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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), April 19, 1834

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p.1 St. Lawrence Canal - work to go ahead. [Cornwall Observer]

p.2 We are informed that the naval department at Kingston contracted privately with Mr. Robert Drummond to transport 2000 tons of naval stores and luggage to Montreal, by the Rideau Canal, at double the usual price. If this report has any foundation in fact, we must consider it an unprecedented expenditure of the public monies, and contrary to the general usage of letting Government contracts. It has been the practice hitherto to advertise such contracts for a certain time, that any person, desirous of engaging, might have an opportunity of sending in his proposals, and the Agents, or Commissioners, to award it to the lowest bidder, without favor or affection to any one. [Grenville Gazette, April 15th]

We have published the above article from the Grenville Gazette, in order that we may give it a prompt contradiction. The Editor will see by reference to the Chronicles published in February that the Government Contract for Transport on the St. Lawrence and Rideau Canal was publicly advertised for some weeks. We are officially informed that Mr. Drummond tendered for the contract in the customary manner, and received it because he gave in the lowest tender, which tender may be seen by any person who will take the trouble to call at the office of the Master Shipwright, Kingston Dock Yard. We are also informed that this worthy officer intends prosecuting for the falsehood contained in the Grenville Gazette.

p.3 Notice - The water was this day let into the Welland Canal, which will be open for Navigation throughout as soon as a vessel can approach it from any Port on Lakes Erie or Ontario. The ice has been clear on Lake Erie above Port Colborne for some days.

John Clark, Sec'y W.C. Co.

Welland Canal Office,

St. Catharines, April 8th, 1834.


The Steamboat


(Propelled By Two Powerful Low Pressure Engines,)

Capt. R.J. Van Dewater,

Having had her cabins and accommodations for passengers enlarged and improved, has commenced her regular trips for the season.

She will leave the different ports as follows, viz.:


Ogdensburgh on every Sunday, at 5 P.M.

Kingston, U.C. Monday, at 6 P.M.

Sackets Harbor Monday, 12 M.

Oswego Monday, 10 P.M.

Rochester Landing Tuesday, 8 A.M.

Toronto (York) U.C. Tuesday, 9 P.M.

Arrives at Lewiston early on Wednesday morning, giving passengers all the day to visit the Falls, and return by the boat.


Lewiston on every Wednesday, 8 P.M.

Rochester Landing Thursday, 8 A.M.

Oswego Thursday, 5 P.M.

Sackets Harbor Thursday, 11 P.M.

Kingston, U.C. Friday, 7 A.M.

Touching at French Creek, Alexandria, Brockville and Morristown, and arriving at Ogdensburgh on Friday evening, passing that most interesting part of the scenery from the Lake to Ogdensburgh, by day-light, and enabling passengers leaving Niagara on Wednesday evening to arrive at Montreal on Saturday.

April 1st, 1834.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), April 19, 1834