The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), May 19, 1838

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p.2 The Steamer Sir R. Peel, not satisfied with the proven superiority of the Steamer Great Britain's speed on Wednesday last, 16th inst., had the presumption again to cope with her. The Sir R. Peel well knowing her inability to rival the Great Britain by fair means, started two hours before her regular time, the latter boat not being aware that such was her intention, was wholly unprepared, but her spirited Captain determined, unprepared as he was, to follow her - the Sir R. Peel by this means had, considering this circumstance, about 5 minutes start, or equivalent to that had both been alike prepared; she kept her own pretty well, that is, by the aid of all inflammable matter which could be collected, say turpentine, etc., to the great danger of the lives of all on board. Notwithstanding all these combustibles which, in the event, set the boat on fire, the Great Britain got into Oswego before her. It ought to be mentioned that at the time the first alarm of fire was given on board the Sir Robert Peel, the Great Britain was not more than her own length astern, and would, had no accident taken place, have got into Oswego first, (a fact which no person on board either boat would deny.) The Great Britain stopped to let the Peel come down to her, which she did at full speed, to the loss of one of the Britain's small boats, a trunk, etc.; there appeared to be great confusion on board - no one to stop the engines in proper time, or the above damage might have been avoided; neither was there any apparent abatement in the exertions to keep up steam. The above happened about five miles from the Piers at Oswego. After the Great Britain had got the Sir R. Peel's passengers on board, she started again and got into the piers ahead. Much as steamboat racing is to be deprecated, the travelling community must certainly place confidence in a boat on board of which no means - how dangerous soon they may be to the lives of all parties on board - are spared to endeavor to gain a temporary victory. - (Communicated)

p.3 The Steamboat Bytown arrived in port this forenoon from Bytown, with seven Barges in tow. A number of the soldier's families belonging to the 32nd Regt. for Toronto and the London District, were in the Barges.

More Sympathy - We learn that the sympathizers of Rochester a few days since set fire to the Scow belonging to the Traveller steamer, at the mouth of the Genesee River, and burnt her up....

Capt. Graham's Company of Perth Artillery returned to their homes in Cataraqui steamer via the Rideau Canal....

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), May 19, 1838