p.2 Steamboats - We were much gratified, when on board the other day, at the improved and orderly appearance of the Great Britain now preparing for sea in our harbour. This fine and favorite vessel has been thoroughly repaired, and repainted throughout, and makes a most attractive appearance, which, added to the tried and well known abilities of her urbane and attentive commander will secure for her a large share of the public patronage. This elegant boat will be ready to resume her trips about the first of May. Too much praise can scarcely be awarded to her spirited and liberal proprietors for furnishing to the travelling public so safe and splendid a conveyance.
We are pleased to perceive that the enterprising proprietors of the William IV have added several improvements to this swift-moving and commodious vessel, for which they deserve public reward. The Prescott Gazette says: "Twenty-four feet have been added to her forward promenade deck, and the same length to each side of her quarter deck, rendering her a complete shelter from the rain and storms. Her different apartments are richly and amply furnished with every possible convenience. Several additional berths have been got up in the gentlemen's apartment. She is to be commanded by Captain Charles Paynter, an experienced commander and accomplished gentleman."
That popular steamboat, the Sir James Kempt, under the indefatigable management of Captain Gildersleeve, left Kingston for the Bay of Quinte on Wednesday last, and, having returned, proceeded on her way to Prescott yesterday morning. This popular vessel, which seems to possess the fabled power of Midas, of turning whatever she touches into gold, has received several improvements, and though to be surrounded by a host of competitors, she is likely to pursue "the even tenor of her way," scattering steam and "notions" among the inhabitants of Prince Edward, and causing the dusky countenances upon "Indian Island" to glisten with joy.
The Perseverance, which, like a water-phoenix, has arisen from the keel of the old Toronto, is busily engaged at her trips from Prescott to the Carrying Place; while the "little Rideau" is at present industriously labouring in the same vocation. [Kingston Chronicle]