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British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 29, 1844

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Arrival from Buffalo - Just as we expected, Capt. Whitaker ahead again - As the Buffalo papers announced that the steam boat United States, Capt. Whitaker, was advertised to leave Buffalo for this port on the 9th inst. and she not arriving here before the papers of that day came round by land, we had made up our mind that Capt. Whitaker had been baulked for once; but lo! about breakfast time yesterday, up came the steamboat United States in gallant style to our wharf, being the first vessel out of Buffalo this season.

The States left Buffalo, according to her advertisement, on Saturday afternoon, the 9th. After proceeding some five or six miles, she found herself completely surrounded by the ice which a strong head wind had blown down; here she was obliged to remain during Saturday night and most of Sunday; towards the close of the day the wind had somewhat moved the ice so as to allow the boat to turn round, and at about five o'clock she returned back to Buffalo. With characteristic perseverance and energy, Capt. Whitaker put out again on Thursday, and came through in triumph. We understand that the boat encountered ice 100 miles this side of Buffalo, though it had to cut its way through about forty miles only!

The United States has had a thorough overhauling and repair since last season. A new and spacious cabin has been erected upon the upper deck, with twenty odd, large, airy, and elegant state rooms. Her arrangements are now equal to those of the best boats of her class.

The U.S. had a fine lot of passengers, several of whom were our own citizens, who unite in bearing testimony in favor of Capt. W. and his boat.

It will be recollected that Capt. Whitaker, with the Steamboat Columbus, was the first out of Buffalo last season, arriving here the 8th of May. [Detroit Free Press, March 18th]

The steamer Transit, Captain Richardson, commenced her daily trips between Toronto and Niagara, on Monday, - leaving Toronto every morning, and returning from Lewiston, Queenston, and Niagara in the afternoon. [British Colonist, March 28th]

Opening of the Navigation - We understand that the Royal Mail Steam Packet City of Toronto will make her first trip this season, from Toronto to Kingston, on Tuesday next. She may therefore be expected on Wednesday morning. The ice will in all probability have disappeared ere then, if not she can easily reach Portsmouth.



The Public are respectfully informed that the New Low Pressure

Steam Boat


Will commence plying on the opening of the navigation, under the command of the Subscriber, between Kingston and Montreal, having superior accommodation for Freight and Passengers, and will be conducted on strictly Tee-total principles.


March 27th, 1844.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 29, 1844