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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), July 9, 1842

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p.2 The Public will perceive by an advertisement in another column, that the steamer Vulcan, Capt. L.R. Weller, has changed her days of sailing - and that she now leaves Kingston and the Head of the Bay of Quinte in the Evening, instead of the Morning, as heretofore. This will afford great accommodation to the people on the Bay, especially to those living between Picton and Kingston, as they will, by the present arrangement, be enabled to bring their produce, etc., to this, the best market in Canada West, and return the same evening.

We hope the arrangement will prove as profitable to the worthy proprietors as it will certainly prove advantageous to the public.

Public Works - Contracts for the six mountain locks on the Welland Canal, as well as the branch cut and entrance lock to the Grand River, have not as yet been entered into, nor is it known with certainty whose proposals the Board of Works have decided upon accepting; but it is currently reported the mountain locks will be divided between the three lowest bidders, whom we understand to be Messrs. Barnett, Clarke, and Sutherland & Rowe.

The President of the Board, the Hon. H.H. Killaly, is to be here again on Thursday next, when we learn he will give instructions to have ten more of the mountain locks put under contract as soon as the necessary estimates can be completed.

The travelling public will be pleased to learn, that the Board of Works have ordered the immediate completion of the 12, 15 and 16 mile creek bridges and the Macadamization of the road to the top of the high banks connected with them, according to contracts originally entered into - thus removing some of the greatest and most dangerous obstructions to safe travelling between Queenston and Hamilton. [St. Catherines Journal]

Queenston and Chippewa Railroad, and Steamer to Buffalo - It is with much pleasure that we announce that the above Railroad is in successful operation. Coaches are ready at the wharf at Queenston to convey passengers from the boats to the terminus of the road free of expense. Cars leave immediately after the arrival of the steamers from Toronto, Hamilton, etc., and reach Chippewa in time for the Waterloo steamer for Buffalo. The route from Queenston to Chippewa is an exceedingly pleasant one, more particularly that part round the mountain and through Stamford. The construction of this road appears to have been effected with greater regard to safety and durability than the one on the American side - and the fare "through to Buffalo" is cheaper, being only 4s 4 1/2d. currency - the time taken to pass through is about the same. The ascent of the mountain is much more easy, and consequently more speed is attained. The scenery on the Niagara River is really beautiful, and particularly interesting on many accounts - passing within a few yards of Navy Island - touching at Schlosser where the Caroline lay on the night of her destruction. The spray of the "Great Falls of Niagara" in the distance and the ever booming sound of its waters falling on the ear at the same time, so engage the attention that ennui is banished from the minds of all who travel this way. The trip downward is particularly pleasant, the distance being accomplished in a much shorter time - passing from Island to Island in a very rapid manner. Cars are ready at the Railroad wharf, Chippewa, where the Waterloo arrives, and in a few minutes you are passing so close to the Falls as to obtain a view of them on your way to Queenston. We have no doubt but that this important undertaking will be so well supported as to induce our "great men" to construct a branch of the same from one end of it to this town - and the other end to Fort Erie - the importance of this must be apparent, seeing it is most desirable that a line of British steamers on our side of Lake Erie should run in connection with it, as is the case now on Lake Ontario. In conclusion we recommend this route to the man of business as cheaper, and quite as expeditious as the American one; to parties of pleasure as by far the most agreeable and entertaining, and to all our fellow subjects as being a British route and deserving of their support and preference.

It will be seen from the above that parties of pleasure and others may leave Toronto, Hamilton or Niagara and proceed to Buffalo one day and return the following.

[Niagara Chronicle]




The Steam Boat


Capt. L.R. Weller,

Will commence, on Monday 11th July, to ply as follows:


Leaving the Head of the Bay at 4 P.M. and Belleville at 6 P.M. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and Picton at half past 5 A.M. on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.


Leaving Kingston at 6 P.M. on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, touching at the intermediate ports.

The proprietors trust that this arrangement will accommodate the Inhabitants of the Bay, as it will enable those from Picton and places below, to transact business in Kingston, and return the same evening.

Sanderson & Murray

Kingston, 7th July, 1842.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), July 9, 1842