Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), April 20, 1836
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p.2 Duties on British Produce At the American Ports on Lake Ontario - favourably reduced - eg. lumber duties at Oswego will be reduced.

-letter to editor about misuse of funds at Welland Canal.

p.3 A Faint Picture of Our Town, Improvement, Commerce, Trade, etc. - a new spirit of prosperity noticed in Kingston -

"...First in magnitude, character, and appearance, we mention, as a matter of course, the unrivalled Queen of our waters, The Great Britain. This excellent Boat has, during the winter, undergone material improvements, and has been fitted up with such perfection of taste, that its present appearance greatly surpasses its former elegance. We cannot, in this hasty notice, dwell particularly upon those improvements, but it will be quite sufficient to say, that all have been done under the immediate direction of Capt. Whitney, whose well known taste in these matters well accords with his universally admired ability and prompt and undeviating attention to every thing connected with his business. It has been waggishly remarked that the six rich and Ornamental Balls which are added to this boat will be regarded as an entertainment and an attraction by more classes of society than one!

The beautiful steamer Com. Barrie has undergone expensive repairs and improvements. The boilers, etc. are new, and it is expected that the speed of this boat will be greatly increased. She is to be under the command of Capt. Patterson, formerly of the schooner Union, of Port Hope, and the travelling public have a right to expect much from the well known urbanity of his character.

The pride of the Bay of Quinte, the Kingston, is under the charge of Captain Bonter of Belleville. Mr. Watt, our late Deputy Sheriff for this town, is the purser, and will doubtless distinguish himself by his promptness and attention. The Kempt has underwent necessary improvements, and will lose nothing in the estimation of the public from its being under the direction of Capt. Baker, of acknowledged merit and general popularity.

The Ottawa and Rideau Canal Forwarding Company have been improving the Bytown, the Rideau, the Margaret, and are building another boat, which it is expected will equal if not exceed any on the line. It is worthy of remark, that particular preparations have been made by the Company for the convenience and comfort of travellers, to whom that route must present many attractions, passing as it does through a great extent of country hitherto little known, and replete with interest and curiosity. The Company have also a number of covered barges lying here, which will ply between this and Montreal. As soon as the Canal is open, these numerous crafts will be in active operation, and there is every prospect that the Company will this season do an unusually extensive business.

In addition to our numerous Schooners, a new one is building by our Townsman, Mr. Ives.

If no other proof could be given of our increasing commercial prosperity, we would only need to mention the fact, that notwithstanding the number of our old Wharfs, there are now building and nearly completed three extensive new ones, the Commercial Wharf at the foot of Store Street, by the enterprising owner of the Commercial Hotel, Mr. Truax, second by that enterprising friend of improvement, Mr. Counter, the third by Mr. Garret.

A Marine Rail Way is constructing near Mr. Yarker's Foundry by Mr. McIntyre and is nearly completed. It is on an economical plan - its construction is exceedingly simple, and although designed for the smaller craft yet if enlarged would doubtless answer the purpose for the largest vessel sailing our Lakes. The builder has undertaken the work at his own instance and expense, and the mechanical knowledge and the enterprise he has manifested are indeed beyond all praise.

A Company lately formed in Kingston are about commencing a second Marine Rail Way on a larger scale than the above, and have, we are informed, adopted for this purpose the plan of Messrs. Maine and Macintosh. Of this plan not having seen it, we are unable to speak.

We have thus in the hurry of the moment, just as we are going to press, thrown these facts together, without pretending to do the different improvements referred to any thing like justice, and shall at our leisure resume them. We had intended to have spoken of the great improvements making upon Garden Island, but the Devil (printers devil) is at our elbow bawling for copy, and we must forbear. In the meantime let no one dare to speak of the dullness or decline of Kingston.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), April 20, 1836