The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Chronicle (Kingston, ON), May 29, 1830

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p.2 Burlington Bay Canal - We are happy to observe, by the Gore Balance, that several vessels have lately passed through this Canal; among them we notice, with pleasure, the steam-boats Queenston and Alciope. The latter vessel touched at this Port on Wednesday, on her route to Prescott, having a cargo of upwards of 1,550 barrels of flour on board.

To the Editor of the Kingston Chronicle.

I have lately noticed in your paper some remarks respecting our Bay Steam-boats, as also letters from the parties concerned in them, explaining some difficulties which appeared to have occurred with respect to the present arrangement of running the boats. With these matters I shall not interfere, as the arrangements now made may perhaps accommodate the public as well as any other that could be suggested, where there are only two boats concerned, as to time. I observe much is said respecting public accommodation by one of the parties, which, I must confess, I consider is a consideration of very minor importance with him; but be that as it may, it is more particularly in another way that I could wish to see the public benefited; I mean by being relieved from the extravagant charges both for freight and passage, to which they are at present subjected. It is notorious that on the waters of the United States, the public are accommodated in a much more elegant and sumptuous manner, and at the same time conveyed with nearly twice the expedition that the Boats on the Bay of Quinte travel, and for what expense? a sum not exceeding one third of the charges with which the inhabitants of the Midland District are taxed.

I need not refer to any particular instances to substantiate these facts, as the frequency of travelling to that country renders it too notorious to admit of doubt. - My leading object in this communication is to call the attention of our merchants of capital, to the advantage that would accrue to themselves and the public, were they to bring into action another boat, of superior dimensions and power, to those at present in use - one that would traverse the distance from the head of the bay to Prescott, touching at the intermediate places in the day, which could be readily effected with an engine of 100 horse power; and as the consumption of fuel would be but trifling more than is at present used by those boats, they could easily afford to run for half the price at present exacted. We should then (instead of having to pay as much for transporting a barrel of flour from the head of the bay to Kingston, as is paid from the head of Lake Erie to Buffalo, a distance of nearly 300 miles) be able to compete with our neighbours on fair terms.

Well Wisher to the Prosperity of the Midland District.

p.3 TO BE SOLD - By Auction, at Cooper's wharf, on Wednesday the 2nd day of June, 1830, the Schooner Canadian, of this port, together with the sails, tackle and furniture, having been seized by the Collector of Customs at Port Hope. She was launched in the spring of 1828, and is now in excellent repair.

H.M. Mosley, Auctioneer.

York, 13th May, 1830.

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Kingston Chronicle (Kingston, ON), May 29, 1830