The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), July 6, 1833

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p.1 Canada - The Rideau Canal - details by a resident of the Canadas, who defends Col. By. [Correspondent of the London Sun]

p.2 Welland Canal - At a meeting of the Stockholders of the Welland Canal Company, on the 6th inst., the following gentlemen were chosen Directors, viz.: Wm. H. Merritt, Esq., Alex. McDonell, Esq., Ogden Creighton, Esq., George Keefer, Esq., Thomas Butler, Esq. At a meeting of the Board on the same day, the following gentlemen were unanimously elected President and Vice-President: Wm. H. Merritt, Esq. President; Alex. McDonnell Esq., Vice President. [Niagara Reporter]

Improvement of Upper Canada.

Few persons, not actually residing in Prescott, can form any tolerable idea of its increasing wealth and importance. Its collective resident merchants have imported this season no fewer than twenty thousand pounds' worth of summer goods from Montreal, for the consumption of its market. 60,000 barrels have already been shipped, by the forwarding houses, for Montreal. 60 large batteaux, besides a number of barges and durham boats, are being constantly employed by the forwarding companies, between Prescott and the Lower Province. From Prescott upwards there are eight steam boats, of different sizes, and some dozens of square rigged schooners, continually going to, and coming from, the different ports on the lake. The transport of goods upwards is immense - almost incredible. The streets in the town are being put in excellent repair, most of them McAdamized; side walks are in progress, a number of elegant stone houses nearly finished. Mr. Alpheus Jones' building undoubtedly surpasses, in the beauty of its architectural construction, any that we have as yet seen in the Province. Mr. Norton's very extensive building adds greatly to the beauty of the village; it is 133 feet long by 66 feet wide, and three stories high. This is the most splendid edifice in Prescott. This splendid spirited gentleman has laid out more money, on buildings and public works, in this town, than any other individual. Messrs. Norton, Hulbert & Co.'s Steam Foundry and Engine Manufactory is certainly a great acquisition to the importance of the village; it is now in full operation, has four forges, one high pressure steam engine of eight horse power, an ingenious, newly invented pinching machine of 140 men's power, and what is very extraordinary, this wonderful machine occupies but ten inches square on the floor. It has several turning machines. This foundry keeps constantly employed about twenty hands. We sincerely wish the enterprising proprietors success; indeed we are confident this establishment will meet with that patronage its proprietors so richly deserve. [Prescott Gazette]

On Wednesday the Great Britain Steamer called here on her passage up, and landed a large quantity of goods; indeed, the increasing prosperity of this section of the Province, is becoming evident from the large quantity of merchandize landed. On Saturday the William the 4th called with goods and passengers. Some very respectable families landed and pursued their journey out to Cavan Township. [Port Hope Warder]

Arrival & Departure of Steam-Boats in Kingston

The inconvenience which many in our vicinity, and even in the town, experience from not knowing the periods at which the different steam-boats arrive at, and leave this port, has induced us to make a List as correctly as possible, which may serve as a guide to our townsmen and the traveller.

For the Head of the Lake.

Sunday - United Kingdom, A.M.; Queenston, A.M.

Monday - United States, P.M. (for Niagara, and touching at York on her way down.)

Tuesday - None.

Wednesday - Great Britain, P.M.

Thursday - None.

Friday - William IV, P.M.

Saturday - None.

For Prescott and the River

Sunday - Great Britain, P.M.

Monday - Perseverance, A.M.; Caroline, A.M.; Britannia, P.M.

Tuesday - Sir James Kempt, P.M.

Wednesday - William IV, A.M.; Caroline, A.M.; Perseverance, P.M.

Thursday - United Kingdom, A.M.; Britannia, P.M.; Queenston, P.M.

Friday - Caroline, A.M.; Sir James Kempt, P.M.; William IV, P.M.; United States, P.M.

Saturday - None.

For the Bay of Quinte.

Sunday - None.

Monday - Sir James Kempt, A.M.

Tuesday - Perseverance, P.M.

Wednesday - Britannia, A.M.

Thursday - Sir James Kempt, A.M.

Friday - Perseverance, A.M.

Saturday - Britannia, A.M.

On her way down from Niagara, the Great Britain calls at Oswego; and the United States, as will be seen by her advertisement, stops at Sackett's Harbour, Oswego and several other places on the American side, on her way to and from Niagara. The arrangement of the trips of the Charles Carroll between Kingston and Sacket's Harbour is not yet advertised.

Correction - Steam Boats - In the article "Travelling to and in Upper Canada," which we copied into our paper last week from the Montreal Gazette, there are some inaccuracies which at the time escaped our attention, and which disagree with accounts we have previously given in the Chronicle. The editors of the Gazette deserve thanks for the industry with which they compiled their article; and it could not be expected, from the difficulty in procuring correct information of the kind, that they could give a faultless account.

The beautiful Lake Steam-boat St. George, now fast fitting up in our harbour, is 142 feet long, instead of 126; and is not "entirely," but partly built of cedar. The following is a correct description of her:

The St. George is 142 feet long; 44 feet broad including guards; and of 360 tons burthen. Her engine, made by Bennett and Henderson, is low-pressure, and of 90 horse power; her draught of water, 51/2 feet. The Ladies' cabin is on deck, containing 20 berths, in state-rooms of two berths each.

In the Gentlemen's cabin, there are 24 open berths, and two state-rooms, each with two berths. All the machinery is placed below. This vessel is to be schooner-rigged; will possess the advantages of both steam and sails; and is to be commanded by Lieut. Harper, R.N.

It will be seen by the list we have made, that the Caroline runs to Kingston regularly; and in addition to her, there is also a small steam-boat which occasionally visits us from Prescott.

We had the pleasure of recognizing the American steam-boat Charles Carroll, on Thursday last, - now prepared to ply, as heretofore, between Kingston and Sackets Harbour. This boat has undergone a thorough alteration, particularly in her engine, which propels her peaceably through the water, without any of those wheezing,asthmatic sounds by which, in her travailing, she used to excite the sympathy of our inhabitants. We wish her persevering Proprietor much success.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), July 6, 1833