The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Herald (Kingston, ON), Aug. 18, 1847

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Every year adds something to the resources of Kingston as a Sea-port. A short time ago, a Marine Railway was desideratum; now the town possesses 3 of these conveniences; 2 within the city, and one at Portsmouth. But these 3 Railways are not sufficient to do the business of the Forwarders; and accordingly this summer a Floating Dock has been built by Messrs. Beaupre Brothers, as an addition to their Ship Wright Establishment. It is difficult to give the reader a clear comprehension of this exceedingly ingenious contrivance, which bye the bye, is not very novel. At present it consists of 3 pair of caissons, made water tight, and when filled with water, sunk at proper distances from each other. The barge, or other vessel to be repaired, is then towed between the caissons, and made fast. The water is then pumped out of the caissons by 12 hand pumps, and as the water flows out, the caissons rise, and the barge becomes wholly exposed in a condition to be repaired. Our readers can see the Floating Dock in operation at the head of Ontario Street, moored off Messrs. Beaupre Brother's Ship Yard. [Whig]

Military Movements - On Wednesday evening the Head Quarter Wing of the 2nd Battalion of the Rifle Brigade arrived from Quebec in the steamer Passport, and were instantly transferred to H.M.S. Cherokee returned from Toronto, with the Right Wing of the 81st Regiment on board, which being transferred to the Canada, left this morning for below. [Whig]

Expedition - One of Mr. Colcleugh & Greer's propellers the Beagle Capt. Taylor, performed her trip hence to Montreal & back, with cargo both ways, in 8 days. This is said to be the shortest period in which the same distance and work have been done, and speaks well for the energy and management of Capt. Taylor, and the application of propellers to our lake and river navigation, as a most useful class of freight vessels. [Colonist]

Attempt to investigate the late steamboat row didn't get much results.

"There is much heard constantly of the comfort and attention shown to cabin passengers in our Canadian Lake Boats - but, however much truth there may have been in this, heretofore, we are sure that no one will maintain such a statement this season.

It may not be known to Canadians, but still it is a fact that in the mail line to Kingston, all the best berths in the vessels are retained for the American passengers who may arrive in the Lewiston boats.!

After they have picked and chosen, the Canadians may supply themselves, but not till then - and unless the system is altered, the American passengers pay a less fare than the Canadians. Such is the return the Canadians get for the monopoly they have fostered." [Globe]

We believe the above to be literally true. A friend informs us that in coming down from Cobourg a few nights ago, on board one of the "Royal Mail Steamers," (no matter which) a number of the cabin passengers could get no berths; they were all occupied. Yet the company was not numerous. The few state-rooms on the promenade deck were bespoken, (apparently,) quite early. So also were the berths in the main cabin. Our informant stretched himself upon a seat, and, without even a pillow, which he repeatedly asked for, and could not get, and endeavored to sleep; but a few gentry from Cobourg, in company with the Captain of the boat, kept up such an uproar at one end of the table, that no one could sleep until after one o'clock. Then, worn out, and overcome by the excitement of the brawl, and the fumes of the exhilerating dew, some of the "nice young men" just tumbled over quite comfortably, and no more was heard of them till morning. Their berths were vacant the whole night. The boasted accommodations, and attentiveness to the comfort of passengers, on board the Royal Mail Steamers, which we have so often had dinned in our ears, is nothing but fustian, and we hope another season will not be allowed to pass without some respectable opposition boats being started, if for no other purpose than to make the present monopolists and their servants civil.

p.3 The Fashion and the Gildersleeve have been placed on the river between Lachine and Kingston, to bring up the emigrants by contract in 36 hours, at the rate of 2500 per week if necessary.

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Rick Neilson
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Kingston Herald (Kingston, ON), Aug. 18, 1847