The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 21, 1849

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p.2 Shipment of Western Produce by the St. Lawrence - There is a line of Canadian propellers running between Montreal and the American ports on the Upper Lakes. The propeller Cathcart, one of the line, took 600 bbls. of flour at Detroit, a few days since, for a house in Burlington, Vt. The Free Press notices the shipment of flour as the second made from Detroit this season to the same house, and says the experiment proves to be a profitable investment. The flour is landed at Burlington direct from Detroit for 80c. per bbl., freight and charges with only two re-shipments, one at Laprairie across the Champlain and St. Lawrence Railroad to St. Johns, and from there to Burlington by steamer.

The rates of charges are as follows:

Propeller to Laprairie 60

Champlain & St. Lawrence Railroad to St. Johns 10

Steamer from St. Johns to Burlington 10


Contracts for a large amount of freight could be made by propellers to Laprairie or Montreal at this time for a less rate. Last year shipments were made from Chicago at 50c per bbl. for flour, and from Cleveland at 40c. The cost of transportation by the Erie Canal from Buffalo to Troy, and by the Champlain and Whitehall Canal and lake to Burlington, is now about 110c. per bbl., making a difference in favor of the Canada route of at least 30c.

The Free Press adds that the Cathcart will go to Toledo to take on 1600 bbls. of pork for Montreal, at 65c. freight per bbl. On her return trip she has already a cargo of merchandize, fish, and salt engaged. On her last trip up she had a full load of passengers, baggage and merchandize. When a ship canal from the St. Lawrence to Lake Champlain is constructed, and the railroad to Boston finished, this will be a new opening of trade.

Port of Kingston.

May 18th - Schr. Perseverance, Oswego, 30 bags fine salt.

Schr. Christiana, Chicago, 13 hhds. hams, 1 bbl. hams, 300 bbls. pork, 200 hides, 225 bbls. flour, H. Henderson & Co.

Schr. Europe, Cleveland, gen. cargo for H. Henderson & Co.

Str. Ontario, Oswego, gen. cargo for E. Browne & Co.

Brig Mohawk, Oshawa, pork, wheat and flour, H. & S. Jones and Macpherson & Crane.

Schr. Edith, Toronto, gen. cargo for H. & S. Jones, McCuaig & Co., & Quebec Forwarding Co.

May 19th - Schr. C. Bagot, Toronto, 1600 bbls. flour, H. Henderson & Co.

Schr. Caledonia, Toronto, 1199 bbls. flour, Quebec Forwarding Co.

Schr. M. Miller, St. Catherines, 1510 bbls. flour, McPherson & Crane.

Schr. Dart, Cleveland, 270 bbls. pork, 21 bbls. lard, 2 grindstones, 300 bbls. corn meal, Hooker & Henderson; 50 bbls. mess pork, D. McIntosh, Quebec Forwarding Co.; 95 grindstones, 45 tons coal, Capt. R. Gaskin.

Opposition on the River St. Lawrence.

The Steamer


Will commence her regular trips between this port and Montreal, on Tuesday next, leaving Glassford's Wharf at 7 o'clock on the mornings of Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday of each week.


Leaves Montreal on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Rate of Passage,

Cabin Passage to Montreal $3.00

Deck do. do. 1.00

Vice Versa.

J.H. GREER, Agent.

Lake and River Line, Ontario St.

Kingston, 21st May, 1849.


Lake Ontario And River St. Lawrence


United States Mail Line.

Lady of the Lake Capt. E.D. Eggleston,

Niagara Capt. A.D. Kilby,

Cataract Capt. R.B. Chapman,

Ontario Capt. H.N. Throop.

The above Steamers, in connection with the Steamers

British Queen Capt. Chamberlain, and

British Empire Capt. L. Moody,

Will form a Daily Line for 1849,

(Sundays excepted,)

Between Lewiston, Oswego, Ogdensburgh, and Montreal,

Landing at intermediate ports, leaving as follows:

Downwards - Leave

Lewiston at 3 P.M. daily.

Rochester at 10 P.M. daily.

Oswego at 9 A.M. daily.

Sackett's Harbor at 12 M. daily.

Kingston at 4 P.M. daily.

Ogdensburg at 8 A.M. daily.

Arriving at Montreal at 6 o'clock P.M.

Upwards - Leave

Montreal at 9 A.M. daily

Ogdensburgh at 8 A.M. daily

Kingston at 4 P.M. daily

Sackett's Harbor at 9 P.M. daily

Oswego at 10 A.M. daily

Rochester at 7 P.M. daily

Arriving at Lewiston at 4 o'clock A.M., in time for the Steamboats for Hamilton and Toronto, and for the Cars for

Niagara Falls and Buffalo,

And Morning Steamers thence up Lake Erie.

Fare from Syracuse, via Oswego and Lake Ontario, to Niagara Falls, including Board (except breakfast at Oswego) and berth on Steamers, $4.50. A charge of 50 cents each will be made to those who occupy a berth in a State Room.

Railroad & Steamboat Fare, from Syracuse to Buffalo, $5.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 21, 1849