The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 14, 1845

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p.2 During the last week, two new and splendid vessels have been added to our commercial marine. On Thursday Capt. Donaldson launched from the stocks at Port Metcalfe, a beautiful brigantine of about 250 tons burthen, and the following morning Messrs. Calvin, Cook & Co. launched a similarly rigged vessel of about 350 tons. Both of these brigantines are beautiful in model, of the strongest construction, and reflect the highest credit upon the architects under whose superintendence they were built. It will be observed that these vessels are of the enlarged class, intended for trade on this and the more western lakes. The former can now pass through the Welland Canal, but we understand that some time must elapse ere the new works will be so far completed as to admit of the transit of the latter to Lake Erie. Captain Donaldson's Vessel is named the Quebec; Messrs. Calvin, Cook & Co.'s the Liverpool. We but give utterance to the general wish which exists here, when we express the hope that the enterprise which has placed these fine vessels upon our waters, will be amply rewarded.

Welland Canal versus The Erie Canal - The following is from the St. Catharine's Journal of 7th August: - "We are informed that produce is sometimes shipped from Buffalo, via the Welland Canal, for New York; and that three vessels have cleared from that place, for Oswego, within the last eight or ten days - one with wheat to be floured there. This route is stated to be about 10 cents a barrel of flour, and 12 1/2 on pork, cheaper than by the Erie Canal."

[Toronto Colonist]



Port of Kingston - Arrived .

Aug. 7 - Shamrock, Dover, 11344 W.I. staves, 3115 pipe staves, 70 bbls. flour; Henrietta, Port Stanley, 391 bbls flour, 3 potash, 1273 bus wheat, 444 do corn.

Aug. 8 - Amity, Port Hope, 185 bbls flour, 2000 bus. wheat; Thistle, Catfish Creek, 27437 W.I. staves, 10 bbls ashes.

Aug. 9 - Clyde, Port Hope, 3900 bus. wheat; Gen. Wolfe, Port Rowan, 7450 S. staves, 4770 W.I. do.

Aug. 11 - Hannah Counter, 30 Mile Creek, 117 pcs. oak; Thames, Port Dalhousie, 9500 standard staves; Sarnia, Gosfield, 11000 standard staves, 995 W.I. do; Lord Durham, Whitby, 60 bbls. ashes, 547 do flour; Str. Prince of Wales, Bay of Quinte, 3 bbls. potash; Carrier Dove, St. Catherines, 400 bus. flour; Massachusetts, Gibraltar, Detroit, U.S., 29169 W.I. staves; Queen Victoria, Stoney Creek, 107 pcs. oak; Maid of the Mill, Rond Eau, 10057 gross pipe staves.

Aug. 12 - Canada, Oakville, 98 pcs. Oak; Rachael, Clear Creek, 7000 standard staves; Lady Bagot, 1356 standard staves.

Aug. 13 - Mohawk, Port Burwell, 5700 pipe staves, 21450 W.I. do.; Princess Victoria, Port Dalhousie, 9000 pipe staves; Royal Tar, Port Burwell, 1000 gross standard staves; Betsey, Port Dover, 4000 standard staves, 30 bbls flour.

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Kingston News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 14, 1845