p.3 We perceive that much preparation is making for a vigorous business being done on the opening of navigation. We are glad to find that our enterprising townsmen, Messrs. M.W. & E. Browne have purchased the Steamer Transit, and intend placing her on the route between this Port and Toronto, Kingston, Oswego, etc. She is, if we recollect right, for the most part built of Cedar, and is propelled by one of the best Engines on the Lake. She is a favorite Steamer, and we are much pleased that she has come into possession of the firm we have named. It was long a matter of surprise that Hamilton, being the depot of an immense carrying trade did not own a single steamboat. This can now no longer be said, and we trust that it is but the beginning of a more extensive arrangement of carrying on the business of this City in vessels belonging to our own Port. The Eclipse will, we understand, shortly take her place between Wellington Square and Toronto. The Telegraph is also expected to resume her route between Hamilton and Lewiston, and is to be again commanded by Capt. Masson, who is deservedly a favorite. On Lake Erie every preparation is making for the coming season. Capt. Willoughby, the popular Commander of the Emerald, is to take charge of the Steamer London, on the route between Buffalo and Detroit; Capt. Van Allen is going on the new steamer Canada - both magnificent boats. The Emerald takes her old route between Chippewa and Buffalo. We learn that a Steamer will ply regularly twice a week between Port Dover and Buffalo, during the ensuing season. [Hamilton Gazette]
Competition On The Bay of Quinte - We are glad to hear that Messrs. Read, Corby & Harrison, of Belleville, have bought the Queen Victoria, formerly on the Lake, and intend placing her on the Bay. Capt. Harrison, one of the parties, will be her commander. The Messrs. Platt, of Hay Bay, also have a boat which they intend for the navigation of the Bay. These, with the old Line, will probably ensure sufficient competition on our waters, so that the public may expect moderate charges and civil treatment for the ensuing season. [Picton Sun]
The Undersigned hereby give notice, that on the opening of the Navigation, they will forward the Produce now in their Stores at Kingston subject to Freight, at 1s. 6d. per Barrel Flour, and other Property in proportion, together with the usual charges for Winter Storage and Marine Insurance; and that all other Property Forwarded downwards by them, will be subject to such Freight as may be specially agreed upon, or as may be hereafter advertised.
MACPHERSON CRANE & Co.
HOOKER, HOLTON & Co.
H. JONES & Co.
Montreal, 20th March, 1847.