her engine will be 50 horse power. She is built very strong, with the view of running her on Lake Erie between Chathan and Chippawa, provided it will pay. We understand she will cost about forty thousand dollars, when finished. On the whole she is a credit to the enterprise of her spirited owners, and the skill of her builder. We understand she will be ready to make her first trip in August, under the command of Henry Vanallen Esq.

We next visited the new and "splendid" schooner "LOUISE," taking in her cargo at Mr. Read's wharf. This beautiful vessel was built during the past Winter and Spring, under the superintendence of Capt. Wm. Taylor, who commands her. She registers 140 tons, and is built in the style of what is technically called "fore and aft." The cabin is capable of accommodating ten passengers very comfortably, and is handsomely finished off with black-walnut. She started on her first trip, on the 13th for Kingston, with a valuable cargo, consisting of 5,000 bushels wheat, 8 Hogsheads Tobacco, and 160 barrels Flour and Pork, all the produce of this District. We were informed that at least 60,000 bushels wheat had been shipped from Chatham this season. [only part extracted]

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William R. McNeil
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Western Herald (Sandwich, ON), Wednesday, 30 June 1841