The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Nov. 16, 1833

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p.2 Navigation of the Trent - railroad interests at Cobourg conflict with building of canal. [Montreal Gazette]

The steamer Great Britain, after a season of successful employment, is laid up for the winter at Messrs. McPherson & Crane's wharf, in this port. The beautiful steamer William IV will take another trip to York and the head of the Lake on the 13th inst. and, on her return will be laid up alongside the Great Britain. Success to William IV and Great Britain, the United Kingdom not excepted. [Prescott Gazette]

The New Steam Boat Cobourg - This new and elegant Steam Boat, which was built at Cobourg last summer, by Mr. Hathaway, made a trip, on trial, from York to Niagara, on Thursday, under the command of Captain McIntosh, and having on board several of the proprietors. She performed the distance between these towns, reckoning from the moment she left the wharf at York, until her arrival at the Niagara landing place, in the short time of three hours and a half, which, considering the new, untried and rough state of every part of her machinery, may be looked on as decisive of the excellence and power of her works, and as a very favourable proof of her future speed. At one time, we learn, her speed attained the extraordinary rate of 16 miles an hour, at which time, the height of her steam never exceeded 10 inches, although it is calculated to work regularly at 15 inches. This rate was attained on the last six miles of her route back to York, measuring them from a mark on the Light-house point to the York wharf, a distance which she performed in 22 minutes. It is necessary to observe that during the first trial of her capacity, that is from York to Niagara, her speed suffered a considerable drawback from some imperfections in the feeder pipe preventing the use of one of her engines for nearly 5 miles.

The Cobourg measures 150 feet keel and 25 feet beam. She is worked by two engines of 50 horse power each, with wheels abaft the beam, and 21 feet in diameter, and calculated to make 19 revolutions in a minute, when the steam is raised 10 inches. The length of the gentlemen's cabin is about 90 feet, with sleeping accommodations for upwards of 40 passengers. The ladies' cabin is above, on deck, 36 feet long, and arranged to accommodate16 passengers. Her entire cost will exceed £10,000. [Cobourg Star]

The Niagara Harbour and Dock Company in this Town, have got their useful undertaking so far completed, as to be enabled to commence operations during the present month. This enterprising Company has been at an immense expense, in progressing the work thus far - and from the accommodation and facilities it will afford to the different crafts on the lake for expeditiously repairing, and thereby save a great loss of time, it is to be hoped their exertions will be properly appreciated.

The completion of this work will be an incalculable benefit to Niagara - as also a vast saving to masters of vessels; expediting the refitting of shipping, and inducing such to resort to our river, and thereby causing an outlay of capital among our town's people. The projectors of this work deserve well the thanks of our inhabitants. [Niagara Gleaner]

The Steam-Boat United States was yesterday laid up for the season. Too much credit cannot be awarded to Capt. Van Dewater for his punctuality and urbane conduct as commander of this splendid boat, and great praise is due to Messrs. Tylor and Taylor, the Pilot and Engineer, for the strict attention and skilful manner in which they have performed their respective duties. The boat has made 29 trips during the season, 27 of which were to the head of the lake, and in no instance, in her regular trips, did she fail of starting at the precise hour mentioned in her bill. This boat has richly rewarded her enterprising proprietors and added much to the active business of our village; and we cannot but hope another will soon be added to the line, equal, for it scarcely can be superior, to the one which has done so much credit to the country whose name she bears. [Ogdensburgh Republican]

p.3 Notice - At a meeting of the Building Committee of the new Bay and River Steam Boat held 5th Nov. 1833, it was resolved that the second instalment of ten per cent on the Stock subscribed be called in, payable to the Treasurer on or before the 25th of November inst.

Stafford F. Kirkpatrick,

Kingston, 6th November, 1833. Acting Sec. & Treas.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Nov. 16, 1833