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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Nov. 22, 1843

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p.2 The weather since Friday has been very stormy - high winds accompanied with rain prevailing most of the time. The Rideau Canal was closed with ice on Friday, but the change in the weather has again opened the navigation and a great number of steam boats and barges laden with Merchandize have reached Kingston from Montreal. Produce is still coming down the Lake, and should the present mild weather continue, considerable business will yet be executed by our forwarders. The Royal Mail Steamers on the Lake and River make occasional trips, and the Bay boats are also running.



We are indebted to the Hon. John Hamilton, of Kingston, Canada, the extensive steamboat proprietor, for the following interesting statement of steamboats which have been or now are in service on Lake Ontario, and River St. Lawrence, between Hamilton, at the head of navigation on Lake Ontario, and Coteau du Lac, on the River St. Lawrence, in Canada East: -

Boats Owned On the American Side.

When Built Names Tons Where Built

1816 Ontario * 400 Sacket's Harbor

1818 Sophia * 75 do.

1823 Martha Ogden * 150 do.

1830 Brownville * 150 Brownville

1831 Chas. Carroll * 100 Sacket's Harbor

1831 Paul Fry * 50 Ogdensburgh

1832 United States + 450 do.

1833 Black Hawk @ 200 French Creek

1834 Oswego 400 Oswego

1834 John Marshall 60 Lake Erie

1836 Oneida 300 Oswego

1837 Telegraph 200 Dexter

1839 St. Lawrence 450 Oswego

1839 Express 150 Pultneyville

1841 Geo. Clinton 100 Oswego

1841 President 60 do.

1842 Lady of the Lake 425 do.

1843 Rochester 400 do.

Total Tons 4120

* - Broken up

+ - Laid up

@- Now named Dolphin, owned in Canada and in ordinary

The regular steampackets through the lake are the Lady of the Lake, Rochester and St. Lawrence. The Oneida and Telegraph, we believe, run from Oswego to Ogdensburgh, the Express between Kingston and Oswego.

Ericson Propellers, running between Oswego and Chicago.

When Built Names Tons Where Built

1841 Vandilla (sic) 150 Oswego

1842 Chicago 150 do.

1842 Oswego 150 do.

1843 New York 150 do.

Total tons 600

Boats Owned On the Canadian Side.

When Built Names Tons Where Built

1816 Frontenac * 700 Kingston

1817 Charlotte * 150 do.

1819 Dalhousie * 50 Prescott

1824 Toronto * 250 Toronto

1824 Queenston * 300 Queenston

1825 Canada * 250 Toronto

1825 Niagara * 400 Brockville

1828 Alciope * 450 Niagara

1829 Sir J. Kempt * 200 Kingston

1830 Great Britain * 700 Prescott

1831 Iroquois * 100 do.

1832 John By * 200 Kingston

1832 William IV * 450 Gananoque

1832 Transit * 350 Oakville

1833 Britannia + 200 Kingston

1833 Cobourg + 500 Cobourg

1833 Brockville 350 Brockville

1833 Kingston 200 Kingston

1834 Com. Barrie @ 275 do.

1834 Union 300 Oakville

1835 St. George 400 Kingston

1837 Sir R. Peel # 350 Brockville

1837 Gore 200 Niagara

1838 Queen Victoria 200 do.

1839 Henry Gildersleeve 250 Kingston

1840 Highlander 300 Cot. du Lac

1840 Albion 200 Brockville

1840 America 300 Niagara

1840 City of Toronto 500 do.

1840 Sovereign 475 do.

1841 Princess Royal 500 do.

1841 Canada 450 Prescott

1841 Frontenac 200 Kingston

1841 Sir Charles (Napier) 200 do.

1842 Princess of Wales 200 do.

1842 Admiral 400 Niagara

1842 Chief Justice Robinson 400 do.

1843 Eclipse 400 do.

Total tons 12,600

* - Broken up

+ - Laid up

@ - Lost in 1842

# - Destroyed by the Patriots in 1838

British Government Vessels.

When Built Names Tons Where Built

1835 Traveller 350 Niagara

1838 Experiment 150 do.

1842 Mohawk ^ 150 Kingston

1842 Cherokee 700 do.

^ - Iron Vessel

The Frontenac was the first boat built on the Canada side. She was very large, of the burthen of 700 tons, and with an engine of only 55 horse power. It was made in England, an excellent machine, but far too small for a boat the size of the Frontenac. She did tolerably well in smooth water, but she could not make way against a strong head wind. We were, on one occasion, more than a week making the trip from Kingston to Toronto. The royal mail steamers between Toronto and Kingston, are the City of Toronto, Princess Royal and Sovereign; from Kingston to Coteau du Lac, the Highlander, Canada and Henry Gildersleeve. The Transit runs from Lewiston to Toronto. The Union is a freight boat, and touches at most of the ports on both sides; the Gore from Cobourg to Rochester; the America and Admiral from Rochester to Hamilton, touching at Toronto; the Eclipse from Toronto to Hamilton; the other boats from Kingston to the Bay of Quinte.

A number of Ericson propellers run between Kingston and Montreal.

[N.Y. Commercial Advertiser]

Welland Canal Riots - Connaught vs. Cork workers. [Niagara Chronicle]

Accidental Drowning - Mr. Thomas Duffin, Lock Tender, at Lock No. 2, Dry Dock, below St. Catherines, accidentally drowned by slipping off one of the gates into the lock; Jury regretted that "the lock gates are unprovided with "foot bridges," as no less than 11 deaths have occurred in consequence...." [St. Catherines Journal]

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Nov. 22, 1843