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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Nov. 30, 1842

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Opening of the St. Lawrence Canal.

This forenoon the Inhabitants of Kingston were greatly surprised by the arrival from Cornwall of the beautiful and spacious steamboat Highlander, Capt. Stearns. This steamboat was the first vessel that passed through the St. Lawrence, which achievement she performed on Friday last. Although one of the largest steamboats afloat, the Highlander met with no difficulty in passing through the canal or Locks. She left the mouth of the Canal yesterday, and ascended the Rapids between that and Prescott, with the greatest ease.

When the City Authorities heard of the Highlander's arrival, the Vice Mayor and Corporation went on board in a body and congratulated Capt. Stearns on the event. The authorities then invited the Capt. of the boat, Capt. Whiple, the managing Proprietor, and such of the Forwarding Merchants as were present, to the British American Hotel, where Lunch was prepared, during the discussion of which a vast many complimentary toasts were drunk, and many good speeches made. The Highlander will depart on her return home on Thursday. [Whig]

In addition to the above account from the Whig, we would mention that among the Gentlemen entertained by the Corporation, was Mr. Keefer, the Engineer who superintended the completion of the Canal. The acting Mayor, Mr. Alderman Williamson, proposed as a toast, "Prosperity to the Highlander, and the new line of communication to Kingston." By Mr. Councilman Rose, "the health of Captain Whipple, stockholder of the former line, and principal in the new." By Mr. Councilman Greer, "The Forwarding Interest." By James Brown, Jr., Esq., "The Acting Mayor." By John Macpherson, Esq., "The Mayor and Corporation of Kingston." By Captain Stearns, "the Town of Kingston."

The arrival of the Highlander, (which is one of the most swift and beautiful boats on our water) forms an era in the history of our navigable communications. The line by Steamboat down the St. Lawrence is now completed as far as Coteau-du-Lac, and we are informed that next year the conveyance of passengers to Montreal will be made by Steamboats direct from Kingston to that place.

p.3 We copy the following Testimonial to Capt. Colcleugh with much pleasure, because we know him to be well worthy of it.

On Board The Steamer Princess Royal, at Anchor Off Kingston.

Nov.21st, 1842.


We, the undersigned passengers from this Port to Cobourg and Toronto, deem it but justice to tender you the expression of our gratitude, for the ability and judgement with which, under the most trying circumstances, you have, after traversing half the length of Lake Ontario, with the shaft of the boat broken, in a terrific gale and snow storm, and on a lee shore for a great part of the way - brought us safely into port. Under Providence we are indebted to you for the preservation of our lives, and the owners of your boat and cargo for the safety of their property. The seamanlike and steady conduct of your officers and crew deserves our warmest acknowledgements.

W. Wadley,

Thos. Evans,

Joseph Davis,

Charles Forrest,

John Hope,

Geo. Murphy,

Charles Smith,

Andrew Jamieson,

R. Owen,

Mat. Butler Scott,

Amaziah Barton.

To Capt. Colclough

A Card - The Passengers on board the Steamer Highlander - which arrived in this port yesterday - being her first trip through the St. Lawrence Canal - take this method of returning their sincere thanks to Lieut. Col. Williams, P.S. of Prescott, for the very amiable spirit evinced by him in refusing to allow the Band of the 5th Batt. Incorporated Militia to accompany the Boat, after the Colonel of the Reg't had given his permission. Kingston, 29th Nov., 1842.

Notice - An Instalment of Ten per cent on the unpaid Capital Stock of the Kingston Marine Railway, as last allotted, is hereby called in and made payable at the office of the Company, on Monday the 2nd January, 1843.

By order of the Board of Directors, S.D. Fowler, Clerk

Kingston, 7th Nov., 1842.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Nov. 30, 1842