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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 31, 1844

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p.3 Speedy Voyaging - The steamer Highlander, Capt. Stearns, arrived on her upward trip yesterday, at a quarter past twelve o'clock, being the quickest arrival from Montreal ever known to have taken place. The passengers left Montreal at 12 o'clock, noon, on Tuesday, reaching the Coteau du Lac at half-past five p.m.; embarked on board the Highlander, and arrived at Kingston at the time above stated. The distance is nearly 200 miles, and the time occupied in travelling was only 24 1/4 hours, 4 of which were occupied in passing the Long Sault Canal. Readers unacquainted with the localities of the route should bear in mind that 26 miles of the journey are by land carriage; 10 miles by canal, 38 miles of rapids and swift waters; and the remaining 100 miles only of fair steamboat navigation. But ten short years ago, to perform the same distance, on the same route, occupied the time of three days. While speaking of quick Canadian travelling, it may be as well to mention, that about a fortnight ago the Hon. John Hamilton had occasion to visit Montreal. He left Kingston on a Wednesday noon, arrived in Montreal the next day, spent five hours in the transaction of his business, left Montreal for Kingston, and reached the latter place by two o'clock, P.M. of Friday, thus passing over, by land and water carriage, a distance of something less than 400 miles in fifty hours!

H.M. Steamer Traveller was sold by Auction yesterday at the Dockyard. She was knocked down to Mr. James Russell for the comparatively small sum of 2300 Pounds. It is understood that there are two gentlemen most favorably known in the navigation of the Lake and River, connected with Mr. R. in the purchase. The Traveller will be fitted up immediately and placed on the route between Kingston and Toronto. [Kingston Chronicle, May 29th]

Fatal Accident - On Thursday, the 16th inst. immediately after the Steamer Dart had passed thruough the Mile's Lock, a plug and ferrule were driven out of the boiler, and its contents thrown over a boy named Thomas Willis, a man named Joseph Hoople, and another of the crew. The boy was so dreadfully scalded that he died the same evening, and the two men are severely injured. By the evidence given upon the inquest, it appears that the plug was put into the boiler in Montreal, in consequence of some of the flues being leaky - that the amount of steam which the boiler was considered capable of carrying was 80 lbs., but the engineer having put in 16 additional stay-bolts, he thought it would sustain a pressure of 100 lbs. with safety - that on the day previous to the explosion, there had been a race between the Dart and three other boats, when an additional weight was put upon the valve, making the pressure 85 lbs., and this weight was kept on between Long Island and Burritt's Rapids, a distance of 24 miles - but at the time of the explosion the pressure was only 50 lbs.

The boiler had been examined in Montreal (missing one line) a crack had been found in the flue to which the ferrule was attached, which caused it to give way.

The deceased immediately after the accident staggered upon deck, quite blinded, and would have fallen overboard had he not been caught by the engineer. The mouth and face were so inflamed that he could not speak, and he breathed with difficulty, and suffered the most excruciating torments until he died.

The jury returned a verdict - that the deceased Thomas Willis came to his death, in consequence of a plug and ferrule coming out of the boiler of the Steamer Dart, which gave vent to so much steam and hot water as to scald the said Thomas Willis to death, and that no blame can be attached to any person on board at the time the calamity took place.

[Montreal Times, May 27th]


(Sundays Excepted)

Between Toronto and Kingston

Calling at the Intermediate Ports, viz.:

Windsor, Darlington, Bond Head, Port Hope and Cobourg, weather permitting.

The Royal Mail Steam Packets

Sovereign - Capt. Elmsley.

City of Toronto, Capt. T. Dick.

Princess Royal, Capt. Colcleugh.

Sail as Under,

From Toronto to Kingston:

Sovereign - Every Monday and Thursday, at Noon.

City of Toronto - Every Tuesday and Friday at Noon.

Princess Royal - Every Wednesday and Saturday at Noon.

From Kingston to Toronto:

Princess Royal - Every Monday and Thursday Evenings, at 8 o'clock.

Sovereign - Every Tuesday and Friday Evenings, at 8 o'clock.

City of Toronto - Every Wednesday and Saturday Evenings, at 8 o'clock.

Steamers arrive daily at Toronto from Hamilton and Niagara, in time for the above Boats to Kingston.

Passengers are particularly requested to look after their personal Luggage, as the Proprietors will not be accountable for any article whatever, unless entered and signed for, as received by them or their Agents.

Royal Mail Packet Office, Front St.

Toronto, 16th May, 1844

First of June, 1844

The New Steam Packet


Hugh Richardson, Master.

Leaves Lewiston and Queenston, in the Niagara River, and direct for Kingston, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, at 3 o'clock P.M. and arrives at Kingston the following morning in time for the Mail, and other boats for Montreal.


Leaves Kingston on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, for Niagara and Toronto, at 5 o'clock, P.M., arriving in Niagara in time for the morning boat for Toronto, and at Queenston and Lewiston for the Rail Road Cars for Niagara Falls, Lockport and Buffalo.

By this direct arrangement the route from Niagara Falls to Kingston is made in 15 hours; to Montreal in 36 hours; and to Quebec in 48 hours.

The Steam Packet TRANSIT, Hugh Richardson, Junior, Master, leaves Toronto daily for Niagara, Queenston and Lewiston, at half-past 7 o'clock, A.M.

Returning - Leaves the above Ports for Toronto daily at 2 o'clock P.M.

The Steam Packet Queen Victoria, Henry Richardson, Master, leaves Lewiston, Queenston and Niagara, daily at 9 o'clock, A.M. for Toronto, arriving in time for the Mail Packets for Kingston.

Returning - Leaves Toronto for Niagara, Queenston and Lewiston, at 2 o'clock P.M., after the arrival of the Mail Packets from Kingston.


James Browne, Toronto;

Richard Scobell, Kingston;

William Hope, Niagara;

J.M. Dyee, Niagara Falls.

HUGH RICHARDSON, Owner, Toronto.

N.B. - No Goods or Luggage taken in charge unless booked and paid for.

LIGHT HOUSE SUPPLIES - Tenders called for supplying 4,500 gallons winter-pressed sperm oil, 500 doz. lamp wicks, 50 doz. lamp tubes or chimneys, etc. - conditions of tender.

Board of Works, Kingston, 27th May, 1844. Thomas A. Begly.


The New Low Pressure Steam Boat


Will leave Kingston for Montreal, every Monday, at 2 o'clock, P.M., descending all the Rapids of the St. Lawrence.

For Freight or Passage, apply to the Captain on Board, or to


Kingston, May 31st, 1844.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 31, 1844