The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 21, 1844

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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 monopolising 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 twelve hours; whereas five 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 and 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.

Departure of the Governor General - Sir Charles Metcalfe takes final departure from Kingston; boards the new and commodious steamer Caledonia at the Ottawa and Rideau Wharf, to pass through the rapids of the St. Lawrence Rapids to the seat of his future government - (Kingston no longer to be seat of Government.)

p.3 "The Frontenac, on her trip up on Monday night, accidentally caught fire, which for a time threatened to destroy the boat; it was, however, got under by the greatest exertion, without any serious damage." [Cobourg Star of Wednesday]

The Editor of the Cobourg Star has been imposed upon. Nothing having the slightest tendency to endanger the Frontenac, occurred during the passage. The rumor must have originated in a desire to injure the character of the boat, the owners of which have experienced many petty annoyances since running her on the Lake, that are highly discreditable to the parties who instigate them. [News]

Sudden Death - A sailor, named Calvin Jones, was found dead in his bed on Sunday morning, on board the sch. Princess Victoria, lying at the Wharf. He had been keeping watch but a couple of hours before. He was esteemed as a steady sober man. He was a native of the U.S. [Hamilton Gazette, June 17th]

Attempted Murder On The Beauharnois Canal - by unhappy labourer, who had been fired by boss. [Montreal Times, June 18th]

Another Melancholy Accident - On Saturday the Steamer Sovereign, Captain Elmsley, crossed over to Niagara from Toronto, with goods and passengers, and we understand several persons availed themselves of the opportunity to enjoy a pleasure trip. Some of Capt. Elmsley's family were among the party; and we regret to say that one of his sons, a fine boy, five years of age, was accidentally drowned in the Niagara Dock. [Colonist]

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 21, 1844