The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 13, 1848

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Among the evidences that with the improvement in the navigation of the river the shipping trade of this city has not decreased, is the fact that the facilities for the hauling out and repair of vessels, and for ship-building, have of late been materially increased. The building of a first class railway a few years since by the Marine Railway Company was followed by the erection of several of smaller capacity: then a floating dock was constructed by the Messrs. Beaupre; a second first class railway has just been added by Mr. Fisher; and Mr. Fowler is engaged in constructing another at his ship-yard. Mr. Fisher's new railway at Portsmouth we took occasion to visit during the week. It is equal in its capacity to any in the province, and has been built upon the designs and under the superintendence of Mr. Fisher himself. As a matter of course, this gentleman's interest in constructing his railway was to avoid, if attainable, the possibility of accident, under any pressure which the carriages might be required to sustain, and the almost absence friction in the working of the railway, as well with reference to the wheels, or rollers upon which the carriage move as in the power by which they are drawn up. The work is throughout of the most substantial character, and we wish the enterprising proprietor every success. We have no doubt, indeed, that under the influence of better times ahead and the largely increased shipping on the lake, all the establishments we have named, will find full and profitable employment. [News]

The Kingston Regatta - This affair comes off on Friday next; we know not precisely what

preparations are being made, but we see many nautical parties exceedingly busy, and from that we auger much forthcoming sport. There is no harbor in Canada so well adopted for aquatic amusements as Kingston Bay. Sheltered from all winds but one, and having Point Frederick, the Cataraqui Bridge, and Murray's Point as viewing places, the whole population of the city can see the races with ease and convenience to themselves. In addition to which, these steamers, the Magnet, the Highlander, and the Prince of Wales will get up their steam during the Regatta, and give gratuitous entertainment to all comers. Our Country friends will do well to take advantage of this liberality, and for once in a while, fancy the Regatta a Circus or a Nigger Band, and come up in crowds to see it. Some alterations have taken place in the order of the Races as published, and we refer our readers to a new advertisement in today's paper.


Kingston Marine List.

Vessels Arrived In Port.

September 9th - Str. Cataract, Ogdensburgh, gen. cargo.

Schr. Premier, Port Stanley, 325 bags flour, Quebec Forwarding Company; 5 bbls. ashes, 1800 bbls. flour, Macpherson & Crane.

10th - Str. Lady of the Lake, Oswego, gen. cargo.

11th - Schr. Perseverance, Oswego, 150 bbls. salt, Oliphant & Watt; 38 bbls. apples, 32 bbls. salt, 2 bbls. vinegar, Mr. Hay.

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

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

Schr. Ocean, Oshawa, 100 bbls. flour, Colcleugh & Greer; 258 bbls. flour, Macpherson & Crane; 828 bbls. flour, 8 bbls. potash, H. & S. Jones.

Schr. Dart, Hamilton, 300 bbls. flour, John H. Greer & Co.; 500 bbls. flour, P.F. McCuaig & Co.

12th - Str. Commerce, Montreal, gen. cargo.

Rochester Life Guards - on steamer Cataract, Capt. Van Cleve, on their way down to Ogdensburgh; returning today hope to parade around Kingston.

We are authorized to state that Captain Sutherland has very kindly and liberally given the use of his splendid Steamer, the Magnet, to the Stewards of the Regatta, for Friday next, free of expense. By the kind permission of Major Crofton the Band of the 20th Regiment will be on board. The Magnet will leave Messrs. H. & S. Jones' wharf at half-past ten o'clock, a.m. precisely, and subscribers to the Regatta, (who together with their families will alone be received on board,) are requested to procure tickets of admission from any of the Stewards. A luncheon and other refreshments will be prepared on board, and can be had on the usual terms.


The Regatta will take place on Friday the 15th inst., as previously advertised, commencing at 11 o'clock A.M.

SAIL BOATS will take their places at moorings to be laid down by the Stewards, near the Bridge, and each boat's position decided by lot.

Boats will be anchored off Mr. George's Barn, on Long Island, off 4 Mile Point, and off Ferris's Point, each of which will have a flag flying in them to indicate the course of sailing, and each of these boats must be rounded in succession by the first three classes of Sail Boats; the fourth class will round the buoy off Four Mile Point only.

Boats on the larboard tack (viz. having their larboard side to windward) will give way, and boats on the starboard tack will hold their course when there is any doubt which shall pass to windward.

Any boat fore-reaching on another, if not certain of weathering, must pass to leeward or go about.

Should any of the boats get aground, they may use any means they may have on board to get off, but no aid from the shore or from another boat will be allowed and then only to float the boat.

Any kind or quantity of sail may be used.

No out-riggers allowed on the Row boats.

The course for the row-boats to be decided on the day of the Regatta.

Foul play of any description, or a breach of the above rules, will subject the boat to exclusion from the race.


Secretary & Treasurer.

Kingston, Sept. 5th, 1848.

Steam Boat Notice.



Captain Sutherland.

Will commence on Thursday the 11th inst. to run twice a week, between Kingston and Hamilton, calling at Toronto and intermediate ports.

Will leave Kingston every Tuesday and Friday, after the arrival of the River Mail Boats, and Hamilton every Monday and Thursday mornings, at 8 o'clock.

Sept. 8th, 1848.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 13, 1848