The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 7, 1847

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p.2 The Passport - Yesterday there was a large concourse of visitors at Lachine to witness the starting of the Passport, a new steamer to ply between that port and Kingston, belonging to the Hon. John Hamilton. We were unfortunate enough only just to arrive in time to see her start, and, therefore, can but speak generally. She appears to us, the great Quebec and Montreal boats excepted, to be by far the finest thing of her kind we have seen on these waters. She is built of iron, brought, ready for putting together at Kingston, from Glasgow, with one horizontal engine from Messrs. Ward and Brush's foundry in this city. Her motion was very easy, without any rolling, and, though we have not yet seen her log, it was evident, until the eye lost sight of her over the clear expanse of Lake St. Louis, that she was making amazing headway. We have not a doubt either of her swiftness or steadiness; and, we understand, particular care has been taken to give her a large surface of boiler plate in proportion to the section of her cylinder; that is, her boilers are large for the nominal horse power of her engine, which ensures safety and smoothness in working, favouring durability of boilers, from not exposing them to excessive heat and high drafts, and supplying the steam with regularity, and thus obviating the two most frequent causes of accidents in steamers. This fine vessel will at present go through the Beauharnois and Cornwall Canals, and will pass that of Lachine downwards, when completed, to this city. Her size is quite astonishing, and fully equal to any possible requirements of trade. We regard her being launched as quite marking an era in Canadian navigation; for, when vessels of 200 feet in length, and drawing, as she does, 5 feet water at stem, and six at stern, can pass through the whole extent of our internal waters, and towing barges of corresponding dimensions and still greater draft, it is obvious that no artificial constructions can prevent the St. Lawrence becoming every year more and more the main artery of the traffic of the West. Her accommodations for travellers are unequalled, we believe, on this route, and certainly the character of - no one on it can stand higher than that of her master, Capt. Bowen.

(Whig copy was damaged - this is from Montreal Gazette June 30th, 1847 p.2)



To the Editor of the British Whig.

Mr. Editor,

Permit me to bring under the notice of the proper authorities through your columns, the impropriety of landing Emigrants on Mr. Smith's new Warf, at the foot of Queen Street. There those poor unfortunates are hurried from off the barges, as they arrive, with scarcely a foothold to secure them from falling into the water, and drowning; because of the wharf being generally almost entirely covered with cordwood. Last night one of them fell off the wharf, and was, with difficulty, saved. It is impossible that they can sleep without danger of losing their lives, and as to their being able to cook, or otherwise obtain any comfort while there, the thing is out of the question. Humanity demands that their condition should be looked to at once.

Yours Respectfully,


Kingston, July 6th, 1847.

Row at Oswego - A disgraceful occurrence took place at Oswego on board the British steamer, the Queen. This vessel took over a party of pleasure to Oswego from the Bay of Quinte and Kingston, to witness the celebration of the 4th of July; and while lying in the harbor, the Queen was further engaged to take out another party from Oswego on a short cruise on the lake. While going out, some little damage was sustained by coming in contact with a schooner, and on the return to harbor, a violent row took place on board the Queen, during which a blackguard Yankee mob, composed of the vilest of the vile, tore down the British Flag, trod it under foot, and committed numberless other outrages. The Oswego Authorities behaved in the handsomest manner, and promptly interfered to protect the vessel, her passengers and crew from further injury; and the captain and crew of the American steamer Lady of the Lake, then in harbor, also gallantly interfered to save the lives and property on board the Queen; and through their assistance, the latter vessel was enabled to get up her steam, and return to Canada. From the fullest enquiries we could make, we learn that no persons in Oswego were to blame, save the vilest of the vile, the canal boatmen and canal laborers, then half drunk with liquor and republicanism. Everybody in town did their utmost to repress the violance and insolance of the brutal mob.

Corporation of Kingston - Mr. Smith (Frontenac) has brought in a bill relieving the inhabitants of Garden Island from the exaction of Harbor Dues, no small item, since upwards of 100 vessels are unladen during the season at Messrs. Calvin, & Cook's Establishment at Garden Island.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 7, 1847