The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Chronicle (Kingston, ON), Aug. 20, 1831

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p.1 Steam Boat Exploions - in the U.S., only one on the Great Lakes was at Buffalo last year, in which 15 people were killed. [Silliman's Journal]

Notices of Application to be made at ensuing Session of the Provincial Legislature - examples - To make a harbour at Port Burwell; To form a Joint Stock Company to improve the Navigation of the Grand River; For a harbour at Port Dover. [U.C. Gazette]

Emigrants - About 120 Irish Emigrants arrived here on Sunday morning, in the Steamer Niagara, and 40 were left by her at Cobourg and Port Hope. The Niagara did not, upon this occasion, proceed as usual to the Head of the Lake; in consequence, we are told, of the merchants of that neighbourhood having determined on shipping all their produce to Montreal in Schooners, and not in Steam Boats: the charge of the former being considerably less than that of the latter. [York Courier]

We have frequently copied from the Upper Canada papers notices of the different Steam-boats proposed to be built there to increase the facilities of travelling or the transportation of freight. In one of these new Boats, in particular, we have felt a great interest, from it being the one which would first demonstrate the value of the magnificent Canal between Bytown and Kingston, which the Mother Country has so liberally constructed for the benefit of these Provinces. The Rideau Canal, which there is no reason to doubt will be finished this fall, completes the channel of intercommunication between Kingston and Montreal, and as soon as the three locks of the Grenville Canal, which were built of the smaller size, are, as has already been determined upon, taken down, and extended to the width of those on the Rideau, there will be no impediment to the new Steam-boat passing from Kingston to Lachine. Entertaining therefore as we do, a high idea of the importance of the series of Canals, which forms a safe water communication between Kingston and this place, it was with much pleasure that we learned that an enterprising association at Kingston would in the spring, or as soon after as the changes in the Grenville Canal before alluded to are completed, demonstrate the practicability of passing with a Steamer through the Rideau, Grenville, and Chute a Blondeau Canals.

We learn also that a new Boat is now building at Ogdensburgh for the Lake Ontario trade, which its owners intend shall exceed all the Steamers now on the Lake in speed. We are not in possession of much information concerning the proposed Boat, but believe her engine is to be of 160 horse power, on the high pressure principle.

A new Boat is also to be placed on Lake Erie by a British Company; she will be the first boat owned in Canada on the Lake, those at present navigating it belonging exclusively to the American side. The engine of the Alciope, plying on Lake Ontario, and belonging to Robert Hamilton, Esq. of Queenston, will be taken out this fall and placed, we understand in the Lake Erie Boat. A new high pressure engine of 160 horse power is now preparing in the States for the Alciope, which will very considerably augment the speed of this fine vessel, during the next season of navigation. [Montreal Gazette]

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Kingston Chronicle (Kingston, ON), Aug. 20, 1831