The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 14, 1847

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p.2 Steamboats VS Hotels - schedules don't allow passengers to stop and spend money for meals etc. in Kingston. (full column)


Great complaints are being daily made of the exactions of the Corporation, in the shape of Harbour dues, on the steamers, schooners and barges belonging to the Forwarders. - They complain that the Tolls imposed and levied in Kingston Harbour, are beyond all reason exorbitant and illegal. They moreover complain, paying so much as they do, that themselves and their vessels are barred from the use of the Slips in the vicinity of their Wharves and Warehouses, under pretext that these Slips, being public property, are for the sole use of the public, that is, for every body else except the Forwarders.

Now, we do not mean to assert, that vessels frequenting Kingston Harbor should not be made to pay tolls; nor do we say, that the tolls levied are one jot greater than they ought to be; but we do intend to maintain, that as the Forwarders are the main support of Kingston, as a place of business, that every endeavor should be made to remain with their establishments here, instead of what it is said, some of them have in serious contemplation, removing to Prescott.

The consequences of the present state of ill-feeling between the Forwarders of Kingston, the leading men of business, and the Corporation of Kingston, the representatives of the inhabitants, may be these; and they should not be lightly regarded. Instead of continuing to pay the tolls and dues, which they consider illegal and vexatious, the Forwarders may combine, and resist payment by action at law. In which case the Corporation may find out, that altho' they have the authority of a Clause in the Incorporation Act, to impose and collect Harbor Dues, yet as the amount of these dues is not defined or limited, and can be increased or diminished at discretion, the judges of the land may rule the law of the Corporation to be bad and untenable; more especially when it is borne in mind, that as the Provincial Parliament possess no power to tax the commerce of the country, it can delegate that power to no inferior body. Another consequence may be, the Forwarders who possess great parliamentary influence, may enlist the mercantile portion of the Legislature, in their cause, and the introduction of a Special Act of relief in the Session at hand, would not be deemed an extraordinary occurrence.

For the above, and for several other reasons, we entreat the Corporation not lightly to look upon this matter, but to take it into immediate and serious consideration.

Lac Des Chaudieres - The Steamer Emerald left Aylmer on her upward trip for the first time this season on Thursday week.

Forwarding Business at Toronto - From the Government Wharf at the West to Gooderham's wharf at the East of the city is a distance of about 2 miles, along which is interspersed a large number of wharves, all showing signs of a substantial improvement. The class of vessels employed in the Lake and River trade is every year getting larger; and it is found that the smaller ones have not the slightest chance of competing successfully with the larger. It is said by those who understand the subject, that when the canals to Montreal are completed, flour can be profitably carried from this city to Quebec for 1s. 3d. a barrel; though last summer the forwarders charged 2s. and in the fall 2s. 6d. and even higher than that. The Kingston forwarders have not yet published their tariff of rates, but it is said that they stoutly refuse to carry flour from Kingston to Montreal for 3s., and it is expected that they will demand 3s. 6d. [Toronto Examiner]

Duelling - cook on steamer Admiral wants a duel with captain. [Kingston Herald and Colonist]

The Rideau Canal - Official notice has been given that this Canal will be closed from the 14th inst., (today) until the 24th inst., for the purpose of making good the damage caused by the spring freshet.

p.3 The Propeller Otter and a barge, sunk a day or two ago in passing down the Cascades, were consigned to Macpherson, Crane & Co. [Montreal Herald]

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 14, 1847