The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 17, 1848

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p.2 Collector of Customs - there are plans to exchange the Collectors at Dickenson's Landing (Mr. Bullock,) Maitland (Mr. Jones,) and Milford (Verner.) [Statesman]

The Free Trader, one of the new class of steamers, whose construction is peculiarly, and we believe exclusively Canadian, reached this city on Saturday, from Toledo. She is loaded with a cargo equivalent in bulk and weight to 2500 barrels of flour or 250 tons, and with that cargo on board, passed many of the old steam traders on the lakes; travelling at the rate of ten miles an hour. Her cargo consists of Indian corn, corn meal, pork, tallow, and lard, in great part for the account of the enterprising house of Young, Holmes, & Knapp. We understand that she is to be forthwith reloaded for a return voyage to Chicago, with salt, fish, oil, and pig iron. - The intention of her owners, Messrs. Hooker and Holton, is, that she shall proceed from thence direct to Halifax. The trade which we may expect with the latter port, may be best understood from the following facts, which came to our knowledge on Saturday. A merchant of Cincinnati, struck with the facilities of the St. Lawrence route for the distribution of the large supplies of salt fish required for the basin of the upper Mississippi, wrote to a House in Halifax with the view of establishing a trade by that route. He was referred to a firm in this city for the best information, and having visited Montreal in pursuance of his design, he has already ordered five hundred barrels of mackerel, which are now being loaded for Toledo, from whence they will go by canal to Cincinnati. We understand that there will be a saving of two month's time, besides a very large amount in freight and charges on the transmission of the fish by this route. Our readers will remember, that a few days ago, we mentioned this trade in salt fish, as one that must inevitably find its way through our borders...

...We shall await the downward voyage of the Free Trader with great anxiety, in order to see how far she may justify the opinions we expressed on Saturday with regard to the steam navigation of the Lower St. Lawrence. We shall look upon it, besides, as the era of a new commercial connection with that outpost of British North America, the port of Halifax. [Montreal Herald]

The Free Navigation of the St. Lawrence - a long editorial.

Correction - the Commander of the war propeller Jefferson is Capt. Howard, Lieut. Fulton is the First Lieutenant.

The Launch at Portsmouth - On Wednesday last, the launch of Messrs. Platt's new steamer, the Comet, took place according to notice. The day was propitious, and the attendance was good. About 4 o'clock, all things being ready, the last support was knocked away, and the beautiful and graceful vessel glided slowly towards her destined element, but ere she had well reached it, owing to the shallowness of the water, and the descent not being sufficiently great, she stuck and remained fast. Many endeavors were made to get her off, but they were unavailing, and the crowd of spectators were compelled to depart, mortified and dissatisfied. Next day assistance was procured, and she floated. The Comet is one of the most elegant boats yet built in Canada. She is light, broad and will be swift. Her engines are powerful, (two forties,) and her boilers are constructed on the most efficient principles.


Kingston Marine List.

Vessels Arrived In Port.

June 11th - Str. Passport, Montreal, 2 1/2 tons merchandise.

12th - Schr. Shannon, Hamilton, 7 bbls. whiskey, Macpherson & Crane; 1605 do. flour, Hooker, Henderson & Co.

Schr. Red Bird, Oswego, in ballast.

13th - Schr. Minerva, Cobourg, 530 barrels flour, 45 barrels pork, Quebec Forwarding Company; 300 bbls. flour, 2 bbls. potash, H. & S. Jones & Co.

Str. Britannia, Hamilton, gen. cargo.

Schr. Belle, Chatham, 56 hhds. tobacco, 380 bush. wheat, 9 bbls. potash, Macpherson & Crane; 12 bbls. pearl ashes, Hooker, Henderson & Co.

Str. Queen Victoria, Belleville, gen. cargo.

14th - Str. Prince of Wales, Belleville, gen. cargo.

Schr. Ellen Parke, Amherstburgh, gen. cargo.

Schr. Ocean, Oshawa, 1305 bbls. flour, 14 tons bran, H. & S. Jones & Co.

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

Schr. Acorn, Oswego, in ballast.

Str. City of Toronto, Toronto, gen. cargo.

Schr. Dart, Cleveland, 80 bbls. pork, 3 casks bacon and hams, C. Collins; 240 bbls. Indian corn meal, 18 bbls. tallow, 129 kegs lard, 67 boxes starch, H. & S. Jones; 600 bbls. flour, 217 bbls. mess pork, W.S. Macdonald; 50 bbls. tallow, Quebec Forwarding Company.

16th - Schr. Arabella, Oswego, gen. cargo.


The New Daily Line of Steamers


To Niagara Falls and Buffalo.

Through In Fifty-Four Hours!

The New and Splendid Upper Cabin Steamers




Leave Lachine Daily, at half-past ten o'clock, A.M., for Prescott and Ogdensburgh, touching at the intermediate ports; and on their arrival meet the large and elegantly furnished




Calling at Morristown, Brockville, Alexandria Bay, French Creek, Kingston, Sacket's Harbor, Oswego, Rochester, to Lewiston, in connection with the Railroad to Niagara Falls and Buffalo, and the Steamer daily from Lewiston to Hamilton.

The above boats are fitted up in the best style, with Large and Airy State Rooms.

One of the above Line of Steamers leaves Kingston upwards and downwards every afternoon, Sundays excepted.

L. MOODY, Proprietor.

June 10th

Tolls on Lumber - passing through the Beauharnois and Lachine canals are reduced.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 17, 1848