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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), May 31, 1837

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p.2 Barriefield Regatta - We are happy to learn, that preparations are making to commence, in the vicinity of Kingston, a species of aquatic amusement almost unknown on the American Continent. The inhabitants of Barriefield, Points Henry and Frederick intend to offer a handsome new wherry, (to be built by Mr. James Knapp,) value $25, as a prize to be rowed for on the first Monday in July, by skiffs, pulled by one man, with a pair of skulls (anglice, small oars.) The racecourse will be the Grand Cataraqui, from Green Bay to Ludlow's Point and back, in two or more heats. The prize will be open to competitors from all quarters, by the candidates duly entering their names with the Stewards, who are expected to be Messrs. Gurley and John Strachan, with J.B. Marks, Esq. as Umpire. This will probably be the first Regatta in Upper Canada, and may possibly excite the emulation of the gentry of other towns, to encourage their formation, as a means of establishing British amusements in a British Colony. [B. Whig]

We are sorry to learn that the fine and new schooner Montreal was stranded a few days ago, on a shoal half way between Kingston and Prescott, with 200 bbls. Potashes in her hold, all which are damaged. We have not yet heard of her having got off. Were Kingston the universal place of transhipment for Montreal, as nature in fact designed it to be, how many schooner shipwrecks would be avoided and how much valuable property would be saved. The chief dangers of the navigation between the head of the Lake and Prescott, lie in the continual shoals in the St. Lawrence; and yet in spite of the many disasters annually occurring thereon, the infatuation of man still tempts him to encounter their perils. No schooner or other vessel, (except steamboats) instead of desisting, as prudence would naturally enjoin drawing more than four feet water, should be permitted to go below Kingston, if laden with valuable commodities, but should be compelled to discharge its cargo here, to be transhipped to Montreal in decked barges in tow of steamboats. If men will recklessly run into danger, and life and property become thereby in jeopardy, they should be prevented by the interference of the law. [British Whig]

p.3 The Great Britain, Capt. Whitney, arrived here this morning from Prescott on her usual route to Oswego and the upper ports. This noble vessel, we are happy to observe, had a number of cabin and steerage passengers on board, besides a large quantity of freight of various kinds. Some enemies of the boat have within the last few days been circulating a report that she was to be laid up at Prescott until the business of the season would increase. We are this morning assured by Capt. Whitney that there is not the slightest foundation for the rumor. The public may therefore rest satisfied that the Great Britain will continue her trips with her well known regularity and promptness throughout the season.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), May 31, 1837