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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), May 12, 1838

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p.2 Ordinances passed by a Special Council - Cap. VI - an ordinance to continue a certain Act therein mentioned entitled " An Act to provide less expensive means for the Recovery of Wages due to Seamen of Vessels belonging to, or registered in this Province" (to the 1st of Nov., 1842).

Steamboat Race - On Wednesday last, that noble vessel the Great Britain and the Sir Robert Peel steamer, started from this harbour, leaving the Mississagua Point within a minute of each other, and proceeded to Oswego, each vessel prepared to do her best. The race, as might have been expected, terminated in favor of the Great Britain; when she entered the harbour of Oswego the Sir Robert Peel was supposed to be at least 6 miles behind her.

The Editor of the Prescott Sentinel is requested to publish this notice.




The Subscribers having made arrangements for towing their Barges by Steamboats through the Rideau route to Kingston, are prepared to receive and forward Goods and Produce to and from Upper Canada, with equal despatch and on as favourable terms as other Forwarders.

E. Hackett & Co., Montreal.

W. Dickinson & Co., Kingston & Prescott.

Lachine Canal, May 3rd.

For the Chronicle and Gazette

The Great Britain and Sir Robert Peel.

During last winter the Great Britain underwent great and extensive improvements in her Boilers, and on starting on her first trip she did not work as well as formerly. The Sir Robert Peel fell in with her on that trip coming from Prescott, and succeeded after a great effort in outrunning her a little. The Prescott Sentinel, without giving any explanation, trumpets forth this accidental matter as a great victory gained. The defect in the Britain's machinery was soon discovered by her able and zealous engineer, Mr. Chambers, and was speedily remedied. Last Wednesday a trial of speed took place between the Britain and Peel by previous agreement, when the "Queen of the Waters" justly maintained her reputation by beating the Peel upwards of 6 miles in 60, and the Britain's machinery is not yet in a perfect state. It is expected her speed will be much increased. I have no doubt before a month is over she will beat the Peel 12 miles in the same distance. I wish the Great Britain, and her veteran commander, Commodore Whitney, all the success that the superior accommodation and speed of this splendid vessel, and his own attention and skilful conduct so justly entitle her to.


p.S. If any person is disposed to bet from 1 to 500 sovereigns that the Peel can beat the Britain any distance from 60 to 200 miles, he can be accommodated to that amount on application at this office.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), May 12, 1838