The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 11, 1847

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p.3 Opening of the Navigation at Bytown - The ice is now cleared from the Ottawa, and the boats will be running in a few days. The Rideau Canal, also, is almost free of ice. The Engineer Department is busy repairing the deep-cut near this place, part of the bank of which fell in last fall; as also the breaches in the dams at Maitland's and Burritt's rapids, etc.; and we may expect in a few days to see the water let into the Canal, and the navigation fairly commenced between this place and Kingston. We understand that the different Forwarding Companies are making active preparations to carry on business briskly during the season. [Ottawa Advocate May 4th]

The Rideau Canal - An attempt will be made today to reach Bytown from Kingston, Messrs. Macpherson & Crane's steamer Perth, making her first trip. The reports of the carrying away of the dams have turned out to be grossly exaggerated; altho' it must be confessed that some damage has been done by the Spring Freshet.

Port of Kingston.


May 6th - Schr. Rose, 1050 bbls. flour, Hooker & Henderson; 300 do., J.H. Greer & Co.

Brig Breeze, 150 pcs. timber, Calvin, Cook & Co.

May 7th - Schr. Favorite, 1000 bbls. flour, 32 bbls. whiskey, Hooker, Henderson & Co.

Schr. Dart, 1240 bbls. flour, Macpherson & Crane.

Schr. Duke of Wellington, 1220 bbls. flour, Hooker & Henderson; 303 bush. barley, Patterson.

May 9th - Str. Canada, sundries.

Schr. Wm. Penn, 103 pcs. timber, Calvin, Cook & Co.

Schr. Sir C. Bagot, 6588 bush. wheat, sundries, Macpherson & Crane.

Schr. Caledonia, 1528 bbls. flour, Hooker, Henderson & Co.

May 10th - Schr. Shannon, 452 bbls. flour, 4685 bush. wheat, 88 bbls. pork, Jas. A. Walker.

Str. Prince of Wales, sundries.

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The Steamboat


Will commence her Regular Trips on MONDAY, May 10th, between Kingston and the head of the Bay of Quinte.


Will leave Browne's Wharf, Kingston, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, at 9 o'clock A.M., touching at all the intermediate ports on her way up.


Will leave Belleville every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, at 7 o'clock, A.M., for Kingston, touching at all the intermediate Ports on her way down.

She will also call in at PLATT'S WHARF, HAY BAY, every Tuesday, on her way down, and every Wednesday, on her way up.


May, 1847.

Lachine - The Royal Mail Line of Steamers now run down the entire length of Lachine, the Beauharnois and Cornwall Canals being in active operation. Several freight steamers have arrived from Lachine upwards, and the waters of the St. Lawrence are so high, as to render the ascension of all the smaller rapids comparatively easy. Of the four small canals, between Prescott and Cornwall, one only, that at the Les Galoppes Rapids, is finished. A few vessels passed through it last Fall, and a few have done the same thing this Spring. Among others, Capt. Patterson's splendid and capacious Propeller, the Ireland, (in the employment of Messrs. Greer and Colcleugh) now on her second trip from the head of Lake Ontario to Lachine. The steamer Albion, Capt. Johnson, left Kingston on Wednesday last, went down to Lachine, and returned this day, with six Barges in tow, thus proving that the transportation between Kingston and Montreal, can now be done readily via the St. Lawrence.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 11, 1847