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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), June 29, 1831


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p.3 New Steam Boat - We understand that it is in contemplation to build a Steam-Boat to ply between York, the Head of the Lake, and Niagara, to perform the route in one day; that is to say, from York, by the Head of the Lake, to Niagara one day; and from Niagara, by the Head of the Lake, to York the next. The boat to be built expressly for passengers and light freight, of from 40 to 50 Horse power. A number of persons both Merchants and private capitalists at York and the Head of the Lake, have offered to take stock in her; and there can be no doubt that the people of Niagara would be equally interested in contributing to the same object. We think that a boat of this kind would be at once the most useful to the public, and the most profitable to the stockholders of any Boat on the Lake - the business of the Head of the Lake country, is increasing with rapidity, which is unequalled by any other part of the province; and the number of travellers towards that neighborhood from York and Niagara; as well as the number of European emigrants who proceed in that direction, is also daily and hourly increasing; and as there can be no doubt that this boat, when established, will be preferred to the stages by every traveller, with whom expedition, economy and comfort, are objects of consideration, neither the public utility, nor the advantage to the stockholders of this boat, can for a moment be a question of doubt.

Since writing the above we have seen a gentleman from Ancaster, who is on his way to Montreal, where he will obtain estimates, and receive proposals for building the boat. He informs us that the mercantile, and influential people at the Head of the Lake, are unanimous in their determination to support, and to take stock in the proposed boat. [York Courier]

Emigrants - Every Lake steam boat that arrives from Prescott is filled with emigrants, very few of whom remain in this vicinity. The reason is obvious. It is the interest of the proprietors of the boats to carry their passengers as far as possible....

A Schooner of about 80 tons burden, called The John Watkins, and owned by Capt. Thew, was launched at Hatter's Bay yesterday. She will sail immediately, having been completely rigged while on the Stocks.

Notice - stockholders in William IV to pay 10% instalment by July 27.


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June 29, 1831
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KN.2978
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Rick Neilson
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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), June 29, 1831