The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Aug. 17, 1833

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p.2 The Canal - The Commissioners met at Prescott on Saturday last, the Engineers submitted the different routes surveyed by them, and we understand they have made choice of the river line as the most facilitory, from the head of the Long Sault to Potash point, where it is to terminate.

It is established on the South side of Water street, through the town, which will cause a number of valuable buildings to be removed. It will also be the means of surpassing one of the worst obstructions to the navigation of the St. Lawrence - the Long Sault rapids. The Hydraulic privileges it will afford our inhabitants for saw, grist, and fulling mill sites will be unequalled on the route. The only delay at present to the Commissioners to put the work in operation is the funds which will, we anticipate, be forthcoming immediately. [Cornwall Observer]

Launch - On Monday, the 4th of September, at 2 o'clock, P.M., will be launched from the Ship Yard, at Brockville, the elegant Steam Boat, built by Messrs. Shey & Merritt of Montreal, and intended by the proprietors to ply between the head of the Long Sault and this place forming part of the contemplated Line of Steam Boats and Coaches from Montreal. This boat is built in the first style and when completed with her Engines of 80 horse power now being built by Mr. Wm. Avery of Syracuse, will probably be the fastest and best finished boat upon the Canadian waters. She is 145 feet on deck, and 22 1/2 feet beam, with a cabin of 84 feet in length, and intended solely for passengers. [Brockville Recorder]

Fire - Last Saturday night about 10 o'clock, the inhabitants of our Town were alarmed by the cry of fire. All immediately were in motion with the engines to subdue the devouring element, which was found to proceed from the steam-boat Canada, lying at the wharf; and which for a time threatened destruction to this convenient vessel. But happily, through timely and vigorous exertions, she was saved. The damage, though considerable, was repaired in the course of the next day - Sunday - and she proceeded on her usual trips on Monday morning. [Christian (York) Guardian]

p.3 We are sorry to say that the progress of the new steam-boat will be delayed two trips, in consequence of an accident which she has met with, of a kind unavoidably attendant upon every species of steam enginery. While on her way up the Lake, on Tuesday night, about 70 miles from Kingston, she broke her shaft. With the use of one wheel and her sails (the great utility of which is evidently seen in the present instance) she returned to this port the next day, where she will only be detained, it is supposed, for a fortnight. It is somewhat a singular circumstance that the St. George assumed the usual trips of the William IV, in consequence of the later vessel having broken the shaft of her engine; and no sooner is this accident repaired, than the St. George meets with one of the same nature, in her own engine.

Mr. Editor, - It has often been a matter of surprise to me, that the gentry of Kingston among their other amusements, have not turned their mind to the getting up of a Regatta, a recreation combining health and entertainment in their highest degree, and one which is adopted in every port in the United Kingdom. There is perhaps no place in the world better adapted for this species of manly exercise than the harbour of Kingston, whether for sailing or rowing matches, and I am sure there is no lack of craft to give effects to a grand aquatic display of the kind suggested.


- meeting to be held in Brockville will take place on 2nd September, not the 22nd, to form contemplated line of steam boats and stages.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Aug. 17, 1833