The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Dec. 2, 1845

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p.2 The following, headed "Rascality", appears in the Picton Gazette of the 28th ult. We cannot, and do not believe the statement to be true, and doubt not that the Kingston Committee will take an early opportunity to vindicate their conduct.

The inhabitants of Kingston may (run mad ?) with their Railroad schemes, but they will not find one single individual here to participate with them in their sanguine expectations, or can they procure one person of any standing to subscribe for stock "A burnt child dreads the fire," an adage which applies with undiminished force to our townsmen and others in the District. A few years ago some spirited individuals were prevailed upon to purchase stock in a Steamer which was afterwards built and called the Prince Edward. A committee was appointed consisting chiefly of Kingston gentlemen: the boat cost 4000 Pounds. The first season she made a little debt, the second she cleared 1000 Pounds - the third realized the same money; not one of the shareholders here received their portion of the profits, nor was a dividend declared. The boat was sold last year by the orders of the Committee, to Capt. Bonter for 2500 Pounds, the shareholders here not receiving one farthing of the money they had advanced, but all pocketed by the acting committee. This is honesty with a vengeance! When the accredited Agent of the Shareholders here conferred with Mr. Greer, agent for the acting committee, he could procure no information nor receive any satisfaction. This is what we designate down right robbery. People here were induced to subscribe and pay money by the fair and feasible promises of the proprietors; and now gulled, duped, deceived, and laughed at, they have the passiveness of disposition and tameness of spirit to pocket the affront, and receive a great injury with the meekness of Job. We are not at all surprised that our townsmen will have nothing to do with the Kingstonian Railroad manias, either in the Railroad speculation or in any joint stock company scheme. But we are surprised that they do not take some legal steps (averse as they are to coercive measures,) to recover their just rights, and obtain some share of their property be it ever so small.

p.3 The Close of the Season - Winter has set in and navigation has ceased for the year 1845. The only river mail steamer, the Henry Gildersleeve, has ceased running, and the only Lake steamer, the Princess Royal, leaves Kingston today for Toronto, on her last trip. Schooners and smaller craft are preparing to lay up for the winter....

Spring Navigation - We have reason to believe that the communication between Lakes Ontario and Erie will be open in the spring, for vessels of 26 feet beam, and measuring 138 feet from knight-head to taffrail, though vessels of 141 feet 6 inches can pass. Hitherto, on account of the non-completion of the two lower locks, 120 or 125 feet has been the extreme length. It is also the intention of the Government, we understand, to place powerful steam tugs on the St. Lawrence, between the different canals, so that the public may realize the advantages of their construction, in a very much reduced cost of transportation between Kingston and Montreal. [St. Catharines Journal]

The Navigation - The season is now drawing to a close, the City of Toronto and Princess Royal have made occasional trips between Toronto and Kingston, for the last ten days. The former vessel left this port on Tuesday night, with a full cargo of flour - and the Princess brought up a large quantity of merchandize, on Thursday morning. The Queen and Eclipse are still plying between Toronto and Hamilton; the Chief Justice and Admiral between Toronto, Niagara, Queenston and Lewiston. The America is still running between this port and Rochester. We have been given to understand that the Chief Justice and Admiral will continue to ply between Toronto, Niagara etc. (weather permitting) during the winter. [Toronto Canadian, Nov. 29th]

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Dec. 2, 1845