The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 24, 1848

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p.2 The monopoly meets this season very formidable opposition in the freight carrying business. The Dawn, the Commerce, the Free Trader, the Ottawa, the Britannia, and the Western Miller - all fine fast sailing steamers - carry goods direct from Lake Ontario to Montreal, at a much cheaper rate; and quite as quickly as the Royal Mail Line, with, at the same time, none of the risk and inconvenience of transhipment. We regret that these vessels have not more accommodation for cabin passengers, as we are sure they would be well supported in that way also. There would be but few hours difference as to time, compared with the mail line, for we are informed that the Free Trader was but half an hour longer than the Princess Royal in making a trip from Kingston! [Toronto Banner]

Need for Removal of Restrictions on St. Lawrence River - editorial.


Kingston Marine List.

Vessels Arrived In Port.

May 22nd - Schr. Shickluna, St. Catharines, 1029 bbls. flour, Hooker & Henderson; 510 bbls. flour, Macpherson & Crane.

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

Propeller Ireland, Hamilton, 1924 bbls. flour, Holmes, Young & Co.; 80 bbls. flour, William Spence; 64 bbls. pork, J. Buchanan & Co.

Str. Commerce, Port Stanley, 250 tons copper ore, Macpherson & Crane; 8 bbls. high wines, Browne & Harty; 12 bbls. pork, Macpherson & Crane; 20 bbls. ashes, 10 bbls. pork, J.R. Orr; 4 bbls. ashes, Dougall & Redpath.

Scow Ferry, Sackett's Harbor, 72 bbls. grease lard, Macpherson & Crane.

Str. Cataract, Ogdensburgh, passengers and baggage.

Str. Passport, Lachine, freight and passengers.

23rd - Str. (sic) Queen Victoria, Dunnville, 104 pcs. oak timber, Calvin, Cook & Co.

Schr. Illinois, Oswego, 500 hides, J.P. Bowers.

Schr. Hamilton, Hamilton, 455 bbls. flour, Macpherson & Crane; 1150 bbls. flour, J.H. Greer; 56 bbls. flour, H. & S. Jones.

Str. Queen Victoria, Belleville, gen. cargo.

ad for Thomas Robinson, House, Sign and Ship Painter, head of Colborne Street, Kingston.

Exportations of Wheat - But a week or two since, there were conveyed, from this side, we believe from Port Hope to Rochester, 22,000 bushels of wheat, by the Jane Ann Marsh, Ann Jane Brown, and Maid of the Mill, in exchange for which not less than £3300 were probably left among our farmers or merchants.

Since the above was put in type we have seen a statement which makes the receipts of wheat, at Rochester, from Canada, to have been 25,000 bushels, and at Oswego about the same amount which has, in general, been purchased at 4s. per bushel and on which a duty of 9d. per bushel has been paid. [Newcastle Courier]


Commissariat Office,

Toronto, May 12th, 1848.

Sealed Tenders will be received at this office until Friday, the 2nd day of June next, at noon, from all persons willing to charter to the Commissariat Department a Schooner, for the undermentioned services:

The Vessel, which is to be staunch, in good condition, well found, and of not less than 150 tons per register, is to be in readiness at the Port of Toronto, by the 1st of July, to receive on board such Indian Present Goods, or other Stores, as may be required by the Commissariat Department to be embarked in her. She is to proceed, as soon as loaded, to Amherstburgh, where, after discharging the portion of her cargo intended for that Station, she will embark such Stores or Passengers as may be sent on board by the Commissariat Department, and proceed without delay to Penetanguishene. She will receive on board at Penetanguishene such further quantities of Stores, Cattle, and passengers as she may be required by the Commissariat Department to embark for Manitoulin, to which place she must proceed by the 25th July, and arrive on or before the 1st of August following. From that day until the 15rh of August, the vessel will remain at Manitoulin, subject to orders, if required to do so, without being entitled to demurrage.

The surplus Stores and Passengers are to be re-embarked at Manitoulin, and after being landed at Penetanguishene and Amherstburg, as may be directed, the contract to terminate.

Should the vessel be detained by weather, so as not to arrive at Manitoulin, till after the time specified, she must still wait fifteen days, if required to do so, without charge for demurrage.

During the period the vessel shall be in the employment of Government, the passengers proceeding in her are to be accommodated with the use of the Cabin, Cooking Utensils, and othe conveniences of the vessel, and no Passengers nor Stores are to be embarked without the permission of the Senior Officer of the Commissariat.

Convenient place on deck to be provided for any Live Stock it may be found necessary to embark for Manitoulin, so that they may be secure from injury or damage of any kind as far as practicable.

Tenders to specify the sum that will be required for the voyage, and the rate per day for demurrage, in case the vessel should be detained beyond the period mentioned.

Payment will be made at Toronto, in Mexican or United States' Dollars, at 5s. 1d. currency each, or in Bank notes, at the option of the Commissariat, on the production of a certificate from the Senior Commissariat Officer at Penentanguishene, that the service has been properly performed.

Two Sureties will be required, in a Bond to the amount of £500 currency, whose bona fide signatures must be affixed to the Tenders; forms of which may be obtained at this office, and no Tenders will be noticed unless made on these Forms.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 24, 1848