p.2 Destructive Fire in Kingston - About 9 o'clock on Monday morning, a fire broke out in the large warehouse belonging to Messrs. Greer & Co., on Greer's wharf, formerly occupied as a Custom-house warehouse. The wind being high, and the building of wood, the fire could not be subdued until the two large storehouses, with all their contents, were consumed.....about 6,000 barrels of flour destroyed, together with 250 barrels of pork, about 100 barrels of potash, 300 kegs of butter, a quantity of bacon and hams, besides a mass of miscellaneous articles. The total loss is estimated at £12,000, of which about half is covered by insurance. How the fire originated is not known; the flames were first seen bursting through the roof. It seems to be the general impression that a spark from the steamer Prince of Wales, which was preparing to leave the wharf, had found its way into an open window, and thereby set the place on fire.
A new steamer, built so as to pass through the Canals, was launched at Niagara on ( ) day week. She is called the England.
A schooner named the Credit Chief was launched at Port Credit on the 1st instant. 140 tons burthen, and has been built for use of the Credit Indians.
p.3 To the Editor of the Kingston Herald.
Picton, May 31st, 1847.
I am prompted from a motive to confer a benefit upon the travelling community, in giving utterance to a few words of advice to those who either own or have chartered steam boats to navigate the Bay of Quinte, in anticipation that they will better attend to the convenience of the public than they have heretofore done. There are no less than three steam boats plying between Kingston and the head of the Bay of Quinte; yet they give general dissatisfaction; they are so irregular that every one is out of patience, and it is confidently expected that there will be another boat placed upon the route forthwith, in order that travellers will not be subjected to unnecessary expense and delay. The extra boat is, I understand, to be christened, "The Accomodator;" she is not going to tow, or go out of her regular course for the sake of a few dollars, to the serious inconvenience and delay of passengers.
I determined on going to Picton on Friday evening last, and not having seen advertised the hour the different boats started, I thought, as a matter of course, they left Kingston the same hour as they did last season, (six o'clock P.M.) therefore, I didn't hurry myself, and about a quarter after five, in the afternoon, I proceeded for the boat, but to my mortification and disappointment she was gone! I returned, and took the stage which was just about leaving, and went that evening as far as Mill Creek; the next morning, (Saturday) I started bright and early for Bath, supposing there was a boat going up that morning; but it was my luck to be again disappointed and provoked. There was no boat at all went up on Saturday, and almost every week the public are in this way humbugged and mistaken.....
A young man told me of a circumstance that occurred on the steamer Queen Victoria on Sunday morning in Picton which is too bare faced to be overlooked. Just as the boat was landing, the Stewart was collecting the passage fare from those who got on the boat at Bath. The young man was asked for his fare, which he was told by the Steward was 3s. 9d., from Bath to Picton, in the cabin; the young man told him that he only paid the like sum from Kingston to Picton on the Prince of Wales, cabin passage, when he was answered by the Stewart, that it was no such thing, and that the Prince of Wales' rates were the same as the Queen's. This shabby trick ought to be investigated, for the fare is only 2s. 6d. from Bath to Picton, cabin, not including meals, and 3s. 9d. cabin, from Kingston to Picton, not including meals.