The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Sept. 11, 1839

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p.3 The Buffalo Commercial Advertiser, alluding to the recent firing upon the steamer St. Lawrence, by the Canadian armed schooner Montreal, says:

"Since the affair referred to, Col. Worth, who is in command at Sackett's Harbour, has furnished each of the boats in the line down the river with a guard of 12 men, with directions, if fired upon, to return flash for flash, and that with ball cartridges. The precaution has been effectual. None of the boats carrying a guard have been molested."

If the above be true, the boats that touch at Kingston must have the guards concealed, as there are none of these flashing heroes to be discovered while here.


On Friday evening last an unusual number of well dressed strangers began to collect about Prescott. On Saturday morning it was estimated that upwards of two thousand spectators were present to witness the launch of the Hon. John Hamilton's new Boat. At noon, every thing being ready, she glided rapidly and gracefully into her destined element, amidst the deafening plaudits of the assembled multitude. Nothing could excel the arrangements on this occasion. The boat is named the Ontario; she is 204 feet on deck and is about 500 tons measurement. Her model is said, by good judges of naval architecture, to be beautiful and faultless in every respect; she is buoyant and stiff, and sits on the water "like a duck." Refreshments of every kind were prepared on board the steamer Brockville. The tables would not admit of more than 100 sitting down at a time - parties of this number replaced each other in rapid succession until all that were disposed had partaken of the owner's hospitality. The workmen, amounting to about 80, who had been employed in constructing the Ontario, were sumptuously regaled on shore. We are sure we will be cordially joined by our fellow subjects throughout the Province in wishing the spirited and enterprising owner of the Ontario the most complete success.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Sept. 11, 1839