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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Aug. 26, 1835

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[Toronto Patriot]

Steamboat St. George, 12th Aug., 1835.

We, the undersigned, having travelled from Oswego to Toronto, in the above named boat, take the present opportunity of laying before the Public, the following statement, thereby denying, in toto, the reports set afloat by interested individuals, that she was unsafe and uncomfortable together, many other insinuations likely to create distrust in the minds of the travelling community.

We found her to be a safe, comfortable, clean, and well arranged boat, and the Captain a most urbane, gentlemanly, and attentive person, and highly respected by his crew, who are a sober, well conducted set of men. Such being the case, we have no hesitation in recommending the St. George to visitors to the Falls or elsewhere, notwithstanding the dishonorable means used by persons whose names we do not wish to lay before the public, as we feel convinced that all who favor her with their support, will agree with us in what we have now stated. (signed by 15 passengers)

On Thursday evening last, about six o'clock, the Commodore Barrie, on her passage from Oswego to Cobourg, when between Nicholson Island and Point Peter Light House, encountered a tremendous gale from the W.S.W., and the night being very dark, and the sea running very high, the Captain was obliged to run her for Bath, where she arrived a little after daylight on Friday morning. She sailed again that afternoon for the place of her former destination, and had once more nearly made Point Peter Light House, when the gale again became as strong as before, with the sea running as high, the Captain was obliged to bring her to anchor at the False Ducks, where she remained till Saturday morning, about ten o'clock, when the Captain again proceeded for Cobourg, although it was then blowing hard, and the sea still running high, and arrived there in safety about seven o'clock that afternoon. The Commodore Barrie is worthy of her name, and her Captain is worthy of her. The following Card from the passengers pay a just tribute to both.


The undersigned passengers in the Steam Boat Commodore Barrie, now on her way from Oswego to Lewiston, would very gratefully acknowledge the guardianship of Almighty God, in their preservation amid the perils of the last forty-eight hours; and would render to Capt. Sinclair, their cordial thanks for his unremitted care and courtesy; as also the assurance of their entire satisfaction, with the prudence and skill displayed by him, in the management of his fine vessel, on the bosom of a boisterous lake.

Steam Boat Commodore Barrie, off Cobourg,

Saturday evening, August 22nd, 1835.

(signed by 16 passengers)

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Aug. 26, 1835