The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 11, 1849

Full Text



It affords us much pleasure to be able to state to the good people of the Bay of Quinte, that there exists a probability, we say only a probability, of there being soon on their noble Bay, a steamer worthy of its glorious waters. The first class and fast sailing steamer Eclipse, under command of that old public favorite, Captain Harrison, is advertised to commence her trips between Kingston and the Head of the Bay, on Monday the 16th inst. This may be only a steamboat ruse; in which case, we shall deplore "the hope deferred"; but it may happily prove fact. We have long been of opinion, that the inhabitants of Belleville, Picton, and other flourishing villages on the Bay, are worthy of better vessels than the Prince of Wales, et hoc genus omne, which are utterly unworthy of the present day; and it has long been a riddle to us, why they have not ere this procured them; but that is their business. If they choose to put up with the wretched steamboat accommodation they have had for the last ten years, it ought to be no business of ours; and yet it annoys us to see a superb sheet of smooth water, like the Bay of Quinte, occupied by steam craft, of the size of Durham Boats, and which do not go as fast. We confess that no censure should lie at the doors of the owners of the Queen, because we are well acquainted with their spirited exertions to place a proper vessel on the route; and also acknowledge, that although the Queen is not what she ought to be, yet she is incomparably superior to her predecessors, and therefore was the first step towards better things. But, as the announcement we allude to, may be a mere steamboat ruse, we shall reserve any further remarks for some future opportunity, and not halloo too loudly until we are out of the wood.

River Mail Route - The steamer Gildersleeve, Capt. Parker, makes her first trip this season, to Dickenson's Landing this morning; and the Canada, Capt. Lawless, follows in her wake tomorrow morning:- thus a Daily Line as far down the River as the Cornwall Canal, will be established. The Line to Montreal cannot be formed until the canals are open.


Port of Kingston.

April 9th - Schr. Royal Tar, 1247 bbls. flour, 165 bbls. barley, McCuaig & Co.

Str. Cataract, Clayton, in ballast.

April 10th - Schr. George Moffatt, flour.

Str. Lady of the Lake, gen. cargo, could not come to the wharf, therefore passed down the river.

Media Type:
Item Type:
Date of Original:
April 11, 1849
Local identifier:
Language of Item:
Rick Neilson
Copyright Statement:
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
Maritime History of the Great Lakes
WWW address
Powered by / Alimenté par VITA Toolkit

My favourites lets you save items you like, tag them and group them into collections for your own personal use. Viewing "My favourites" will open in a new tab. Login here or start a My favourites account.

Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 11, 1849