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British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 4, 1845

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The following petition to the Assembly, in regard to the Harbor at Port Hope, has been printed for the use of Members; and as the subject it treats upon is of general interest, its publication in our columns will not be unacceptable to the reading public.

To the Honorable the Commons' House of Assembly of the Province of Canada, in Parliament assembled.

The Petition of the undersigned Ship-owners and Mariners, on Lake Ontario.

Humbly Sheweth:

That from the want of sufficient and commodious Harbours between Toronto and Kingston, on the said Lake, your Petitioners are annually exposed to great loss and danger.

That in the opinion of your petitioners, the interests of all those engaged in commerce or in the navigation of the Lake, would be greatly promoted if the Harbor at Port Hope, instead of remaining private property, were made a public work, and put into a state of completion.

That at a comparatively moderate expense, the said Harbor, possessing as it does great natural advantages for the purpose, might be rendered a highly commodious, safe, and convenient resort for vessels in bad weather.

That in the opinion of your Petitioners, works of public importance and utility, such as the formation of the Harbor in question, should not be left to the accomplishment of private enterprize, and your Petitioners have reason to believe, that so long as the present Harbor remains in the hands and under control of private individuals, it will never be made to answer to the exigencies of commerce, nor be conducted to the satisfaction or advantage of those engaged in the navigation of the Lakes.

That from the want of a sufficient Harbor at the port in question, vessels are frequently compelled by stress of weather to run for Toronto or Kingston, thereby incurring great delay and imminent and unnecessary risk of life and property; a risk which, as your Petitioners believe, has in several instances resulted in the total loss as well of vessels as of their crews, passengers and cargoes.

Wherefore, your Petitioners humbly pray, that your Honorable House will be pleased to grant a sufficient sum of money for the object set forth in this petition, and to pass such enactments (due regard being had to the interests of the present proprietors) as may be necessary for rendering the work in question public, instead of private property.

And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.

Hugh Richardson, Steamer Chief Justice Robinson.

D. Bethune.

Henry S. Hamilton, Schr. Rose of Milton.

Wm. Gordon, Steamer Admiral.

John Gordon, Steamer Eclipse.

James Sutherland, Steamer Sovereign.

Samuel McLarin, Schr. Prosperity.

William McLarin, Schr. John Bull.

Thomas Goulthorpe, Schr. Erin.

Isaac Blain, Schr. Jane & Eliza.

William Twohy, Schr. Rose.

George Ross, Schr. Lord Nelson.

John Kempt, Schr. William Gamble.

Hugh McCab, Schr. Nancy.

Edward Gleeson, Schr. Dolphin.

Thos. Dick, R.M. Steamer City of Toronto.

William Colcleugh, do. do. Princess Royal.

Henry Richardson, Steamer Queen.

Henry Dorky, Steamer America.

Toronto, 1st March, 1845.

p.3 Navigation on the Bay - It is said that the steamer Prince Edward, Captain Bonter, left Belleville yesterday morning, and came down as far as Trumpour's point, Adolphustown, but being unable to proceed farther in consequence of the ice, she returned to Belleville. As the wind has been blowing hard all night from the south west, the remaining ice will be cleared out immediately, and we think it probable that the Prince Edward will be here tomorrow, and proceed hence to Kingston. attempts to reach Picton. [Picton Sun, April 1st]

Real Opening of Navigation - At last we may say that Navigation has re-commenced. The Bay boat, the Lake boat, and the River boat are running, if not very regularly, at least without much delay.



Will be sold at Public Sale, on the Premises, at Molson's Wharf, on Monday, 7th inst.


capable of carrying 950 barrels Flour, or 7,000 Staves; New Mainsail, standing and flying Jibs; with full employment for the Season, from Messrs. Calvin, Cook & Co.

Terms made known at Sale.

Sale at 12 o'clock, noon.

J. LINTON, A. & B.

Kingston, 2nd April, 1845.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 4, 1845