The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 19, 1849

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No. I


The same fierce steamboat Opposition which prevails at the lower end of the lake, is in equal activity at the upper. Tickets from Toronto to Oswego, Rochester, Niagara and Hamilton, in first class vessels, are sold for a song, and when they can't be sold, they are given away. The New Era left for Hamilton yesterday morning with crowded decks, taking away with her, as one of her officers said, "all of the passengers;" but when the Eclipse left some few hours afterwards for the same place, she was if possible, more crowded with human buildings than the New Era. Proving very clearly, that if steam boat owners will but reduce their fares to the capacity of the public purses, they will soon change the stay-at-home Upper Canadians into a travelling community. I feel persuaded that these important gentry, the aforesaid steamboat owners, have been all wrong in the framing of their steamboat tariffs; they have striven to obtain the greatest amount of profits, and they have adopted the principle of buying off opposition, and putting on high fares; instead of allowing as many boats as possible to run, and by encouraging travelling, earn more money. And the danger now is, that when the present quarrel terminates, the growing passion for travelling will be checked for years to come, by the reimposition of extravagant rates. I met today an old Kingston friend who has settled in Toronto, and I asked him when he meant to re-visit his old friends. "I would go down this summer," he said, "were I sure the present opposition would last; I could afford to pay two dollars a head, for self and wife, servant and children; but with my limited income, I can't afford to pay twice that sum, and so, I shall probably have to stay at home." Hundreds agree in the same opinion; and Messrs. Bethune, Hamilton, Dick and Sutherland would do well to take this subject into their most attentive consideration. If with low rates the steamboat owners can gratify themselves and the public at one and the same time, they are very blameable if they do not do it. I am no advocate for depressing rates, or senseless opposition; but I am firmly of opinion, that a permanent low Steamboat Tariff would be the best for all parties concerned....


Port of Kingston.

May 17th - Str. Lady of the Lake, Oswego, gen. cargo.

Str. Niagara, Ogdensburgh, gen. cargo.

Schr. Triton, Oswego, water lime, salt and gen. cargo.

May 18th - Schr. Britannia, Picton, 220 bush. pease, 68 bbls. pork, Macpherson & Crane.

Str. Princess Royal, Toronto, gen. cargo.


Captain Neil Wilkenson,

Will until further notice, leave Toronto for Niagara, Queenston, and Lewiston, every morning, at half-past seven o'clock.

Returning, will leave Lewiston and Queenston on the arrival of the cars from the Niagara Falls.

Royal Mail Packet Office, Toronto 1849.


Capt. Robert Kerr,

Will leave Toronto for Rochester, touching at Windsor Bay, Oshawa, Darlington, Bond Head, Port Hope, and Cobourg, (weather permitting) every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings, at eleven o'clock.

Will leave Rochester Landing, on her return, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, at eight o'clock.

Royal Mail Office, Toronto 1849.


Will (weather permitting) leave Hamilton for Toronto every morning (Sundays excepted) at half-past seven o'clock. Will leave Toronto for Hamilton at two o'clock p.m.

Toronto, 1849.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 19, 1849