p.2 Canal Navigation - The facilities which our canal navigation, to the Upper Lakes, now offers, are beginning to attract the attention of our Western neighbors. An application for a permit to pass down the St. Lawrence, was made by a Chicago house, to our Government, through a firm in this city, and we publish below the reply of the Governor General.
The object the applicants had in view was to load their vessel in Chicago, and send her direct to England. Under the present law this cannot be granted, but we hope the time is not far distant when such restrictions will be removed; and when this is done, it is our belief that a large number of lake vessels will annually descend the St. Lawrence with cargoes to England and other places, thus giving an opportunity for their winter employment and ensuring their return with cargoes in the Spring. It is only by such means that we can expect to derive revenue from our expensive public works, and until every impediment against the free use of our canals by foreigners is removed, we must be content to pay our present heavy rates of duties on imports.
Montreal, September 23, 1848.
Gentlemen:- I have the honor, by command of the Governor General, to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 7th instant, transmitting a communication to you from Messrs. ____ & ____, of Chicago, in the state of Illinois praying to be allowed to pass their barque Utica, in the state of Illinois, through the Canadian waters to the Ocean.
I am directed to acquaint you, in reply, for the information of the applicants, that on other occasions, and with a view to a more limited use of the Canadian waters by foreign vessels between Quebec and Montreal, questions as to the legality and policy of this navigation have engaged the serious attention of Her Majesty's Government to such an extent as to place it beyond the discretionary power of His Excellency, as Governor of this Colony, to grant the permission prayed for.
His Excellency command me, however, to say that he has reason to believe that this subject will again engage the attention of Her Majesty's Government, as connected with the use of the canals now opened on the line of the St. Lawrence, and with reference to the policy of a trade between Canada and the United States less restricted than at present: and that he hopes, before the opening of the navigation next season, to learn, and to be enabled to make public, the intentions of Her Majesty's Government on these important matters.
I have the honor to be, Gentlemen,
Your most obedient servant,
J. Leslie, Secretary.
Melancholy Accident - As the schr. New Brunswick, laden with flour, was on her way from St. Catharines to Kingston on the night of the 27th instant, off Niagara, one of the hands, named John Hays, was unfortunately knocked overboard by a sudden swing of the main boom. Spars were immediately thrown overboard, that, he might, if possible, reach one and keep himself up, and the boat at once lowered, the captain and four men jumping in and going in search of him. Their exertions, long continued, were, however, fruitless. The young man was highly respected by the crew.
Collision - Caution to Masters of Vessels.
The schooner Perseverance, Capt. McIntyre left this port for Oswego on Thursday morning last, laden with lumber. When beating up near the Brothers Islands, intending to pass to the lake by the upper gap, she was overhauled by the propeller Western Miller, proceeding in the same direction, and through the blundering of the helmsman of the propeller, came into collision, and the mainmast and bowsprit of the Perseverance were carried away in consequence. There was no one on the deck of the propeller except the helmsman, and we refer to the matter to show the necessity for these vessels having at all times having an officer on the look out.
PORT OF KINGSTON - ARRIVED.
Sept. 25th - Percy, Whitby, 610 bbls. flour, 18 pork.
Queen Victoria, Grand River, 96 pcs. timber.
James Coleman, St. Catharines, 2511 bbls. flour, 10 ashes.
Almeda, St. Catharines, 892 bbls. flour, 3240 bush. wheat.
Caledonia, Montreal, merchandize.
Str. Commerce, Port Credit, 200 bbls. flour, 8266 bush. wheat.
Sarnia, Toronto, 6657 bush. wheat.
Albion, Montreal, merchandize.
Ottawa, Montreal, merchandize.
Clyde, Thorold, 1550 bbls. flour.
Princess Royal, Montreal, merchandize.
Merchant Miller, St. Catharines, 1400 bbls. flour, 10 tons bran.
Albion, Port Nelson, 2804 bush. wheat.
26th - Royal Tar, Toronto, 5310 bush. wheat.
Woodman, Oswego, 120 tons plaster, 156 bbls. salt.
27th - Newhaven, Sackett's Harbor, 36 hogs, 28 bags onions, 8 bags corn.
Leopard, Oswego, groceries.
28th - Minerva Cook, Oswego, ballast.
Mayflower, Oswego, groceries.
Str. Scotland, Port Stanley, 7530 bush. wheat; 896 kegs butter, 28 bbls. ashes, 8 bags feathers.
Ellen Park, Amherstburg, 41 bbls. ashes, 9 pork, 28 hhds. tobacco, 3109 bush. wheat, 900 rye.
Sovereign, Hamilton, 1595 bbls. flour.
N.G., Port Dover, 1363 bbls. flour.
29th - Hope, Cleveland, 60 tons coal.
England, St. Catharines, 1300 bbls. flour.
George Moffatt, Oakville, 3600 bush. wheat.
Mohawk, Oshawa, 1226 bbls. flour, 21 ashes, 15 tons bran.
Trafalgar, Bronte, 2828 bush. wheat, 2 bbls. ashes.