The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Canadian Emigrant (Sandwich, ON), Saturday, July 20, 1833

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Three Steamboats Burnt. — The Louisville Advertiser of Saturday week, contained the following:— FIRE. — About ten o'clock last evening, the steamer SENTINEL took fire while at the wharf in front of this city. The flames spread with such rapidity that in less than ten minutes the DELPHINE above and the RAMBLER below, were also on fire, and the three boats were burned in about an hour to the water's edge.

The Sentinel had a full freight for New Orleans, the Rambler had on board several hundred barrels of whiskey, and the Delphine had just received about twenty tons of freight from New Orleans for Cincinnati. The engines greatly damaged will be saved. The cargoes have been entirely lost. Passengers had barely time to make their escape, leaving baggage, clothing and money on board. There were about twelve steam boats lying in port at the time, and it was with difficulty those on fire were seperated from the others.


It is truly gratifying to witness the supersenients [?] which are going forward in almost every direction through the province. Agriculture and commerce are rapidly advancing; the face of the country indicates a better system of husbandry than formerly prevailed, the style of dwellings, with the enlarged and substantial out-buildings, bespeak the growing wealth and taste of the occupants; and what cannot fail to catch the eye of an English traveller, is the neatness which is displayed in front, where the filthy door yard, as it is called, has given way to well cultivated gardens. From Coburg to Kingston, the scenery has, within a very few years materially changed for the better — the land is principally cleared of the stumps, and if the green hedge were growing instead of the unsightly zig zag fence, Canada would not materially suffer by a comparison with the Mother Country. In this District, villages are rising to the east and west, and in the more established towns, trade and commerce are in a state of stirring and profitable activity. Whoever has passed down the Bay of Quinte, may have been struck with the beautiful scenery which the banks on either hand present — the sloping formation of the land, which is seen on both sides is favorable for displaying the beautiful landscape, studded with most excellent farm houses , surrounded with well cultivated land enlivened by knots of trees, which have the appearance of tasteful decoration, though in fact they were left for future convenience and consumption.

It has been well observed that "the Country makes the Town," which is amply illustrated in Upper Canada wherever the land is good and the farmers industrious, towns will swell in size, and their inhabitants become wealthy, such is the fact in reference to Coburg, Port Hope, Belleville and Hallowell — the latter place has been accounted unhealthy, in consequence of a large body of nearly stagnant water which nearly surrounds it, yet where the prospect of success presents itself, sickness has no terror; and the village is growing as rapidly and its merchants and mechanics are as prosperous as any town on the Bay of Quinte. We admire the taste and judgment displayed in the buildings recently put up, both in Belleville and Hallowell, where brick as a material, is used instead of wood, an example which we hope, will be followed all over the Province.

The investment of capital in the erection of steamboats is becoming very extensive. It is not confined to the Ontario, the Bay of Quinte has already four in regular employment, and a fifth will shortly be put on the route. The emulation among the several proprietors is very laudable, and each boat appears to vie with the others in speed and elegant accommodaton; the Sir James Kempt outruns the Perseverance — the Brittania boasts of beating the Sir James, while the Kingston, now nearly ready to start, assures the public that she will leave them all behind. Steamers for the lake are on the stocks at Kingston, Brockville and other places, which will add to the convenience of merchants and probably, what may be looked upon with no small degree of plearurable anticipation, the rates of passage may be reduced. --- Coburg Reformer

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William R. McNeil
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Canadian Emigrant (Sandwich, ON), Saturday, July 20, 1833