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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Aug. 10, 1833

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p.2 The quickest trip ever made, from Montreal to Prescott - A loaded batteau, in charge of Joe Fecheau, belonging to Messrs. Crane, Hooker, M'Cutcheon & Co. of this place, left Lachine on Thursday morning last and arrived here on Saturday about three o'clock in the afternoon, making the trip in 2 days and a half, with a very strong head wind. This is quite unprecedented. She had on board the new shaft for the William IV which was cast on the Saturday preceding. Part of her loading was shipped on board the Sir James Kempt the same evening, and would be in Kingston on Sunday morning; and had any of the lake steamers been in port, as usual, the goods for York would have been delivered there on Monday morning; thus making three days to Kingston and four days to York. [Prescott Gazette]

Among the many favourable notices which we have seen and heard of the fine vessel which recently left our harbour to become an ornament to the Lake, we give the following, from the Cobourg Star:-

St. George - On Sunday morning last, about eight o'clock, arrived at our wharf the new steam-boat, St. George, and a more beautiful specimen of Canadian naval architecture does not float on the waters of the Ontario; - even our own especial favourite, the William, does not surpass her in the beauty of her model, in the elegance and convenience of her cabins, and in the neatness and general air of comfort throughout. Her proportions are particularly pleasing to the eye; and the judicious manner in which she is rigged, rendering her wholly independent of her paddles in case of accident to any part of the steam apparatus, is highly to be recommended, as conducing very largely to the general safety of a steam-boat, besides giving a spirited and more ship-like appearance than commonly belongs to the new steamers on Lake Ontario. The result of the St. George's first trip, thus far, promises, that she may be the swiftest boat on the Lake, when her machinery shall have been a short time in use. The United States steam-boat, in a trial that she made under every advantage for a full display of her prowess, accomplished the distance between Brockville and Prescott (12 miles) in 57 minutes - a trip which we learn the St. George, in the present rough state of her machinery, performed within the hour - a feat, particularly gratifying to her spirited proprietors, and a sufficient evidence of her being a successful proof of the skill of Mr. Ewen the master builder.

The United States steam-boat has so altered her downward trip, that she touches at our port on Friday morning, at 8, leaving Lewiston at 9 o'clock in the evening of Wednesday. This change, as will be seen by the new advertisement, has been made in order to afford the numerous passengers, on this fine vessel, an opportunity of seeing the romantic scenery of the River by daylight.

p.3 We perceive by the Sacket's Harbour Courier of Thursday, that in making a trial of the new steam-boat William Avery, a week ago yesterday, on what was intended to be "a short excursion of pleasure," some slight accident happened, which is thus described by the Courier:-

"A large company being on board, she was backed out in fine style, when, by some mistake in working her engine by hand, the crank of one of her wheel shafts was broken off, thus knocking our cake of pleasure into the dough of disappointment, and rendering nugatory, null and void, the motto of the immortal Samuel Patch, that 'some things can be done as well as others.' "

We believe that this boat is intended to ply between Sacket's Harbour and Kingston. She may be expected to make her appearance in our harbour ere long.

- Commodore and Mrs. Barrie return from excursion to Upper Lakes. [Herald]


A Public Meeting will be held at Brockville, on Monday, the 22nd Sept. next, at the Court House, at 5 o'clock P.M. to devise means for forming a Joint Stock Company for the establishment of a Line of Steam Boats and Coaches to run from Brockville to Montreal. All persons interested or desirous of promoting so desirable an object for the benefit of the public, are particularly requested to attend, as it is expected that arrangements will be effected to proceed immediately to the selection of an efficient Committee.

Brockville, 8th August, 1833.


The Low Pressure Steam-Boat


Capt. R.J. Van Dewater.

In order to run the St. Lawrence River by daylight, and to enable passengers making the Northern Tour to view the scenery in that most interesting section of country, from the Lake to Ogdensburgh, including the Thousand Islands, this boat will leave Lewiston on Wednesday evening, and arrive at Ogdensburgh on Friday evening. On Saturday morning passengers may take the Steam Boat Iroquois down the rapids, and reach Montreal the same evening, or take the Saturday's Stage, and remain over the Sabbath at Massena Springs, or the Indian village of St. Regis, and arrive at Montreal on Monday afternoon.

For Ogdensburgh

Leaves Lewiston every Wednesday 9 P.M.

Rochester Thursday 10 A.M.

Oswego Thursday 7 P.M.

Sackett's Harbour Friday 4 A.M.

Kingston, U.C. Friday about 8 A.M.

Touches at French Creek, Brockville and Morristown, and arrives at Ogdensburgh Friday evening.

For Lewiston

Leaves Ogdensburgh Monday 6 A.M.

Kingston, U.C. about 4 P.M.

Sackett's Harbour 7 P.M.

Oswego Tuesday 8 A.M.

Rochester 7 P.M.

York, U.C. Wednesday 7 A.M.

Arriving at Lewiston about 12 M. where stages are in readiness to convey passengers to the Falls.

August 7th, 1833.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Aug. 10, 1833