The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), May 1, 1838

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p.3 The Navigation - We have great pleasure in announcing the facts mentioned in the following letter - the Forwarders at Brockville and Prescott are removing their establishments to Kingston, and the probability that a Steam Mill will be erected in Kingston forthwith. We need not dwell on the importance of these measures, as it is obvious at a glance.

The Hon. John Hamilton's daily line of Steam Boats from Kingston to the head of the Lake is now in operation, the Cobourg, Capt. Harper, starting to-day, at 6 P.M. & the Great Britain, Capt. Whitney, will start to-morrow. The Boats will leave Kingston in the following order the Commodore Barrie on Mondays and Thursdays, - the Cobourg on Tuesdays and Fridays, - and the Great Britain on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The line is continued at present to Prescott, but it is expected that it will soon extend to the head of the Long Sault, as an arrangement is in progress by which passengers from Montreal will pay their fare to Dickenson's landing, and be brought up from thence by the Brockville and Kingston. It is expected that the Wm. IV, and the Sir Robert Peel, will have to fall into the arrangement, though in opposition, and go no farther down than Kingston.

The Rideau Canal Steamer Margaret started yesterday afternoon for Bytown.

To the Editor of the Upper Canada Herald.

River St. Lawrence, 26th April, 1838.

Mr. Editor, -

Having been formerly a resident of Kingston, and still feeling a deep interest in its welfare, I was much pleased to hear of the Incorporation of that good old Town; and further, that one of the first acts of the Corporation who have been chosen would be to erect a new Market house. I have no doubt Sir, that they have it in contemplation to erect a splendid stone edifice for that purpose; for the idea of erecting one of wood or brick, when a far more substantial material is so abundantly furnished by nature, would certainly be most preposterous. And, Sir, I am convinced that that honourable body cannot too speedily direct their attention to the erection of Public Buildings generally; for I find that most of the Forwarding enterprise on this frontier must immediately concentrate in Kingston. This is plainly indicated by a fact just communicated to me, that all the Forwarders both at Brockville and Prescott are removing their establishments to Kingston, and that the Ottawa & Rideau Company have agreed to tow their barges for three years.

That this enterprise will benefit your Town cannot be for a moment doubted, inasmuch as it must cause the distribution of the needful to a large extent. And, in addition to the Rail Way, and the numerous Store Houses and Wharves which have been built, it is in contemplation to erect a magnificent Steam Mill in Kingston. - Now Sir, when I am informed that it is mainly to the enterprize of one individual that the inhabitants are indebted for these benefits, or at least for mooting most of them, for of the latter, viz. the steam mill, I can speak confidently, having been witness to certain propositions, - I say when I consider that it is mainly owing to the enterprise of one person, I am really surprised that your Townsmen should have been so short-sighted, or rather, I would say, so ungrateful as to omit that (missing line) frequently observed under Republican governments but did not expect to find it in good old loyal Kingston, that persons who have done most for the benefit of the country are sometimes neglected. - However, Sir, as my object is not to complain, I beg leave to conclude by expressing a hope that the inhabitants of Kingston will co-operate zealously in every public enterprise. The Sentinel says that when the St. Lawrence Canal is completed they will get the trade back, - this reminds me of the old saying - that a horse may die of hunger, if he waits for the grass to grow. I am Sir, yours, etc.


We understand that Capt. Calder, late of the Steamer Brockville, has taken for a term of 8 years the extensive wharf and stores at the foot of Store Street, lately occupied by Messrs. Truax & Phillips, and known as the Commercial wharf, and intends to embark extensively in the business of a Forwarding and Commission Merchant. Capt. Calder's numerous friends up the bay and on the river will be glad to support him.

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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), May 1, 1838