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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), April 5, 1834

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p.1 Ship and Steam Boat Canal to Lake Ontario - Utica petition to N.Y. legislature. (full column)

p.2 Steam Boats - The steam-boat navigation has commenced, and our harbour is again gladdened with the sight of these useful and beautiful auxiliaries in the cause of Canadian commerce.

Lake Boats.

The St. George, (who from her size and capacity among our town boats first claims our notice,) is nearly ready for sea. During the winter this vessel has undergone requisite and essential alterations in her engine, which will enable her to maintain without interruption the character she has acquired for an excellent, seaworthy vessel. Under the command of so experienced an officer as Capt. Harper, the St. George takes the very first rank among our Lake boats. She will commence her regular trips for the season on Friday the 18th instant, as follows:

"Will leave Prescott every Friday evening after the arrival of the Montreal stages, and will start by Saturday mid-day from Kingston for Oswego, and leave Oswego every Saturday night for Toronto, Burlington Bay, and Niagara. On her return trip, the St. George will leave Niagara every Tuesday for Oswego, Kingston, and Prescott, at which latter place she will arrive in time for passengers to take the Brockville steamboat on Wednesday evening. By this route passengers will arrive at Montreal on Thursday evening."

That monarch of the Lake, the Great Britain, we perceive by the Grenville Gazette, will be ready to take her place on Tuesday the 29th instant. Her cabins have been much improved, and she has been supplied with new and superior boilers.

The William IV is expected to be here during tomorrow or Monday.

The Queenston is to run hereafter at the head of the Lake.

The United Kingdom, whom the imaginative editor of the Grenville Gazette compared to a "Highland Ram," will probably come into our harbour some morning, snoring and puffing as usual.

The new Cobourg, of which report has spoken so favourably, has been looked for during the last three days.

On the American side, the United States has advertised her trips, by which she touches at Kingston the same as last year. Of the route of the new boat Oswego, built at Oswego, we are not yet acquainted; nor of the steam-boats plying from Sackets Harbour, etc. Bay and River Boats

The indefatigable and successful Sir James Kempt pointed her prow towards her old acquaintance, the Bay of Quinte, on Thursday last - again to "win golden opinions from all sorts of people."

Capt. Gildersleeve, of the Kempt, is now building a steamboat of a very pretty model, designed by Mr. Ewen. She is 133 feet long, 8 feet 9 inches in hold, 38 feet extreme breadth, and is to be worked by two engines of 35 horsepower each, of Ward's manufacture. She is modelled for swiftness, and will, we are confident, be one of our fastest and handsomest boats. We are informed she will be called the Cataraqui, the ancient name of the spot on which Kingston stands, and as it is now the fashion for reviving the Indian titles, we know of none more suitable or "euphonical" than the one by which we hope the worthy "Commodore" will designate his beautiful craft. Speaking of names: When it was mentioned the other day, that Captain Gildersleeve meant to call his new boat, the Monarch, a gentleman who is a most accomplished but incorrigible punster, said - that, thinking of the boat's destination and of the song of "Roy's Wife of Aldivalloch," he should suggest that she be called a "canty queen" (Quinte Queen.)

The Britannia is already engaged in her trips. It is one of the finest enjoyments of a Kingstonian to be travelling on this pleasant boat "with the blue above and the blue below," and, when the time comes, a good dinner, etc. under the ubiquitary superintendence of so good a marine as Captain Herchmer.

Several improvements have been made to the new and very fast going boat, Kingston, Capt. Ives. Mr. Parker has some intention, we are told, of running her to the head of the Long Sault, if practicable.

The venerable Toronto, or Perseverance, (we do not know which,) like the Wandering Jew, we presume, is doomed never to die. She has recently undergone another metamorphosis, - from the caterpillar into the butterfly. We wish her success. In Oriental language, "May she live for ever!"

Rideau Canal.

Mr. Drummond's steam-boats, the Rideau and Margaret, are fitting up, to be in readiness on the opening of the Canal. Their enterprising proprietor will, we hope, reap an abundant reward for his exertions.

A new boat, built by Messrs. Yarker, Vanalstine, and Bennett, and intended for the Rideau, was launched this week, and called the Thomas McKay. This vessel is 105 feet long, 28 1/2 extreme breadth. 6 1/2 feet depth of hold, and will be worked by an engine of 25 horsepower. There are 20 berths in the gentlemen's cabin, and 12 in the ladies', and both cabins are to be fitted up in a superior style for the accommodation of passengers. A promenade deck extends forward and aft over the boat. She draws 2 1/2 feet aft, and 16 inches forward. We hope these spirited efforts to increase the trade on the Rideau Canal will be crowned with the success which they justly deserve.

The Enterprise, belonging to Perth, which was fitted up in our harbour last year, will also, no doubt, take her place on the line of the Canal.

To the Proprietors and Managing Committees of the Various Steamboats Touching at Kingston - they should not be running on Sunday - signed by Robert D. Cartwright of St. George's Church.

We were visited on Sunday last by the new steam-boat Brockville intended to ply from our port to the Head of the Long Sault. Although we did not see her, those who did pronounce her an elegant boat. The following notice of her is from the Ogdensburgh Republican:

"The Steamer Brockville, Capt. Hilliard, arrived here yesterday, in seven hours from Kingston, including stoppages, on her first trip between Kingston and the head of the Long Sault Rapids. - She is a beautiful model, and sits like a swan upon the water; her internal arrangements are made with taste and elegance; her machinery appears to be excellent, and altogether she reflects the highest credit upon the enterprising proprietors, and the flourishing village where she was launched and the name of which she bears."

p.3 We understand that a number of the Merchants of Belleville are building a ferry boat to be propelled by two horses, to run between Belleville and Hennessy's Point; it is expected to be completed by the first of June next. We think it will be a profitable concern. The shares sold well. [Hallowell Free Press]


At a Meeting of the Stockholders of the Steam Boat Cobourg, held in their Office, in the City of Toronto, on the 25th instant, J.F. Smith was called to the Chair, and Silas Burnham appointed Secretary, when the following Resolutions were unanimously adopted:

Moved by W.H. Draper, Esq. and seconded by T.M. Jones, Esq.

1. Resolved, - That the number of Shares in the Steam Boat Cobourg, held by persons residing in, or near the City of Toronto, amounts to Two Hundred and Six, being the largest portion of the Capital employed in building that vessel.

Moved by J.B. Willard, seconded by Wm. Ketchum.

2. Resolved, - That the number of Shares in the Cobourg, held by persons residing in, or about the Village of Cobourg, does not exceed One Hundred and Twenty Five, of which a portion consists of New Stock, which is not yet fully paid up.

Moved by J.D. Harris, seconded by T. Milburn.

3. Resolved, - That although Articles of Association, or rather Minutes of Articles of Association were prepared, they have not been signed by many of the Stockholders, nor even submitted for their consent and approbation.

Moved by W.H. Draper, Esq. seconded by T. Mair.

4. Resolved, - That the Subscribers of Shares in the Cobourg, could not by any Articles of Association, invest themselves with a corporate capacity, but became and are part owners of that vessel, entitled to the legal rights, and subject to the legal liabilities of part owners.

Moved by T. Milburn, seconded by A. Hamilton.

5. Resolved, - That as part owners, the Subscribers of Shares in the Cobourg, have a legal right to empower any person they may please to act for them, and in their name and behalf, in any matter relating to that vessel, unless they had restricted that right by an Agreement mutually entered into.

Moved by J.R. Armstrong, seconded by H. Piper.

6. Resolved, - That the meeting held at Cobourg, on Monday the 3rd day of March, instant, was in conformity to the articles of Association, and that then and there, the following persons were duly elected by a large majority for the ensuing year, viz.: E. Perry, Charles M'Intosh, Thomas D. Harris, Silas Burnham, W.S. Conger, James R. Armstrong, and James F. Smith.

Moved by Thomas Mair, seconded by Wm. Ketchum.

7. Resolved, - That we have learned with surprise and indignation, that since that Meeting, a part of the Stockholders residing in Cobourg, and who hold a minor portion of Shares, have assumed the right of altering the proceedings then adopted, and declaring other persons Members of the Committee of Management, denying to part owners, and Shareholders in the Cobourg, who were not present, the right of appointing an Attorney to consent in their name, to the nomination of that Committee, although no such objection was made when the above named Committee was chosen, and altho' there is nothing in the Articles of Association, by which the unquestionable right which every private individual has, of appointing an Attorney to transact his business, whether separate or in partnership with others, is restrained.

Moved by Geo. Munro, Esq., seconded by Thos. Milburn.

8. Resolved, - That in becoming part owners of this Vessel, we never contemplated giving to the resident part owners at the Village of Cobourg, any right, or power, other than that we claim to hold in common with them, and still less, did we intend to subject ourselves to the inconvenience of a journey to Cobourg for the mere purpose of exercising a right which we are fully capable of delegating to any Agent or Attorney in whom we have confidence.

Moved by the Hon. P. Robinson, seconded by T.M. Jones, Esq.

9. Resolved, - That we do not recognize the persons named in the Circular of W.S. Conger, dated 17th March instant, as constituting the Committee of Management of the Steam Boat Cobourg, and it is the desire of this Meeting that the Committee, or a majority of them, named in the 6th Resolution, do select and appoint fit and proper persons to navigate and manage the said Vessel, and fix the remuneration to be allowed such, for their services.

Moved by T.M. Jones, Esq., seconded by the Hon. P. Robinson.

10. Resolved, - That the Committee of Management before named, be requested to call a Meeting of the Shareholders of the Cobourg, for the purpose of revising the Articles of Association, and putting an end to any difference of opinion that may have arisen as to their rights - said Meeting to be held on board the Boat in the Port of the City of Toronto, on Monday, the 5th day of May next, at eleven o'clock A.M.

Moved by Geo. Munro, Esq. seconded by J.D. Harris.

11. Resolved, - That these Resolutions be published in the Courier of Upper Canada, the Cobourg Star, the Kingston Chronicle and the Montreal Gazette.

James Smith, Chairman.

Silas Burnham, Secretary.

City of Toronto, March 25th,1834.



At a Meeting of the majority of the Committee for the Steam Boat Cobourg, held this day, in this place, it was Resolved, That James F. Smith, Esq. be Chairman; Captain Charles M'Intosh, Treasurer; and Silas Burnham, Secretary, for the ensuing year.

S. Burnham, Secretary.

Office Steam Boat Cobourg,

City of Toronto, March 25th, 1834.


Notice is hereby given, that all Monies due in Stock in the Steam Boat Cobourg be paid to me, as no receipts given by any other person or persons is valid, I being the only person duly authorized by the Committee to receive the same, - also, all applications for stock must be made to me, and the conditions of payment complied with.

Charles McIntosh, Treasurer.

Office Steam Boat Cobourg,

City of Toronto, 27th March, 1834.

Notice is hereby given that no debts contracted by any person or persons, for or on account of the Steam Boat Cobourg, will be paid, unless the same be contracted under the authority of the Chairman or Treasurer.

By Order of the Board,

Silas Burnham, Secretary.

City of Toronto, 26th March, 1834.


In conformity with the Tenth Resolution, passed by a Meeting of the Stockholders of the Steam Boat Cobourg, held at their Office in this city, on the 25th instant, a Meeting of the Stockholders will take place on Board of said Boat, in the Port of Toronto, on Monday the 5th day of May next, at 11 o'clock A.M. for the purposes set forth in the Resolution referred to.

Silas Burnham, Secretary.

Office of Steam Boat Cobourg, City of Toronto, 26th March, 1834.

Notice to Creditors of Archibald McDonell, Forwarding Merchant, Kingston - a first dividend of three shillings in the pound has been declared. John Strange, 28th March, 1834.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), April 5, 1834