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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Sept. 13, 1834

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p.1 Town of Port Hope - mentions harbour and commencement of Port Hope and Rice Lake Canal. [Port Hope Warder, 19th]

p.2 Lady of the Lake has boiler explosion at Quebec, the first on the river during the 23 years of steam navigation. [Montreal Daily Advertiser, Sept 10th]

[Grenville Gazette]

Another Steam Race Between the Great Britain and the United States, from Toronto to Niagara. Particulars from the Log book of the Great Britain.

The Great Britain arrived at Toronto on Thursday the 5th; the United States came in on Friday morning at 4 o'clock with the intention of remaining half an hour - found the G.B. there - shot up a Rocket, rung her bell long enough to rouse the crew of the G.B. - enquired when the G.B. would start - was told at 8 o'clock, and quarter before 8, the G.B. was wheeling round at the wharf, the U.States cast off, and away she went. When nearly one mile from the wharf, she saw the G.B. returning to the wharf to wait her time of starting. They observed to some of their passengers, "come on with your Britain - they are cowards - they dare not come. Capt. Van Dewater, who detests Steam Boat racing so bad, immediately puts about and returns to the wharf, when nearly abreast of the G.B. - stops her engines, and at five minutes past 8, the G.B. starts from the wharf, and the U. S. as soon as she saw the G.B. move, when about three lengths from the wharf, the U.S. made towards the G.B. with every appearance of running her bow sprit into the G.B.'s wheel house; fortunately she was not fast enough; she struck the G.B. in the after gang way on her larboard side, broke a hickory fender 18 inches in diameter, two oak stanchions, stove in her bulwarks, smashed the G.B.'s young one (jolly boat) besides doing considerable damage otherwise to freight which was stowed on that side. If the Captain had stopped the engines of the United States, all this could have been avoided, and Captain Van Dewater would have had some excuse. The G. Britain took the lead and kept it out of the bay, and as soon as she came in deep water she bid her Good Morning, and in two hours and fifty five minutes was along side the wharf in Niagara, and in six minutes after the U. States arrived at the wharf on the American side, one mile below the Great Britain. Had she kept on untill she came abreast of the G.B. she would have been at least ten minutes in coming up. We are informed by a respectable gentleman, that the United States had very superior wood, and that their crew on board deserves all possible praise for their exertions; every time there was wood put into the furnaces of the U.S. there was a man with a pail of oil and a dipper to throw into the fire, and another with a ball of tallow to raise the heat. The G. Britain has not had worse wood this season than she had this trip. She was unprepared for the United States, as she had not been there before for the last six weeks until this time. She evidently came there prepared to give the Great Britain a flogging, as the Capt. had left word at Youngstown and at the Falls, that the G. Britain should be beaten this week, but she has come off as usual "second best" AGAIN!!

West Lake and Hallowell Bay Canal - yet another plan for a canal. [Hallowell Free Press]

On last Saturday afternoon we were visited by the splendid new Steam-Boat Commodore Barrie, built at Kingston by Capt. Gildersleeve, of the Sir James Kempt. To judge from her speed in her approach to, and departure from the harbour we certainly think her not excelled (if equalled) by any boat on the Lake. The arrangements on board are truly comfortable as well as commodious. Her size from appearance, about that of the William IV. The gentlemen's cabin is rather more extensive than the Wm.'s - the Ladies' about the same size - berths tastefully as well as ornamentally fitted up. The boilers being below, renders her more spacious upon deck, and she is propelled by two beautiful low-pressure engines made by Messrs. Ward of Montreal, which will no doubt add another confirmation to the durability as they do to elegance to Engines manufactured by these gentlemen.

To crown all, among a numerous assemblage of passengers, we recognized the weatherbeaten visage of the Captain himself. We regret to learn however that he is not to command her personally; and only came up this time for the purpose of testing her capabilities for the Lake navigation, and to establish her trips. We were pleased to see the display of feeling manifested by all upon the wharf at her departure, in giving three cheers, which were of course returned with interest, and we beg to assure the veteran Captain, that although his friends in this place are not to have the pleasure of frequently seeing him on board hereafter, he will nevertheless retain their warmest wishes for his continued prosperity, wherever he may brave the storm, and further that the Commodore Barrie will unquestionably meet with her due portion of the patronage of this Town. [Port Hope Warder]

STEAM BOAT RAPID - A General meeting of the stockholders of the Steam Boat Rapid will take place on Board the Boat, at Prescott on Monday the 22nd instant at 4 o'clock P.M. on business of importance. A full attendance of the stockholders is earnestly requested.

By order of the Committee, H. Norton, Sec'y.

Prescott, September 9th, 1834.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Sept. 13, 1834