Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), May 3, 1834
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p.1 Steamboat Navigation from Lake Ontario to the Hudson - report of the Select Committee of the New York House of Assembly on the petition of inhabitants of Oswego County. (2 1/2 columns)

p.2 A Public Spirited Enterprise - William Patton has constructed a small cutter of 30 tons at his coves Pointe Levi, with a Well for live fish, on the plan of Thames and Scotch fishing smacks. [Old Quebec Gazette]

p.3 Steam Boats - There are now 19 steamboats plying to and from this harbour, viz.: Great Britain, St. George, United Kingdom, William IV, Cobourg, Sir James Kempt, Britannia, Kingston, Rideau, Thomas McKay, Toronto, Margaret, and Enterprise - British boats; and United States, Oswego, William Avery, Carroll, Black Hawk and Caroline - American boats. For purposes of pleasure or commerce, a person may scarcely want an opportunity of employing a steam-boat at any hour of the day.

The Enterprise, from Perth, ( the first arrival for the season by the way of the Rideau Canal,) came in last evening. She had no difficulty in coming through the route, finding it free of all obstructions. She also passed from the Ferry through the locks of the Tay Canal to Perth and back again without hindrance. The Enterprise, we believe, intends so to arrange her trips, that passengers coming down in the St. George may take their passage through the Canal. We sincerely hope that the public spirited individuals who have embarked their capital on the waters of the Rideau may meet a rich reward.

The St. George, it will be perceived by advertisement, has altered her route. She now touches at Cobourg and Ogdensburg in addition to her former stopping places, and there is some change in the time of leaving the intermediate ports. Those newspapers that have been previously directed to publish the advertisement of the St. George are requested to alter it, so as to correspond with the one in this day's paper.

We were visited on Tuesday by a new and elegant steamboat, the Oswego, of Oswego, which, although seen under disadvantage, being not yet fully furnished, promises to become a very convenient and fast-going vessel. We shall speak of her hereafter.

On Wednesday evening, the pride of the North American Lakes, the princely Great Britain, again made her welcome appearance in our harbour. She has undergone alterations during the winter by which her speed is materially increased, and also presents other beneficial improvements. Under the urbane and experienced command of Capt. Whitney, she will receive, as heretofore, the Liberal patronage of the public.

Notice - At a meeting of the Building Committee of the new Bay and River Steam Boat held 28th April inst., it was resolved that a further instalment of ten per cent upon the shares subscribed, be called in, payable to the Treasurer on or before the 20th day of May next.

Stafford F. Kirkpatrick,

Acting Secretary and Treasurer.

Kingston, 29th April, 1834.

For the Chronicle & Gazette.

Mr. Editor: Sir - The season of business having arrived, I beg leave to call the attention of the Merchants of the Bay of Quinte to a subject which is interesting to the whole community. On the Bay we have three fine steamers running, each two trips a week, which furnish a daily communication with Prescott, and certainly afford every facility in travelling that the public can desire; even the rates of passage are moderate, considering the comfort enjoyed on board of the Britannia, Sir James Kempt and Kingston. Thus far I praise; but now, Sir, what I complain of is this, - that the rate of freight from Prescott to the head of the Lake is nine pence per cwt., and here we are charged one shilling for every 112 lbs., Avoirdupois, for half the distance! Is this fair, or to be suffered? when the profits of every other business is greatly reduced, I say no! public opinion is against it, and it must be reduced!

I regret that the Merchants of the Bay are so little informed as regards the Rideau Canal, as I know there is a general desire to encourage that route; but it is a new channel of doing business, which we are not yet acquainted with. If barges were sent to the Bay to take produce, I think the run of the business would go that way. We suffer much on board of the River Craft, by damage to wheat, flour, and ashes which we never recover from the underwriters.

A Merchant.

Bay Quinte, 1st May, 1834.

The New and Elegant



(propelled by two low pressure engines,)

R.B. Macy, Master,

Has just been completed with superior accommodations, and will commence her trips on Lake Ontario, for the present season, on the 30th of April inst., and run as follows:

On her Passage up the Lake, she will leave

Ogdensburgh on Wednesday, at 9 A.M.

Kingston, U.C. Thursday, 6 A.M.

Sacket's Harbor do. 12 M.

Oswego do. 10 P.M.

Rochester Friday 8 A.M.

Toronto (late York) U.C. do. 6 P.M.

arriving at Youngstown and Lewiston early on Saturday morning.

On her Passage down the Lake, she will leave

Lewiston on Sunday, at 8 P.M.

Rochester Monday, at 8 A.M.

Oswego do. 5 P.M.

Sacket's Harbor do. 11 P.M.

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

and arrive at Ogdensburgh the same evening. The Boat will touch at French Creek, Alexandria, Brockville and Morristown, both going to, and returning from Ogdensburgh.

Oswego, April 25th, 1834.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), May 3, 1834