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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), July 1, 1835

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p.3 Let our readers suppose an impossibility - an oblong square piece of timber 108 feet long, by 31 feet broad, and about 10 feet thick. Groove a channel through the middle of the upper surface of this, 72 feet long, 9 feet wide and 10 inches deep. Go on quite through the block, the remainder of the length, and turn it over. Now scoop it out in the roomiest manner possible, to receive a double low- pressure engine of 28 horse power each - 2 Ladies' Cabins, in the prongs of the fork, each having eight births inclining to midships, and lighted - the starboard one by 2, the larboard by 3 Cabin windows; and 4 or 5 side scuttles, with a forecabin the whole breadth, and galleries running to the after Cabins, by each side of the Central apartment for the Engine. - And let them further conceive this to be a steamer, lightly but closely timbered, and substantially sheathed and planked, with a double rudder adding three feet to its length, and then have as good an idea of the Nonsuch, as we profess ourselves able to give them. We have not quite done yet however, the paddle wheel is placed amidships where the 10 inch groove ends, and is a little too large being, if we recollect rightly, from 18 to 20 feet diameter, a foot and a half of which is to be removed. The railing is continued quite round the Boat, and going aft from one gangway to the other, supports a number of pillars on which a respectable promenade deck rests. The Gentlemen's Cabin is under this, 24 feet by 20, and to contain 16 births (sic,) but one of the Ladies Cabins will often, in all probability, be appropriated to their use.

The Nonsuch belongs to the Ottawa and Rideau Forwarding Company, was built on the river, in the spring when the water was low, and so among other of her peculiarities, may be said never to have been launched, but actually lifted by her "native element" when the flood rose. She is merely experimental, - one of the reasons why we have been so particular in attempting to describe her, - but from trial she has exceeded the expectations entertained of her; drawing but about 2 1/2 feet, and going from 5 to 7 knots through the water, with 3 inches of steam to spare. Besides every thing is new and of course stiff about her. Lieutenant W. Squire, R.N. is in command of this all but nondescript, who we are assured, from his great suavity of manners will give general satisfaction. In conclusion, we cannot say that the Nonsuch is a handsome boat, but paint, and all the other adventitious garnishings, will make her extreme oddity much less conspicuous. She is intended as a tow boat chiefly between Lachine and the Carillon, and is admirably adapted to the purpose.

letter to Editor, written on steamer St. George, about poor times in Upper Canada as compared to the States.



June 26th - Steamer Bytown, Capt. Robins, with Barge Elegant in tow (list of consignees).

28th - The Steamer Nonsuch, Capt. Squire, having Barge Trade in tow, loaded with merchandise (list of consignees).

29th - The Thomas McKay, Capt. Chambers, with merchandise and passengers.


28th - Steamer Bytown, with passengers, and having barge Francis in tow, loaded with merchandise (list of consignees).

29th - Steamer Thomas McKay, with passengers; Steamer Nonsuch, with barge Trade, loaded with merchandise (list of consignees).


Arrangements having been made by the above Company, notice is hereby given, that the following Steam Vessels will leave Kingston and Bytown on the days undermentioned, at day light.

From Kingston.

On Tuesday, the Thos. McKay, Capt. Chambers.

On Thursday, the Rideau, Capt. Bowen.

On Saturday, the Bytown, Capt. Robins.

On Sunday, the Margaret, Capt. Morehouse.

From Bytown

On Sunday, the Rideau, Capt. Bowen.

On Wednesday, the Bytown, Capt. Robins.

On Thursday, the Margaret, Capt. Morehouse.

On Friday or Saturday, T. McKay, Capt. Chambers.

For freight or passage, apply to the respective Captains on Board, or to

G. Brush, Agent.

Kingston, June 29th, 1835.

- results of meeting to discuss Engineer Mill's plans; another committee formed to proceed.

The Steam Boat


Will, until further Notice, perform her trips up the Bay of Quinte on Tuedays and Fridays, and return on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Will leave Prescott for Kingston and the Bay on Monday and Thursday Evenings, after the arrival of the Boats from below.

Will leave Kingston for Prescott on Sunday and Wednesday Evenings.

Passengers for Montreal leaving Kingston by this Boat on Sunday Evening, may be sure of meeting the Montreal line at Prescott on Monday Morning, as the boat leaves expressly for that purpose at 5 P.M.

Kingston, June 27th, 1835.

Notice - Four Shares of the Steam Boat Commodore Barrie will be sold by Public Auction on Saturday next. Time will be given for payment. For particulars enquire of Thomas Kirkpatrick, Esq.

Kingston, July 1st, 1835. William Johnstone.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), July 1, 1835