The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 29, 1848

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p.2 The River Mail Line - In mentioning a few numbers back, that the Passport is the only vessel on the River Mail Route, capable of making the passage between Kingston and Montreal in daylight, we inadvertently committed an error. All the vessels on the route are capable of doing the same thing were it allowed; but the detentions at the numerous stopping places are so many, and the detention so irregular, that it is not deemed prudent to push the vessels to their greatest speed, in order to accomplish the journey before nightfall. When the next Mail Contract is given out, we trust that the proprietor of the River line will not take it, but leave it to some slow going coaches to be stopping every five minutes to deliver a daily mail of three letters and one newspaper at Post Offices that the world never heard of. But there are too many stops.

It is perhaps not generally known that on each of the River and Lake Mail Boats, Mail Conductors are employed, whose business it is, not only to take charge of the Bags whilst en route, but to receive unpaid Letters for transmission through the Post. An opportunity is thus afforded at Kingston, as well as at all places along either line, of posting Letters up to the very moment of the departure of the Steamer. A Letter Box is provided on board each vessel for the reception of this correspondence, which will be forwarded directly onwards through the Mails to its destination. on each of the River and Lake Mail boats.


Kingston Marine List.

Vessels Arrived In Port.

July 25th - Schr. Arabella, Oswego, 100 bbls. salt, Wm. Anglen.

Str. Cataract, Oswego, gen. cargo.

Str. City of Toronto, Lewiston, 30 bbls. flour, E. Browne & Co.

Sloop Amelia, French Creek, 4014 feet sawed lumber, Calvin, Cook & Co.

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

Schr. Almeda, St. Catharines, 1561 bbls. flour, Macpherson & Crane.

Str. Ottawa, Montreal, passengers and baggage.

27th - Str. Queen Victoria, Belleville, gen. cargo.

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

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 29, 1848