The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 21, 1843

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p.2 Steam Boat Rivalry - The contention between the Royal Mail Line of Steam Packets to Toronto, and the opposition boat Frontenac, still continues, with ruinous consequences to both parties. We are sorry to see this, because the public being safely, well and cheaply accommodated by the Royal Mail Line, the opposition of the Frontenac serves no earthly purpose. And again, because the Messrs. Ives having embarked their all in their steamboat, it seems both cruel and unjust to see their vessel driven from the route for which she is best adapted, or compelled to continue on it with increasing loss.

But while the British steamboats are thus wasting their energies in fruitless contention, the Yankee Steamboats are monopolizing to themselves one of the most lucrative routes on the Lake. Both freight and passage money between Kingston and Oswego, and vice versa, are enjoyed by American steamers, and no one seems disposed to meddle with the monopoly. Not only have the Yankees the whole of this trade, but they make the most exorbitant charges, and the public are badly served into the bargain. Two dollars and a half are charged for a cabin passage to and from Oswego, and the unlucky traveller is taken round the foot of the lake, by the way of Sackett's Harbor, and detained on board nearly 12 hours; whereas 5 hours are sufficient to cross the lake direct, and one dollar or one dollar and a half would be more in proportion with the diminished rates of passage of the present day. The charges for freight are still more exorbitant.

Now it occurs to us, that instead of the Frontenac's continuing her fruitless opposition to the Royal Mail Steamers, she should be put on the Oswego and Kingston route and sustained on it. The Americans would of course instantly place one of their fastest steamers alongside the Frontenac and endeavor to run her off, but what then? If the Frontenac be properly sustained by the Kingston Merchants, who are daily receiving goods from New York, she would eventually triumph over all opposition. The carrying trade between New York & Canada is large and hourly increasing - why should it be monopolized by the Americans? Why should British Merchants support foreign shipping, when their own vessels are quarrelling for employment? The hints we thus loosely throw out are really worthy of being embodied into something tangible.

p.3 Frontenac caught fire on trip to Toronto. [Star of Wednesday]

-editor of Cobourg Star is wrong - it is only a rumour to injure the character of the Frontenac. [News]

Death of American sailor Calvin Jones in bed on schooner Princess Victoria. [Hamilton Gazette June 17th]

Another Melancholy Accident - son of Capt. Elmsley of steamer Sovereign was drowned in Niagara Dock. [Colonist]

ad for steamer Frontenac, Capt. Ives, Kingston to Hamilton.

ad for steamer Charlotte. Macpherson & Crane

ad for Royal Mail Line Steam Packets - Sovereign, Capt. Elmsley City of Toronto, Capt. T. Dick; Princess Royal, Capt. Colcleugh.

ad for Britannia, Capt. Maxwell.

ad for Rob Roy, Capt. M. K. Dickenson.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 21, 1843