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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 20, 1848

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The new and splendid steamer Ottawa, will be ready to take up her station in two months, and is expected to make the trip through to Carrillon in about three hours, which, by the cooperation of Messrs. MacPherson & Crane's splendid new steamer Speed, Capt. Lighhall, will afford to the inhabitants of Bytown and the Upper Ottawa the long wished for boon of being able to make the journey, between Montreal to Bytown, by daylight and in half the time the performance of the same distance until lately occupied. Travellers to the Caledonia Springs will now reach their destination early in the day, instead of, as heretofore, in the evening; in fact, there is nothing now required but the construction of a railroad to abolish that horrible jolting and imminent danger of dislocating all the bones in one's body, between Carrillon and Grenville, to complete the last link in the chain of improvement, and place travelling on the Ottawa, either for business or for the sake of viewing its beautiful scenery, on a footing as perfect as that of any route, either in this or in any other country.

When the Ottawa shall have taken her place upon the route between Lachine and Carrillon, the accommodation, as far as steamboats is concerned, will be complete to Portage du Fort, or Albertville, a distance of about 200 miles from the metroplis.

The Steamer Speed, one of the prettiest vessels on the Canadian waters, takes her place on the route between Grenville and Bytown, on Monday next. This vessel has been fitted up in the richest style, and we believe the delay in her regular trips is owing to a desire on the part of her proprietors to complete the necessary arrangements. The Steamer Emerald, plying on Lac Du Chene, is also a beautiful vessel, and the accommodations are every way complete as also the Oregon on the Chatts Lake.

What we now require to render travel upon the Ottawa a source of pleasure as well as convenience, is the construction of a railroad between Carrillon and Grenville, over the Portage, a distance of about 15 miles, and a Macadamized or Plank Road between Bytown and Aylmer..... [Bytown Packet]

Imperial Navigation Laws which prohibit Americans from using Canadian waters, are to blame for poor economy in Canada.


Kingston Marine List.

Vessels Arrived In Port.

May 16th - Schr. Sovereign, Hamilton, 1607 bbls. flour.

Str. Queen Victoria, Belleville, gen. cargo.

Str. Rochester, Ogdensburgh.

Str. Cataract, Rochester, gen. cargo.

17th - Schr. Jane Anne Marsh, Port Hope, gen. cargo.

Schr. Premier, Port Glasgow, 9698 bushels wheat, 200 standard staves, Macpherson & Crane.

Str. Lady of the Lake, Rochester, gen. cargo.

Prop. Earl Cathcart, Windsor, gen. cargo.

Str. Canada, Lachine, passengers, baggage, and freight.

Str. Dawn, Hamilton, passengers, baggage and freight.

Schr. Mohawk, Oshawa, gen. cargo.

Schr. General Browne, Sackets Harbor, in ballast.

Scow Lash ?, Sackets Harbor, in ballast.

Str. Prince of Wales, Belleville, gen. cargo.

Schr. Perseverance, Oswego, 2000 bush. shorts, P. McIntyre.

18th - Schr. Dart, Cleveland, 140 bbls. mess pork, Macpherson & Crane; 51 do. tallow, H. & S. Jones; 1000 do. flour, 15 bbls. mess pork, W.S. McDonald; 10 bbls. mess pork, 3 tierces hams, 4 lots bacon, R. Gaskin.

Schr. Excelsior, Toledo, 1773 bbls. mess pork, 9 half barrels do., Macpherson & Crane.

Brig Woodman, Wellington, 34 bbls. pork, 235 do. flour, 1400 bush. peas, 950 do. wheat, Hooker & Henderson.

Str. Queen Victoria, Belleville, gen. cargo.

Str. Gildersleeve, Lachine, gen. cargo.

Schr. Jessie Wood, Port Dover, 661 bbls. flour, 149 do. whiskey, 8 do. ashes, H. & S. Jones.

Schr. Sophia, Coburg, 2669 bush. wheat, 643 bbls. flour, Quebec Forwarding Company.

Schr. Maria Cook, Bear Creek, 48 pieces white oak, 1400 pipe staves, Calvin, Cook & Co.

Schr. James Coleman, Hamilton, 2693 bbls. flour, 15 do. peas, 90 do. biscuit, 8 do. pork, J.H. Greer & Co.; 49 bbls. flour, Quebec Forwarding Company.

Schr. Perry, Whitby, 706 bbls. flour, Macpherson & Crane; 100 do. do., John Carruthers.

19th - Schr. Ocean, Oshawa, 1465 bbls. flour, H. & S. Jones.

Schr. George Moffatt, Clarkville, 936 bbls. flour, J.H. Greer & Co.

Str. Prince of Wales, Belleville, gen. cargo.

Schr. Sarah and Cornelia, Port Dover, 59 pieces oak square timber, Calvin, Cook & Co.

Str. Passport, Lachine, passengers, freight and baggage.

Schr. Magnet, Oswego, gen. cargo.


The Splendid New Iron Steamer


Capt. James Sutherland.

Leaves Kingston for Cobourg, Toronto, Hamilton, etc. Every Tuesday and Friday Evening, on the arrival of the Montreal Boat at Kingston.

Kingston, 15th May, 1848.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 20, 1848