The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), July 17, 1839

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p.2 The American steamer Telegraph returned to the port on Saturday last to land a Sailor, a deserter from the Dock Yard, who had concealed himself on board that boat.


The Kingston Stave Forwarding Company - Last Saturday afternoon, Messrs. Calvin, Cook and Counter launched from Garden Island, a new Schooner, called Queen Victoria. She is the largest and strongest schooner on the Lake, being able to carry about 200 tons, and is intended for the lumber trade in connection with the Stave Forwarding Company, of which the persons above named are the principal partners. The Steamer Kingston was chartered for the occasion, and took over a large party from Kingston to see the launch, having previously brought up a large party from French Creek for the same purpose. For some time the Queen seemed unwilling to glide into her "native element," but at length she went off in admirable style amid the cheers of the spectators. Refreshments were then distributed, and the Steamer conveyed the parties to their respective homes.

A vast amount of business is done at Garden Island. The Company have from 100 to 150 men constantly employed there, and many schooners engaged in bringing staves etc. from the different ports on Lake Erie and Ontario. Seven large rafts have been sent already this season to Quebec, and eight or ten more will follow. Nearly all the supplies are purchased in Kingston, which has thus the benefit of a new and extensive trade, of which three years ago we had not a fraction. Yet half of the company's business is done at Millan's Bay, N.Y., as they could not obtain a sufficient number of British vessels to carry their freight, and American vessels are not allowed to bring it to our ports. The whole of this business used to be done at French Creek; half of it has been transferred to Kingston, and the whole of it would be here but for the prohibition on American vessels. The company have received already for this season's business the sum of £26,000, and the greater part of this sum has been expended in and about Kingston. The year's business will amount to £100,000. In the spring, application was made to the Bank of Upper Canada for accommodation, but it was refused.

[Upper Canada Herald]

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), July 17, 1839