The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), June 6, 1840

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p.2 The Chambly Canal - We are happy to learn, by the Quebec Transcript, that the whole sum of £50,000 recently advertised as required for the completion of this work, has already been contracted for by Quebec capitalists. The spirit of improvement is abroad.

Thunder Storm at Toronto - On Sunday night last, Toronto was visited with a severe thunder storm. The lightning, says the Colonist, was very vivid, the peals of thunder followed in rapid succession; and the rain fell in torrents. The top-mast of the steamboat St.George was struck by the lightning, but the vessel sustained no other injury than a slight injury to the top-mast....

The Henry Gildersleeve - This beautiful vessel has commenced her regular trips between this port and Oswego. She has realized the most sanguine expectations in regard to speed and steadiness in the water. She performs the trip to Oswego (about 65 miles) with ease, in less than five hours. Our friend Captain Bowen has the command of the Henry Gildersleeve, of whose gentlemanly deportment we need here say nothing, his excellent qualities being well known and understood by all who have the pleasure of his acquaintance.

Kingston and Barriefield Regatta - For several years past, with the exception of last year, the inhabitants of Kingston and Barriefield have gratified themselves with an Annual Regatta in the merry month of June; and as that interesting period is fast approaching, and we see no just cause why good customs should fall into disuse, we take the liberty of stirring up the matter a little, satisfied that the Regatta has only to be mentioned to be carried into being. What is every body's business is no man's work, therefore, in the place of some one more capable, we propose, that a subscription be raised in town to purchase a light skiff (or its value, £5 ) for a Skiff Race, with a smaller prize for the second boat, and as we feel confident, the gentlemen of the Navy and Army will contribute their mite, another prize for another Race could be appointed, the control of which being under Naval direction, much sport might be anticipated, the Town being pitted against the Army and Navy.

The affair is too trivial to call a meeting to discuss it; we shall talk it over with several of the sporting gentlemen of Kingston, who will probably form themselves into a committee to conduct the Regatta, collect subscriptions, and communicate with the gentlemen of the Dock-Yard for their cooperation. Thus the nucleus of the Regatta will be formed, and as Colonel Hughes of the gallant 24th will probably allow the Regimental Band to attend, a pleasant day's amusement may be confidently anticipated. A contemplated trip to Bytown will prevent us from attending to this duty next week, but on our return we shall assuredly do the amiable.

Since the above was put in type, the following gentlemen have been proposed as a committee, most of whom have been spoken to and consented to act, viz.: G.W. Yarker, T. Greer, F. Henderson, T.A. Corbett, and W. Dickenson, Esquires, with our humble selves as their Secretary. [British Whig]

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), June 6, 1840