The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), June 17, 1840

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p.1 Internal Improvements - need for canals; a lot of information from American side (5 columns).

Outlet of the St. Lawrence - Western Trade.

On a former occasion we gave an account that 34 vessels with 86,000 bushels of wheat and 9,000 barrels of flour cleared at Cleveland, Ohio, the two first days of navigation. Of this number 21 vessels cleared for Canadian ports. We now hear from an Oswego Correspondent, of the 1st of June, that the wharves of Kingston are loaded with Western produce, and for want of boats it will take four weeks and upwards to clear off what has accumulated in store and under sheds put up temporarily. The schooner Thomas Hart, brought her cargo of 900 barrels of flour - destined for Montreal - to Oswego, because Messrs. Macpherson & Crane at Kingston, could neither store it, nor forward it in its turn, under a delay of four weeks. The Canadians have at last become wide awake to the importance of the Western Trade. They now pay 50 per cent higher freight than formerly, and there are not half enough vessels on Lake Ontario for the demand.... [N.Y. Chronicle]

Something New - In about 2 months from this date a steamboat intended to ply between this city and Kingston will be in this port. The boat is now building in Sorel and will be launched in about 3 weeks. The engine is of a new model, invented by Mr. William Nunns, for many years engineer of steamers on the St. Lawrence, and for which he has taken out a patent. It is intended to fit out the boat for cabin and steerage passengers, and as the engine will occupy very little space, there will be a considerable space for the freight that a steamboat 16' broad by 92' long can take. We will not now speculate upon the revolution that this improvement of the navigation will create; we trust it will be as successful as the ingenious inventor so richly deserves; and that next year we may see a daily line of steamboats established to run between Montreal and Kingston. It is calculated that the trip to Kingston by the Ottawa will be made in 2 or 3 days and from Kingston to Montreal by the St.Lawrence in 24 hours. [Mont. Herald, June 10th]

Examination of Lett and Dafoe - for attempted burning of Great Britain. [Oswego Herald]

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), June 17, 1840