The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 16, 1848

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p.2 The Passport - This fine vessel arrived from Montreal, on Monday last, before 12 o'clock noon, an unprecedented occurrence, having made the passage in 23 hours; passing through all the canals, and stopping at some six dozen post offices on the way. When the next Mail Contract is given out, it is to be hoped that some attention will be paid by government to the wants and conveniences of travellers. Were the myriad of small post offices reduced in number to those towns whereat the steamer has occasion to stop, the journey, both upwards and downwards, would be made in much less time than at present. A land mail might supply the deficiency.

Regatta - A meeting was held at Belanger's on Thursday evening last, at which arrangements were made for a Regatta to take place on the 15th September next. The prizes announced are sufficiently handsome to induce a general turning out of sailing and rowing craft. [News]

The Regatta - By a notice in the News we see that some active attempts are being made to get up a Kingston Regatta. The day named is September 15th. The great and only cause why Races, Regattas, and other amusements do not flourish in Canada, as much as they ought to do, is because the ladies here cannot be induced to patronize them......

Letters from the Ottawa - No. III - Caledonia Springs (part)

...The sad loss of the steamer Speed has occasioned no serious impediment to the travelling to the Springs. Messrs. McPherson & Crane have have placed the small but fast Porcupine, Capt. Patterson, on her route; and passengers reach the Steamboat Landing near L'Orignal, from Bytown, at eleven o'clock in the morning, and from Montreal at three o'clock in the afternoon. Stages are in constant readiness at the Landing to take the good folks on to the Springs.....

Letter No. IV - Portage du Fort - (part)

...The journey (from Aylmer) to the Portage du Fort is made by two steam boats and a connecting Rail Road, owned and managed by a few lumbermen, the chief of whom are Messrs. Egan and Aumend. The steamboats are two elegant iron vessels, about 130 feet long each; that at Aylmer called the Emerald, commanded by Capt. Cumming, formerly of the Prince Albert, and the other on the lake above, called the Oregon, commanded by Capt. Hilliard, brother to Lonson Hilliard, Esq. of the St. Lawrence. The River Ottawa, as the reader well knows, is a continued succession of lakes and rapids; the former very broad and still, and the latter very swift and narrow. Leaving Aylmer, the first of these lakes is the Lac du Chene, being immediately above the rapids of that name, which intervene between Aylmer and the terrific Cascades of the Chaudiere. It was therefore on this lake that my journey up the river was to commence. The Emerald is a very handsome and commodious boat, and having no night work to perform, is not lumbered up with nasty berths and beds. Consequently the room on board for passengers is larger in proportion to her size, than in bigger vessels. She is, in fact, a very commodious little vessel, with every thing on board of her in apple pie order, and nothing of the rough lumberman visible about her or her accommodation. She is made of iron, manufactured at Montreal, and will last as long again as other vessels, affording a laudable instance of economy and forethought, that might be imitated with advantage elsewher. The Emerald makes only three trips per week, remaining idle on the off days....

Pic Nic Excursion Tomorrow - The Wesleyan Church intend to have a Pic Nic Excursion, round the head of Long Island, and down the St. Lawrence tomorrow morning, on board the City of Kingston. The Comet was primarily engaged for this Excursion, but it is not now expected that she will arrive in time from below.


Kingston Marine List.

Vessels Arrived In Harbor.

August 12th - Barge ___, French Creek, 5,000 feet sawed boards and 6 tons hay, Calvin, Cook & Co.

Str. City of Toronto, Lewiston, gen. cargo, passengers and baggage.

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

13th - Str. Ontario, Lewiston, passengers and baggage.

Str. Lady of the Lake, Ogdensburgh, passengers and baggage.

14th - Schr. Royal Tar, Cleveland, 46 bbls. flour, 28 bbls. pork, Macpherson & Crane; 430 bbls. corn meal, 8 bbls. tallow, Hooker & Henderson; 108 bbls. pork, J. Fraser; 100 bbls. do., Quebec Forwarding Company; 2900 pipe staves from Gosfield, British port, for Macpherson & Crane.

Brigantine Liverpool, Port Dalhousie, 206 pieces timber, Calvin, Cook & Co.

Str. Pilot, Montreal, gen. cargo.

Str. Passport, Lachine, passengers and baggage.

Str. Rochester, Sackett's Harbor, gen. cargo.

Str. Adventure, Montreal, gen. cargo.



The Steamer


Captain Lawless,

Till further notice will run as follows between Kingston & Bytown, commencing Monday, July 31st:-


Leave Kingston on Wednesdays at 9 o'clock A.M.

Kingston Mills 11 A.M.

Upper Brewer's 1 P.M.

Jones' Falls 4 P.M.

Isthmus 6 P.M.

Oliver's Ferry 9 P.M.

Smith's Falls 11 P.M.

Kilmarnock 12 Night .

Merrickville on Thursday 2 A.M.

Burritt's Rapids 5 A.M.

Beckett's Landing 6 1/2 A.M.

Long Island 9 A.M.

Arriving at Bytown on Thursday at Noon.

Leave Kingston on Saturday at 2 o'clock P.M.

Kingston Mills 4 P.M.

Upper Brewer's 6 P.M.

Jones' Falls 9 P.M.

Isthmus 11 P.M.

Oliver's Ferry on Sunday at 2 A.M.

Smith's Falls 4 A.M.

Kilmarnock 5 A.M. .

Merrickville 6 A.M.

Burritt's Rapids 9 A.M.

Beckett's Landing 10 1/2 A.M.

Long Island 1 P.M.

Arriving at Bytown on Sundays at 4 P.M.


Leave Bytown on Mondays at 9 o'clock A.M.

Long Island 12 Noon

Beckett's Landing 2 1/2 P.M.

Burritt's 4 P.M.

Merrickville 7 P.M.

Kilmarnock 8 P.M.

Smith's Falls 10 P.M.

Oliver's Ferry 12 Night

Isthmus on Tuesday at 3 A.M.

Jones' Falls 5 A.M.

Upper Brewer's 8 A.M.

Kingston Mills 10 A.M.

Arriving at Kingston on Tuesday at Noon.

Leave Bytown on Fridays at 7 o'clock A.M.

Long Island 10 A.M.

Beckett's Landing 12 1/2 P.M.

Burritt's 2 P.M.

Merrickville 5 P.M.

Kilmarnock 6 P.M.

Smith's Falls 8 P.M.

Oliver's Ferry 10 P.M.

Isthmus on Saturday 1 A.M.

Jones' Falls 3 A.M.

Upper Brewer's 6 A.M.

Kingston Mills 8 A.M.

Arriving at Kingston on Saturday at 10 A.M.

By this arrangement, passengers downwards, can take the Steamer for Montreal, the morning after their arrival at Bytown.

As the Prince Albert takes nothing in tow, Passengers may rely on getting through in the time advertised.

For Freight and Passage (having good Cabin accommodation) apply to the Captain on board; to E. Browne & Co., Kingston, or to Edward Smith, Bytown.

Kingston, August 16th, 1848.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 16, 1848