The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Chronicle (Kingston, ON), March 31, 1832

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p.2 Army Movement - orders given to withdraw all troops stationed at Sackets Harbor at opening of navigation; the only American naval depot on the Lake. [Watertown Freeman]

p.3 The enterprising proprietor of the Upper Canada stage and steamboat line, Horace Dickinson, Esq. has in progress several very important improvements, intended to go into operation the ensuing season, which will give additional facilities, and tend much to the comfort of the travelling community. Two new steamboats have been prepared to ply between Lachine and the Cascades. One of these, of 90 feet keel, and 19 feet beam, is now receiving on board the engine of the St. Lawrence, formerly of this route. The other is nearly ready to launch at Coteau du Lac, and will descend the rapids to Lachine, where she will take on board an engine of 50 horse power, now preparing by Messrs. J.D. Ward & Co. of this city; this boat is expected to be in operation early in the season.

Various improvements have been made in the Neptune, which runs between Coteau du Lac and Cornwall, among which the most important is the erection of a Ladies' Cabin on the deck, which will much extend her accommodation. The Dalhousie steamer, lately purchased by Mr. Dickinson, at Prescott, will also be employed on this lake, touching at St. Regis, Salmon River, and other places on the South side.

A new boat, of 120 feet keel and 18 feet beam, is now ready at Gananoque, to be called the Iroquois. This new steamer is built, with a view of materially reducing the land travelling between Cornwall and Prescott, and is on a principle which, though commonly met with in the Connecticut River Boats, is a novelty in this province, a single wheel being placed in the stern, instead of one on each side. She is of a light draught of water, and will have two engines, of 25 horse power each, which it is conceived, will enable her to overcome the difficulties of the navigation from the head of the Long Sault to Prescott, where she is to be employed. The engines were manufactured by Messrs. Fuller and Copeland, of Hartford, Conn. The introduction of this boat will produce, it will be perceived, an important diminution in the land travelling between this and Prescott, and render the journey far less fatiguing. - The stage travelling between the two places, which was formerly 75 miles for the entire route, will be reduced to thirty-six - a diminution of nearly forty miles. This arises entirely from adopting the steamboat as a means of conveyance from the head of the Long Sault, a distance of about eleven miles from Cornwall, instead of sending the passengers the whole fifty miles, from Cornwall to Prescott, by stage. [Montreal Gazette]

We have in the former paragraph noticed the great changes and improvements in the travelling between this and Upper Canada. Mr. Dickinson has not, however, confined his attention exclusively to this line, since we learn that, during the last winter he has had a steamboat built, intended to ply between Lachine and Chateauguay, making two or three trips every day. [Montreal Gazette]

Wanted - A Master, Mate and Steward, for the steam-boat John By. None need apply but such as can produce unquestionable references as to abilities and character. Application to made in writing to the subscriber, before the 25th of April.

Kingston, 29th March, 1832. David John Smith.

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Kingston Chronicle (Kingston, ON), March 31, 1832