The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 2, 1849

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While the owners and stockholders of Canadian Steam Vessels are busily engaged in the senseless and almost hopeless task of breaking one another down, with a view of individually rising upon the ruins, the American steam proprietors are laudably occupied in maintaining remunerating prices, and providing increased accommodation for the travelling public. "Fas est ab poste doceri" is a trite adage, of the advantages of which Messrs. Bethune, Hamilton & Co. might properly and profitably avail themselves. But it is a folly to fancy that angry people will listen to reason, and therefore to our task of saying a word about the expected additions to the already incomparable Line of American Steam Packets running on the southern shore of Lake Ontario. It may be right however to remark, that if we believed that either of the contending parties were actuated by a sincere desire to reduce the hitherto extravagant steamboat tariff maintained from Montreal to Hamilton, we would be more lenient and more respectful in our observations; but, knowing that as soon as one party succeeds in breaking the other down, or the fierce quarrel is make up, the former high rates for passage will be immediately re-imposed, we know of no language too strong to express our scorn at the whole proceedings.

The Americans are providing two additional vessels for their Line, intending to run a morning and evening boat from Oswego to Lewiston. One of the vessels called the Bay State and the other styled the Northener, will be ready in a week or two. The daily line from Ogdensburgh to the head of the Lake will be continued as usual; the up vessel forming the morning Boat from Oswego, and the down vessel forming the evening Boat from Lewiston. Of the Bay State the following description is taken from the Oswego Times. We shall do the like justice to the Northener when she is ready to take her place in the line:-

"The Bay State is now nearly ready to take her place in the line. She is a vessel of 1000 tons burthen, and is a noble monument of the enterprise of her owners, and the skill and taste of her builders. She has 60 state rooms on the upper deck, and many of them of a size to accommodate families. Her Engine, built at the Archimedes Works of H.R. Dunham & Co., New York, has a 56 inch cylinder, and an 11 feet stroke. Her main Saloon is 190 feet in length, and what particularly strikes one in walking through it, is the air of simple elegance which seems to reign.

The Ladies' Cabin is richly hung with variegated and expensive damask, and at the entrance are eight double state rooms richly furnished.

The vessel is furnished with two large and commodious life boats, and the whole is built with an eye to strength and safety, as well as elegance and convenience. She has been furnished by Mr. Young of this village, who has placed before us an enduring specimen of his skill, which will elicit warm admiration.

Under the command of that popular captain, Van Cleve, the Bay State is destined to win golden opinions. He has a vessel worthy of him - long may they be popular together.

The Lake Ontario Steamboat Company have now four or five splendid vessels in commission. And they will be in great requisition the ensuing summer. The Oswego railroad will attract thousands, who have hitherto dreaded the tedium of stages or canal packets.

The Bay State is a splendid craft, and her commander is worthy of a place upon her quarter deck. Besides being an experienced seaman - having been on the lake from his early boyhood - he is a gentleman who fully understands the duties of his position, and never fails to excite the esteem and respect of those fortunate enough to travel with him.

British Navigation Laws - bill has passed both Houses of Parliament, will have considerable effect on lakes. [Oswego Times]

Accident and Loss of Life - 3 men drowned at Toronto - 2 are boat builders named Coalman, of Toronto.


Port of Kingston.

June 1st - Str. Magnet, Hamilton, 14 bags flour, 37 bags oatmeal, 150 bbls. flour, 5 casks hams, 1 case goods, T. Ahern; 36 bbls. flour, Henderson, Hooker & Co.; 8 casks whiskey, Macpherson & Crane.

Schr. L. Shickland (sic - Shickluna ?), St. Catherines, 3013 bbls. flour, Hooker, Henderson & Co.

Schr. May Flower, Oswego, gen. cargo.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 2, 1849