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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 31, 1849

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McCuaig & Brother - The Messrs. McCuaig's premises are the most outward of all the Forwarders' Wharves and Warehouses. They are small but convenient. This Firm will do their business this year much in the same way as last year, using their powerful steamer Transit, as a tug boat. The principle adopted this season by the Provincial Government, that of putting on powerful Tug steamers on the St. Lawrence, to assist vessels of all classes up and down the river, will make an important revolution in the Forwarding Business, rendering it no longer compulsory for small houses to keep up expensive steamers; for now, under the new system, the rich man and the poor man will get his craft tugged up and down the river by the Government vessels, at rates much less than what he has been hitherto accustomed to pay, whether he put on his own tug, or hired help from others. This contemplated plan of making the Canals pay a proper interest for their expensive outlay is really creditable to the Reform Ministry, and for which they would receive due credit, had they not rendered themselves so deservedly unpopular, by compelling the Upper Canadians to pay the War Losses of the French Canadians. In the meanwhile to such Firms as that of the Messrs. McCuaig, the plan proposed must prove highly advantageous, since it will give them means of speedy transport, when their own steam tug is away.

The Quebec Forwarding Company - This Company retains the premises occupied last year, very ample and convenient; but we have not heard of any present addition to its means of transport. Its Agent, Mr. Donald McIntosh, in addition to managing the affairs of this Company, will do a little business on his own account, in the General Agency Forwarding Line, which his business like habits, long experience, and high integrity fully entitle him to expect. Parties who consign to him, will be assured, that in times like these, Mr. McIntosh will be able to command the cheapest and best means of transport in the port; and his Warehouse being out of the immediate neighborhood of fire, risks will be taken therein for deposits, at comparatively small premiums. From long acquaintance with Mr. McIntosh, and from intimate knowledge of his high character, we take it upon ourselves to do what we have never done during a long editorial career, that is, recommend him to all friends at a distance, as a safe and excellent Agent to manage the transhipment of property at Kingston, destined for another market.

We regret to say that the noble range of Stone Warehouses erected last year by Mr. Counter, are, with one or two exceptions, untenanted. This speaks whole libraries for the state of trade at this season of the year.

Brown's Wharf - This most capital Wharf and Slips, the very best in the Upper Province, and rendered so by the untiring perseverance of their late occupier, Mr. J. H. Greer, have been this season leased by Messrs. E. Browne & Co., the noted Wharfingers, who have removed their establishment from Counter's Wharf. In addition to the excellency of the wharves, slips and docks, the adjoining Warehouses are large, commodious and wholly fire-proof. The Queen's Bonded Storehouse is one of these splendid buildings. On these capital premises Messrs. Browne & Co. will do their usual business.-- The American Line of Lake Steamers will stop here, of which it may be necessary to say a few words.

The American Line of Lake Boats - When fully completed about July, this Line will consist of six Vessels, not to be surpassed by any Line in America, viz: The Bay State, Capt. Van Cleve; Northerner; Capt. Childs; Ontario, Capt. Throop; Cataract, Capt. Chapman; Niagara, Capt. ___; and Lady of the Lake, Capt. ___. These beautiful, and with one exception, entirely new steamers, will form a Daily Line, to and fro, Ogdensburgh and Lewiston; and a Bi-Daily Line between Oswego and Lewiston; but it will be July ere the Northerner is quite ready; meanwhile, the Bay State, Niagara, Ontario, and Cataract, will complete the first named Daily Line, leaving the Bi-Daily business of Oswego, to be done when the Northerner is completed. This splendid Line of Steamers is so well known, and their speed and accommodations so well appreciated by our readers, that we shall say no more, than express a hope, shortly to have it in our power to assert, that the contemplated new Line of British Lake Boats, of which more hereafter, will be not one jot inferior to their much-vaunted American rivals. We must not forget to make mention, that although Messrs. Browne & Co. will be the General Agents of this Line for Freight and Shipment, yet Mr. Augustus Serle will still remain their own particular Agent for Passengers and other local business. The Oswego papers say, that Monday next is the time appointed for making the first start in the way of Spring business.

At "Browne's Wharf" the Bay steamers, Queen, Capt. Pritty, and Prince of Wales, Capt. Nosworthy, will stop regularly; as well also, the Rideau Canal Steamers, Beaver, Capt. Bell, and Prince Albert, Capt. Lawless.

Immense Flood At Chicago - $200,000 Worth of Property Destroyed.

Chicago, March 12th.

At about ten o'clock this morning, the mass of ice in the South Branch gave way, carrying with it the bridge at Madison, at Randolph, and Wells Streets - in fact, sweeping off every bridge over the Chicago River, also, many of the wharves. There were in port 4 steamboats, 6 propellers, 24 brigs, 58 schooners, 2 sloops, and 57 canal boats; most of which have been either totally destroyed or seriously damaged.

The moving mass of ice, canal boats, propellers and vessels, were stopped at the foot of Clark St., but withstood the pressure but a moment, crashing vessels and falling spars giving note of the ruin that was to follow.

A short distance below, the river was again damned, below Kinzie's warehouse. Here the scene was most indescribable. Vessels, propellers, and steamboats were thrown together in the utmost confusion, forming a dam across the river, which backed the water to an unprecedented height. At this point, at 11 1/2 A.M. they still remained; in all, 28 vessels, two propellers, the Ontario and Gen. Taylor, two steamboats, the Ward and Pacific, the C.Y. Redmond, Whirlwind, Diamond, Benton, etc., all more or less injured; the propeller Ontario very sadly. There are also a number of canal boats sunk at this point.

many vessels damaged.

p.3 For Sale - A Superior Cutter-rigged Sailing Boat, with 2 Jibs, 2 Fore and Mainsail (quite new,) Anchor, Cable and Spars, very complete. And about 10 cwt. Iron Ballast. The original cost was £45, and will now be sold at a bargain. Apply to Wm. Ware, Agent. 31st March.

Steam Boat Notice.

The Steamer


Capt. Parker,

Will leave on Monday morning next, Second April, at Nine O'clock (ice permitting) for Dickenson's Landing, calling at the intermediate places.

Steam Boat Office,

Commercial Wharf,

Kingston, 30th March, 1849.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 31, 1849