In April, 1830, a short-lived newspaper called the Gore Balance published a few items of interest. On the 8 April, it informed its readers that the dredge was still working in the Burlington Canal and that it was expected that the work would be completed
"in a few days". Four days later, this paper published a quite impressive list of sailing vessels, passing through the canal: GENERAL BROCK,Capt. Kerr,REBECCA and ELIZA,Capt. Zealand,BRITANNIA,Capt. Roberts,MARGARET,Capt. Mitchell,TRAFALGAR,Capt. Enoe,TELEGRAPH,Capt. Boylan,MINERVA,Capt. Kent,BROTHERS, Capt. Chas. McIntosh,MOHAWK CHIEF,Capt. Campbell,PEACOCK,Capt. Philo D. Bates, and KINGSTON PACKET,Capt. Knox.
An interesting advertisement was placed in the Niagara Herald in 1830, giving the sailing schedule of the steamboat ALCIOPE,Capt. Jas. Mackenzie. Leaving Prescott every Friday morning, she made the following ports of call: Brockville,Kingston,Cobourg,York,Burlington Canal,Grimsby,Port Dalhousie and Niagara. Her agents were listed as: W. D. Miller,Niagara,Archibald McDonald,Kingston,Richard Feehan,York, and John Williams,Hamilton. So finally, Hamilton has appeared in the sailing lists.
On the 16 October 1830, the new steamboat GREAT BRITAIN was launched at Prescott. Built for the enterprising John Hamilton, of Montreal, she measured 147 x 23 x 12, tonnage 700, and she was powered by two beam engines of 90 HP each. Her accommodations and furnishings were said to be luxurious, and she proved to be very popular with the travelling public.
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