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Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), July 25, 1849

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Communication with Lake Champlain.

We have great pleasure in announcing the arrival at our Port this morning, from Lake Ontario, of the steamer Juno, with two barges in tow, freighted to and owned by H.W. Catlin, Esq. This wheat is from Toledo, Ohio, at the extreme western end of Lake Erie, and has been brought to our wharves in Burlington, from Lake Ontario, without breaking bulk! It left Buffalo on the 16th instant, and, in order to accommodate the lighter draft of the Chambly Canal (which will be obviated by the Caughnawaga) was transhipped at Kingston.

We very cordially congratulate our readers on this interesting commercial news, not alone on account of its demonstrating the easy practicability of intercommunication between the great Western Lakes and Lake Champlain, but more particularly in view of the following tables, for which we are indebted to Mr. Catlin, and which strongly illustrate the great difference in expensiveness of transportation in favor of the Lake route over the Canal route. This time, we respectfully apprise the Albany Evening Journal, there is no "guess work";-

Canal Route.

Toledo to Buffalo 4 cents per bush.

Buffalo to Albany 17 " "

Albany to Burlington 6 " "


Lake Route.

Toledo to Kingston 5 cents per bush.

Kingston to Burlington 10 1/2 "

15 1/2 cents.

Showing the decisive difference of 10 1/2 cents in favor of the Lake over the Canal route.

Mr. Catlin is entitled to great credit for the enterprise and energy displayed in carrying this important commercial movement through to demonstration. Now push forward the remaining short Ship Canal, and our Lake will be covered with results that will surprise the confident and confound the incredulous!

The Juno will sail early next week, for Chicago, for which port she has already engaged some five or six hundred boxes of glass, as freight. [Burlington Free Press]

Murder of Capt. Taylor - more details of his death in Mexico. [Niagara Chronicle]

p.2 Steamboat Opposition - The opposition which has been waged for some time between rival lines of steamers on the lake and river has terminated. We understand that the New Era and Sovereign will be withdrawn from the Lake, and the Lord Elgin and Fashion from the River - the lines being formed precisely as they stood last season.

We believe that the change will not be attended by a return to the old fares. Fifteen shillings is mentioned as the fare to Toronto, and 20 shillings to Hamilton. These rates are at once moderate and remunerative.

For California - Two vessels are advertised to sail from our lakes for San Francisco - the brig Eureka, of Buffalo, and the brig Iroquois, of Sackets Harbor. The requisite permission has been obtained from the British gov't for the passage of these vessels through our waters to the sea.



For Sale, lying at Hatter's Bay, a Strong Built and Substantial Barge, well adapted for carrying Stone or Wood. Dimensions - 51 feet long by 20 beam; depth of Hold - 3 feet 6 inches; and Decked with 3 1/2 inch plank. Terms liberal. For further particulars apply to Mr. James Fisher, Hatter's Bay, or to the Subscriber.


Kingston, July 24th, 1849.

Died - At Portsmouth last evening, Capt. John McIntyre, of apoplexy, aged 42.

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Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), July 25, 1849