The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 28, 1848

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p.2 Free Navigation of the St. Lawrence - a public meeting on the subject is suggested.

The U.S. Men of War - The Dallas, a sister vessel to the War Steamer Jefferson, made her appearance in Kingston Dockyard, on Sunday, accompanied by a Merchant Schooner, acting as tender to the men of war. Both steamers are now preparing to descend the St. Lawrence towards the ocean, thence to New York, to be turned over to the service of the Coast Guard. It is probable that they will take their departure today or tomorrow. The two vessels are under the charge of Capt. Fraser, the head of the Revenue Department, at Washington; but the Dallas is commanded by Capt. Ottinger, and the Jefferson by Capt. Howard. We need not add, that these gentlemen have been the recipients of the attentions and hospitalities of the Officers in Garrison, both naval and military, because such is ever the custom, when officers of a foreign service visit a British Port. With these attentions, nevertheless, we have heard the American Officers express themselves highly gratified; and yesterday, on board the Jefferson, an opportunity was taken to return the same, by inviting some sixty or seventy ladies and gentlemen to a Lunch on board that vessel.

Vessels Not Reporting - In Ports like Kingston, Toronto, and Hamilton, great irregularities exist in the reports to the Customs House of all arrivals, whether from foreign ports or coasting. The law is imperative, yet in spite of all the exertions and repeated remonstrances of the Custom House authorities, not above two-thirds of the arrivals are reported. Some day, and soon, an example will be made of a delinquent, and when the owner or master of a vessel not reporting is made liable to a penalty of one hundred Pounds sterling, it may have the effect of a caution.

The Visit of the Commander of the Forces - The Steamer Highlander, one of the River Royal Mail Line, having been refitted since her late accident, is expected up in Kingston to resume her place on the Line, on Friday next. She will bear an illustrious freight upwards, being expressly engaged for the purpose of bringing to Kingston, the august person of Lieut. General Sir Benjamin D'Urban, the Commander of the Forces in Canada, and those of his two Aides-de-Camp!....


On Monday morning last, the Caledonia, from Bytown, brought the sad news to Kingston to Kingston, that the elegant and powerful steamer Speed, Capt. Lighthaul, owned by Messrs. Macpherson & Crane, had been burnt to the water's edge. The accident occurred on Friday afternoon, on the Ottawa River, six miles below "Dunnings'," on the boat's upward passage. The fire is said to have commenced about the boilers and furnaces, and the wind being strong and ahead, the fire engine on board could not be brought into play. All that could be done was to run the vessel ashore, and save the lives of the passengers. The engine is saved, which is all that was rescued from the flames of a most superior steamboat, worth £10,000. The Porcupine has been placed on the Speed's route, in order that the travelling community may sustain no inconvenience.


Kingston Marine List.

Vessels Arrived In Port.

June 23rd - Str. Lady of the Lake, Oswego, gen. cargo.

Str. Gildersleeve, Montreal, gen. cargo.

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

Str. Magnet, Hamilton, 248 bbls. flour, E. Browne & Co.; 105 bbls. flour, two forwarding companies; 30 do., J.H. Greer & Co.

24th - Schr. Globe, Port Sarnia, 59 1/2 thousand West India staves, J.H. Greer & Co.; 10 bbls. pot ashes, Hooker, Henderson & Co.

Schr. George Davis, Presque Isle, furniture and equipments of the United States Steamer Dallas, master in charge of Steamer Dallas.

Str. Admiral, Lewiston, gen. cargo.

Str. Rochester, Oswego, gen. cargo.

Str. Passport, Montreal, gen. cargo.

Schr. Jessie Woods, Hamilton, 744 bbls. flour, J.H. Greer & Co.

Brig Liverpool, Port Dalhousie, 161 pcs. oak timber, Calvin, Cook & Co.

Str. Fashion, Montreal, passengers and baggage.

Str. Princess Royal, Maitland, 39 bbls. flour, H. & S. Jones & Co.

Brig W.B. Eberts, Chatham, 6000 feet walnut lumber, Macpherson & Crane.

Schr. Wm. Penn, Port Dover, 72 pcs. white oak timber, Calvin, Cook & Co.

Str. Cataract, Oswego, gen. cargo.

27th - Str. Magnet, Hamilton, 256 bbls. flour, P.F. McCuaig & Co.; gen. cargo.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 28, 1848