The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Aug. 27, 1836

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p.3 Steam Boat Race - We observe that our favorite, the Great Britain, has been trying her speed with the Brockville. The former vessel, in our estimation, should never enter into competition with any boat, especially a light one, when the distance is short, for the simple reason that so large a vessel will not attain her proper speed for the first twenty miles at the very least.

We are indebted to the Prescott Herald for the following account of the race:-

We had the pleasure of witnessing one of the finest Steam Boat races yesterday, that we recollect ever having seen. It seems that mutual arrangements had been made between the Captains of the Great Britain and Brockville, to try the speed of the two Boats from this place to Brockville; about half past four the Brockville cast off from the wharf of Messrs. Hooker & Henderson, and lay out in the stream opposite the Tannery, waiting for the Great Britain to come up; the Britain immediately set off, and when she had come within about 200 feet of the Brockville, the latter put on all her steam; the Britain, owing to her previous headway came at once so that her bow lapped the stern of the Brockville, in this position they remained for about two miles with no perceptible variation, the Britain then continued to gain very slowly, until when opposite the Windmill Point, she was fairly abreast, or rather ahead, in this condition they continued, the Brockville alternately gaining and losing, until the Boats came to Brockville, where they arrived in beautiful style, amid the cheers of the spectators. The Britain as near as we could judge was about 15 feet ahead, that is from bow to bow. The boats were both admirably managed, every thing was conducted in the most orderly manner, and although they were not more than twenty yards apart during the whole twelve miles, still not a word was exchanged, but all was breathless anxiety, and the crew of each apparently exerting themselves to the utmost. The Brockville has certainly proved herself a much faster boat than we anticipated. Time in going up 62 minutes. The Brockville returned in 58 minutes.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Aug. 27, 1836