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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), May 24, 1843

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p.2 Judgement of the Court of King's Bench Upon Culler's Act - dealing with the timber trade.

Approaching Departure of Lady Bagot and Family - remains of Sir Charles Bagot to be conveyed on special barge sent from Oswego and towed by H.M. steamship Traveller.

A New Steamboat For The St. Lawrence and Rideau Route - Messrs. McPherson & Crane's new steamer Bytown, built at Portsmouth during the winter is now completed, and will immediately take her place on the River and Canal route. From a trial of her speed which we witnessed on Saturday evening, we have no doubt that the Bytown will prove a very fast boat. She is an exact model of the Charlotte, which has proved so successful. These small steamers run the whole distance to Montreal, via the St. Lawrence, in 24 hours including stoppages, and up the Rideau Canal to Kingston in about 2 days, possessing accommodations for Cabin and Steerage Passengers. They are decidedly superior to the common barge, as freight boats and very many persons prefer them as a speedy and easy conveyance to Montreal and vice versa. These boats run with so much precision that Messrs. H. & S. Jones have advertised one of their steamers, the Pilot, to start at a particular hour from the various stopping places.

p.3 Lake and Canal Navigation - Western Trade - predictions for season; Canadian forwarders have raised rates. [St. Catharines Journal]

The Steam Packet Adventure, which was launched by the Niagara Dock Company about ten days ago, is in such a state of forwardness that it is expected she will be ready to proceed to her destination early next week. This vessel is of 25 horse power; she will be commanded by that skilful and experienced navigator, Capt. Taylor, of St. Catherines, and the purpose for which she has been constructed is one that eminently entitles her to the strenuous support of the merchants of the Province. The Adventure will run between Montreal and Sandwich for the conveyance of goods, passengers, etc., calling at the several British ports on Lakes Ontario and Erie for the delivery or reception of freight. Her trips will be regular, indeed, having such a considerable steam power, her arrival and departure may be counted upon, after she has once traversed her route, with as much certainty as the mail itself. The advantages she offers to the merchants are, the avoidance of the necessity of transhipment, and the saving of forwarding charges. The Adventure will in the first place leave here for Toronto, then proceed to Hamilton, and from that port through the Welland Canal to all the British ports on Lake Erie. We cannot doubt, seeing that it is the interest of the mercantile community to patronize it, that the enterprize about to be embarked in by the Adventure will prove so profitable as to lead to the building of a fleet of vessels of the same class.

The two magnificent steamers Chief Justice Robinson, and Admiral, built by the Dock Company during the past winter, are now fairly at work, the former on the route so long and so worthily occupied by the Transit, the latter for the present plying between Toronto and Hamilton. The Chief Justice is of 75, the Admiral of 68 horse power. Both are fitted up in splendid style, and in every respect maintain the high character of the Dock Company. They had a trial of speed the other day, the result being that the Chief Justice had the advantage in proportion to the difference of power.

In about a fortnight the Dock Company will launch another new steamer, which is to be of 55 horse power. There is a report in circulation that some steamers are about to be built for the purpose of forming a line on Lake Erie, but we know not how much truth there is in it.

The Transit is in the dock for the purpose of undergoing a thorough repair and receiving new boilers, after which she will take up her old position. [Niagara Chronicle]


Tenders will be received at the office of the Board of Works, Kingston, until the 18th of June next, for enlarging 25 miles of the Welland Canal, including the Deep Cut, also for the masonry etc. of the Aqueduct over the Welland River, and that of the Locks at Port Dalhousie, St. Catharines, Allanburgh and Port Colborne. Plans and specifications can be seen after the 5th June next, either at this Office or at the Welland Canal Office, St. Catharines. Tenders to be endorsed "Tender for the Welland Canal."

THOMAS A. BEGLY, Secretary.

Board of Works, Kingston. 18th May, 1843.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), May 24, 1843