The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Jan. 31, 1835

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p.1 The Annual Report of the Board of Directors of the Welland Canal Co., 1834 - (3 columns).

p.3 Forwarding on the Ottawa and Rideau - The great body of our readers will be gratified to learn - see advertisement - that the Ottawa & Rideau Forwarding Company, who commenced their operations with so much success last year, have now completed such arrangements as will ensure to the public a cheap, safe, and expeditious route for the conveyance of freight from Montreal to Kingston.

During the last week a number of wealthy and influential gentlemen from Montreal, who are concerned in the Ottawa Company, met at this place for the purpose of conferring with our townsmen who have interested themselves in the line of the Rideau, and arranging plans for the forwarding business this year. The result is, that the three steamboats, Rideau, Margaret and Thomas McKay have been bought up by the Company, and will, in connection with the other boats to be employed, form a line by which a boat will leave the extremes of the route every day, except Sunday.

The business of the Company in Kingston will be managed by a Committee of Stockholders and a resident Agent. We learn that the Company have written to the proprietors of the steam-boats Great Britain and Cobourg with a view of employing these vessels in forwarding goods up the Lake; and as it has been determined that the St. George shall be owned in Kingston, she will probably form part of this arrangement.

For the information of such merchants as would wish to get their goods insured, on the line of the Ottawa and Rideau, we can state, that the Company mean to effect insurances, and that they will be able to do so at one half the rates charged on the St. Lawrence.

Nearly £4000 to the additional Stock of the Ottawa and Rideau Forwarding Company was last week subscribed in Kingston.

We perceive, by a late number of the Oswego Palladium, that the masters of vessels navigating the Lakes held a meeting in Oswego on the 15th of this month, "for the purpose of organizing and adopting a form of shipping articles for their vessels, and to express their views in relation to the appointment of strangers and inexperienced persons to the command of steam-boats on Lake Ontario."

Presuming that the matter is one of interest to our Lake sailors, we copy the preamble and resolutions adopted by the meeting.

"Whereas it has been the practice of owners of Steam-boats on the American side of Lake Ontario, to select for their Captains, men who were not only strangers to the navigation of the Lake, but ( in many instances within our knowledge,) even utterly ignorant, both theoretically and practically, of the profession of a sailor - and whereas, it has been customary for the said owners to supply the insufficiency of their Captains by selecting as Mate, Sailing Master, or Pilot, some practical and experienced seaman who was thoroughly acquainted with the Lake, to whose skill and experience the owners have in more than one instance been indebted for the safety of their boats and cargoes, and the passengers for their lives: And whereas, in several cases within our knowledge, Captains (unskilled and inexperienced as we know them to have been,) have not only claimed, but received from the public, as well as from their passengers, that credit, particularly in hard weather, which was only and of right due to their pilots or mates: And whereas, in our opinion we have many competent American sailors who have for years, and some from their infancy, encountered the dangers and hardships incident to the navigation of the Lake, ever indulging the hope that they, in common with their fellow men, were advancing in a progressive improvement of intelligence and experience, and keeping even pace with the growth and prosperity of the country; but by seeing an attempt made to keep them back in the onward march, and a stopper put on their further advancement, we deem it a duty we owe them and the public, thus in a body to remonstrate: That Masters of Steam-boats and Masters of Schooners should be amicably disposed towards one another, which cannot be the case under existing circumstances, for the mutual benefit of their respective vessels and owners, all will admit. The harmony existing between those persons on Lake Erie, where there are some thirty Steam-boats as well as in the case of the Great Britain and other boats on the Canada side of this Lake, the Masters of all which boats were experienced navigators of the Lakes before they were considered competent to a command by their intelligent owners, conclusively proves that our position is true -Therefore

"Resolved, That we will accept no subordinate office on board of any boat so commanded by a stranger, and as our business gives us a direct intercourse with all the Ports where Steam-boats usually touch at, we will notify our friends and the travelling public, not to jeopardize their lives and property on board of any boat under the control of an inexperienced commander.

"Resolved, That we consider the appointment of strangers to the command of Steam-boats to our exclusion, a direct insult to, and a libel on, the intelligence, experience, and gentlemanly deportment of Masters of Schooners; and that we will, as far as lies in our power, discountenance all importations of foreign Captains; for inasmuch as we have been under the necessity of creeping in at Hawse Hole before we could become Masters of our business, we cannot quietly consent to see strangers jumping in at the cabin windows, where they would unquestionably remain as mere cyphers, without the assistance of one or more of us as pilots and subordinate officers."

The Annual Meeting of the Stockholders of the Commodore Barrie Steam Boat will be held at the office of the Subscriber on Thursday next, the 5th Feb'y.

Thomas Kirkpatrick, Sec. and Treasurer.

Kingston, 31st Jan., 1835.

Notice - A Meeting of the Stockholders of the Ottawa & Rideau Forwarding Company will be held at the Commercial Hotel, on Tuesday next, the 3rd of February. A full attendance is requested. Kingston, 31st Jan., 1835.


Through The Route of the Rideau Canal.

Ottawa & Rideau Forwarding Co's Office,

Kingston, Jan. 28th, 1835.

The Public are respectfully informed that the Ottawa & Rideau Forwarding Company are now making extensive improvements in their Line, having added to it new and powerful Steamers, large decked Barges, etc., and have now the control and management of the whole line from Montreal to Kingston.

They will have extensive Stores at the above mentioned places, and will be prepared at the opening of the navigation to receive and forward all Goods that may be consigned to them, with safety and despatch.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Jan. 31, 1835