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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), May 7, 1836

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We are happy to announce to our trading friends that the Ottawa and Rideau Forwarding Company have commenced business for the season on the canal, which, we learn, is free of ice. The steam-boat Bytown left this port this morning, on her way to Bytown, and is in most admirable condition for business. No pains have been spared in fitting her up in such style as must prove most agreeably inviting to the traveller, who will find no occasion to complain of the accommodations offered to his acceptance. This boat is in the charge of Capt. Bowen, who, unless we greatly err in guessing, is admirably well calculated for the discharge of the duties assigned him, not only by his agreeable manner and kind attentions to the wishes of passengers, but also by his prompt devotion to business. Other boats belonging to the Company will be going ahead immediately, and may be duly noticed anon.

By the bye, the supposed Editorial duty of dwelling upon the individual merits of the endless variety of Boats that touch at Kingston is both perplexing and cruel. It is perplexing because our language does not afford a sufficient variety of dulcet terms for compliments without continual repetition, and then everybody hates tautology. For instance, we must of course, describe every Captain as being "urbane," and in return are in danger of being nicknamed Urbane ourselves. Besides every boat must be called "elegant" and "fast sailing," and if more moderate terms are used, it is considered that justice is not done. Now the practice of expecting all this from us is cruel, for should we do justice to every Boat, we might spend all our time in visits and fill the entire paper with descriptions. But we must lay down the pen a minute, and step down to see the Cobourg, of which we have as yet said nothing. The fact is, like some other boats for which we have the kindest wishes, the Cobourg has been inadvertently overlooked. However, we'll make up for the neglect. But stop - how provoking! - she's off already! - there she goes like an arrow! - who ever saw the like! Well now really that Boat is as good as the best, and Captain Colcleugh is a right down clever fellow!

Custom House Department - letter to editor - in order to faciliate trade, the Custom House in Kingston harbour should publish regulations for landing of goods from U.S., bonding, etc.

p.3 The Steamboat Northumberland is now lying on her beam ends, near the landing place at Sully, Rice Lake. This is unfortunate, as it will take some time to get her in trim; and the back country roads offer no very inviting advantages, in lieu of the means of transport thus suspended. [Cobourg Star]

The new Steam Boat Cataraqui, belonging to the Ottawa & Rideau Canal Forwarding Company, has just been launched, and went off, as we are informed, in most gallant style. She will be under the command of Capt. Chambers, and is expected to prove quite equal to the expectations of her builders.




At Kingston Dock Yard, Upper Canada.

Notice is hereby given, that on Monday 27th of June next and the following days, there will be offered for sale by

Public Auction,

All the Naval Stores, Ships and Vessels, Sloops, Schooners, Gun-Boats and Boats remaining at that Station, viz:

Anchors from 2 Cwt. to 14 Cwt., 40 in Number; 900 Tons of Iron Ballast, a large quantity of which was cast at the Marmora Iron Works in Upper Canada; Axes, Felling, Junk and Pick; Awnings for Boats; Blocks, single and double of various sizes 2000 in Number, Chain Cable equal to 5 and 5 1/2 inches, 400 Fathoms; Cables Hempen Worn, from 5 inches to 13 inches, 9 pieces; Cordage Cable laid, Hawser laid and Small Rope 200 coils and remnants, Log Line, Spun Yarn, Canvass 14 bolts and remnants from No. 2 to No. 8; Twine, Ships Sails and Boat's Sails new and worn, 20 in Number; Canvass Buckets, Old Hammocks, Compasses Azimuth and Steering; Tar and Pitch, 100 Barrels; Oakum; Coal Tar; Paint, Putty, Paint Mill and Muller; Chalk, Stoves Canadian, Gumford and Brodie, Stove Pipe, Fire Irons, Lead in Pigs, Old and Scupper, Nails of Sizes, and Spike and Deck Nails making together about 20 Tons, Grind Stones, Saws Whip, Hack, Mill and Cut; Mauls Double headed and Pen; Gouges; Crow Bars; Handspikes; Oars for Boats; Capstern Bars, Lanterns Hand, Poop and Top.

Fire Engines

Three in use with gear, and three without gear repairable.

Jack screws Jack in Box screws, Bells Watch, Bell metal iron new, round, square and flat various sizes 24 Tons; Iron old, Brass old, Steel, Old Rope, paper Stuff, Pump gear, Scales Beams and Weights; a quantity of

Oak and Pine Timber and Spars,

lying in the Mast Pond and about the Dock Yard, Kettles Iron and Copper at the Steam Kiln, with numerous articles of Stores and old Stores in use about the Dock Yard and Work Shops.


in Frame, 56 guns. One Ship in frames, 22 guns. One Brig in frame, 14 guns, and one Schooner in frame of 4 guns.

The Timber of the Ships and Vessels, in frames could be rafted down the St. Lawrence, reduced, and using for building Steam Vessels or small Ships. Also, the

Cockburn Schooner,

70 Tons, paid off in 1834, with her masts and spars. Also,

The Bullfrog Tender,

of 60 Tons, with her Sails and rigging, in store; the Bullfrog is constructed to pass through the Welland Canal, she is broad and deep and could be converted fit for carrying staves across the Lakes. Also, ten Gun Boats in good condition & of the best Timber as far as they are finished, some in frames and some partly planked they will when completed draw less than 2 feet water could be readily fitted for Lighters or Tow Barges for the Rideau Canal. Also, one Old Schooner laying at the wharf and four old Ships of War laying aground on the mud in the harbour. Also, 12 Boats new and in use, from 32 feet to 14 feet.

The Boats are chiefly built of the best Rock Elm.

At the Surgery - a quantity of Medicine, and old Medical Stores, Lime Juice, Bottles, Cases, etc., etc.

Sale to commence at 10 o'clock A.M. and to continue every working day till the Sale is closed, the biddings to be in Sterling Money Dollars at 4s. and 4d.; a deposit of 25 per cent to be paid at the time of purchase, or the lot will be resold, on any doubt as to who is the bidder the lot to be immediately put up again; the Stores to be removed and the purchase money paid within one Month after the sale or the deposit money will be forfeited to the Crown, with the exception of the Ships, Vessels, and Timber, which must be paid for in the limited time, but may be removed at the convenience of the purchasers, no part of the Stores to be removed until paid for.

J. MARKS, In Charge.

Kingston Dock Yard, U.C., 23rd April, 1836.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), May 7, 1836