(copied from Whig by British Colonist, March 24, 1841)
p.2 The Forwarding Business - Vast preparations are making in all parts of the Province, to carry on the forwarding business between Upper and Lower Canada, next season, on a scale commensurate with its increased importance. Last spring the immense Exports to Lower Canada of Canadian and American Flour took the trade by surprise, and although a large business was done, yet it must be confessed, a great proportion was done in a manner very unsatisfactory to the feelings of both Shippers and Forwarders. This is ever the case when a particular trade expands itself, before the means of doing it are equally extended.
The Ottawa & Rideau Company (Messrs. McPherson & Crane) relieved from the intolerable burden of towing the entire of the Upper Country Imports from Lachine to Kingston, will devote the whole of their Steamboats and Barges to the conveyance of Goods consigned to their especial custody, as usual, via the Rideau Canal. This Company will have no less than twelve Steamboats on the Line; three on the Ottawa River, seven on the Canal, one on the Bay of Quinte, and one on the St. Lawrence, together with an infinity of Barges, Durham Boats and Bateaux. A very large business will be done by them.
Messrs. Hooker & Henderson, together with Messrs. H. & S. Jones, will also run a line of Steamboats from Montreal to Kingston via the Canal. - Several Steamers for this new Company are now building at Brockville, Prescott and other places, which it is said will be in sufficient forwardness for the early Spring business. The boats of this Company will ascend the St. Anne's Rapids, which is very practicable in the Spring, when the Ottawa is high, and the new Lock at St. Anne's is expected to be finished before the waters fall. Many persons have insinuated that this Company is starting in opposition to the 0. & R. Company, and that ruinously low charges will be the consequence; such is not the fact. There is the best understanding between the two Establishments, who will not ruin each other to gratify an ungrateful public. A lower priced Tariff (as compared with that of the last two years,) will, however be adopted, the increase of the business justifying the reduction.
In addition to the above Messrs. Sanderson & Murray have notified the public of their intention to run a line of Steamboats on the Rideau, to be ready on the opening of navigation; but we are not sufficiently acquainted with the arrangements of this Firm to give any particulars.
On the St. Lawrence there will be two Forwarding Lines, those of Messrs. Matthie, Easton & Co. and Messrs. Ferguson & McGibbon. The notice of the first mentioned house will be found in our columns, from which it may be gathered, that goods are expected to be brought up the River with equal facility, as via the Canal. This however remains to be proved. This increase in the Forwarding Trade bodes well for Kingston.
Upon the Lake the daily line of powerful steamboats will be completed as usual, and in addition the Hon. J. Hamilton has given early intimation of his intention to establish a daily boat between Kingston and Oswego.