The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), March 27, 1838


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p.3 His Excellency Sir Francis B. Head arrived at the British American Hotel in this Town on Saturday night, having come in the Steam Boat Transit from Toronto to the Gap. There the ice stopped the Boat, and Sir Francis was landed on Amherst Isle, crossed the Bay to Bath, and came down from thence by land....

A strong gale of wind from the south on Friday night broke up the ice in this channel considerably, and on Saturday the river was open from Garden Island downwards below the Point. The channel is now clear above the Island also, but is still blocked up at the Gap. A few days more must break it up there, if there be any wind, and it is probable that the Steam Boat William IV, which intends we understand, to leave Prescott for Toronto and the head of the Lake on the 1st of next month, will find an open channel. The Lake and river at Niagara were open on the 17th as in the middle of summer, and the Transit was running between Niagara and Toronto. The river and harbour at Oswego were clear of ice on the 21st. On the 16th vessels from sea might have reached Quebec with perfect safety.

The fine weather has produced great activity on the Steam Boats that wintered here, to prepare them for a speedy opening of the navigation. The Brockville has received a thorough repair on the Marine Rail Way, being filled in with new timbers, beams, planking and sheathing, so that she is a stronger and better boat than she ever was before. Her engine has also been taken out and refitted. She will be launched in a day or two, or as soon as the ice can be cut away from before the Rail Way, and the Traveller will then be hauled up to have her bottom cleaned and receive some repairs. The Sir James Kempt has also been thoroughly repaired on the Rail Way, having had new timbers and planking wherever required, so that she will again visit the Bay and River like a new Boat. The Great Britain, the St. George, the Cobourg, the Commodore Barrie, the Kingston, and the Ottawa and Rideau Company's Boats, are most of them preparing to commence operations whenever required.


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Date of Original:
March 27, 1838
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KN.3313
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English
Donor:
Rick Neilson
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), March 27, 1838