The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Chronicle (Kingston, ON), May 19, 1832

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p.3 Rideau Canal Tolls - address from inhabitants of Kingston presented to Lieutenant Governor - against high tolls.

The inhabitants of Kingston were gratified on Wednesday last with one of the grandest sights that was ever exhibited on these lakes - the arrival of the Great Britain, having in tow fifteen schooners and a Durham boat, brought from Prescott and Brockville against a strong head wind, and at the rate of from four to five miles an hour; the harbour when each vessel was cast off, presented the appearance of a formidable fleet, every vessel decorated with the flags of their respective countries, and tacking in every direction to secure a safe anchorage; the scene was grand beyond description. Several of the Schooners were released from their bondage at the point, the remainder after the Steam vessel had entered the harbour. This proves incontrovertibly the unparalleled strength of the Great Britain, as well as the importance and utility of Steam in enabling sailing craft to overcome all the impediments to their progress, occasioned by a continuation of unfavourable winds and weather. The following is a catalogue of the progeny that with all the sublimity of maternal preponderance she faithfully deposited in the harbour of Kingston.

Vessels Names - Welland Canal, Rebecca and Eliza, Caroline, (Am.) Red Rover, Canadian, General Brock, George the Fourth, Mohawk Chief, Prosperity, Margaret, 1 Batteau, Prescott, Brothers, Rochester, (Am.) Lady Colborne, John Watkins.

We understand that Col. By, who arrived at Kingston on Sunday from York, purposes returning to Bytown on Thursday next, in the steamboat built by Mr. Drummond about two years since; the canal being now in such a state of completion as to render it navigable with perfect safety and certainty..

William Fourth Steamboat - At six o'clock this morning this magnificent vessel commanded by Capt. T.C. Thorn, arrived here on her first trip from Gananoque, having made the voyage in the unprecedented short space of one hour and three quarters. She is remarkably chastely and elegantly finished, and appears on the water nearly as large as the Great Britain. Her power is 100 horse, with a low pressure Engine. The gentlemen's cabin is most commodious, containing 36 most comfortable berths, and the ladies' contains 26, both arranged in every manner suited to the accommodation and convenience of passengers. She remained here a short time and proceeded to Prescott, and on Monday will leave that port to pursue her regular trips to the Head of the Lake, touching at Kingston, York, and the intermediate ports on her passage upwards.

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Kingston Chronicle (Kingston, ON), May 19, 1832