The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 9, 1848

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p.1 Steam Outdone - Messrs. McPherson & Crane's Schooner Governor, Capt. W.R. Taylor, master, left Kingston on Wednesday 16th inst., at 5 P.M.; laid at Port Dalhousie 12 hours, drying canvas, and arrived at Port Stanley on Sunday 21st at 11 A.M. - thus making the passage in three days and six hours, the quickest on record. [London Canadian]

p.2 A Loss - We regret to hear, that Mr. Tucker, Asst. Master Builder at the Kingston Naval Dock Yard, has received letters of recall.

The Niagara - This splendid steamer took her place in the daily line between Lewiston and Ogdensburgh on the 3rd. She comes out brighter than ever, and "as good as new," under charge of her old popular commander, Capt. Childs. In repairing and refitting her, some improvements have been made, and she is now equal in accommodation and speed to the best boats on the lake. No safter craft floats upon the waters. She takes the place of the Rochester, which boat has been withdrawn and put on the Lewiston and Hamilton route. [Oswego Com. Times, Sept. 5th]

The steamer Comet arrived here on Sunday morning (Aug. 27th) from Hamilton, having discharged her cargo at Montreal, where she again took in a full freight from that port for Quebec. She left here last night on her return voyage to Hamilton, deeply laden with freight and passengers; the fare right through being only 20s. We are informed that a portion of her cargo was taken from the bonded warehouse, for merchants in Hamilton, the only expense attendant on a transaction of this nature being the payment of a Custom-House Broker for obtaining the requisite permit; the parties for whom the goods are intended paying the duties on their arrival at the port of destination. By this means goods can be transhipped from the vessel into the steamer and sent direct either to Hamilton or any intermediate port, thus obviating the tedious process which has hitherto obtained, with reference to freight for Canada West; namely discharging them at Quebec and reshipping them for Montreal, to undergo again another transhipment there. The enterprise so judiciously commenced by the proprietors of the Comet has opened the eyes of the mercantile community in Canada to the vast saving in outlay as well as time by the facility thus afforded; and we have not the least doubt but that next year we shall witness a brisk trade in operation between Quebec and the Western country, which is even now shadowed forth by the success which has attended the trial trips of the Comet and the Britannia. [Quebec Chronicle]


Kingston Marine List.

Vessels Arrived In Port.

September 6th - Schr. Mayflower, Wellington, 2600 bush. wheat, C.J. McDonald.

Str. Commerce, Cleveland, 7031 bush. wheat, 226 bbls. flour, 44 casks tallow, Macpherson & Crane.

Str. City of Toronto, Lewiston, 83 bbls. pork, Macpherson & Crane; 80 bbls. flour, Quebec Forwarding Company.

Schr. Dart, Cleveland, 55 bbls. corn meal, 61 bbls. flour, Quebec Forwarding Company; 400 bbls. corn meal, Hooker & Co.; 2950 bush. wheat, W.S. McDonnell.

7th - Schr. Scotia, Thorold, 4773 bbls. flour, McCuaig & Co.

Schr. Shannon, Quebec, 20 hhds. sugar, J. Carruthers.

Str. Ontario, Oswego, gen. cargo.

8th - Schr. Emerald, Oshawa, 91 bbls. flour, 35 hhds., 945 bush. wheat, Macpherson & Crane.

Str. Magnet, Lewiston, 43 bbls. flour, H. & S. Jones.

Schr. Primrose, Wellington, 1000 bush. barley, Livingston; 500 bush. barley, Mr. Patterson; 600 bush. wheat, John H. Greer & Co.




The New and Extensive Marine Railway at Portsmouth being completed, and in operation, the Proprietor, having a very competent builder, is prepared to build Steam Boats or Sailing Vessels, and also Hauling Out and Repairing vessels of the largest dimensions, on the most liberal terms; and by strict attention, hopes to merit a share of public patronage.


Portsmouth, 1st Sept., 1848.




The Proprietors of this Line, in order to avoid inconvenience to the travelling Community, and with a determination to remedy as far as possible the loss sustained by the public in accommodation upon the route by the destruction of the new and splendid steamer The Speed, have made arrangements by which the steamer Porcupine will be immediately placed on the Line between Bytown and Grenville.

Commencing on Monday next, the Steamer Oldfield will leave Lachine on the arrival of the 8 1/4 A.M. train from Montreal; and the steamer Porcupine will start from Bytown at 9 A.M.

Montreal, August 19th, 1848.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 9, 1848