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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 16, 1849

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The New Steamer Bay State.

This splendid new steamer arrived in this city, on Monday afternoon, on her first trip from Ogdensburgh to Lewiston. The Bay State is unquestionably the finest steamer on Lake Ontario. She is two hundred and forty seven feet long, and upwards of a thousand tons burthen, and is propelled by a most powerful and splendid engine, built at the Archimedes Works, New York. Her upper cabin or saloon is one hundred and ninety feet in length, elegantly furnished, and furnished in the most costly and splendid style. In addition to this, there is a lower cabin or dining saloon, which obviates entirely the necessity of using the main saloon for dining purposes, and renders the boat much more agreeable and comfortable to passengers. This lower cabin is beautifully furnished, and is one of the most inviting saloons we have ever had occasion to enter. There is also a spacious and elegant room for ladies, which will render this boat a favorite with them.

The state rooms and berths of the Bay State are arranged with the greatest regard for the comfort and convenience of the passengers, and furnished with elegant and inviting beds, and furnished in the most luxurious manner. - The common state rooms are not surpassed by any that we have ever seen. Her commanding officer, Capt. Van Cleve, a veteran seaman, and an accomplished gentleman - Whose politeness to his passengers, and whose assiduous attention to the duties of his profession have given him a high and enviable popularity. The keel of the Bay State was laid at French Creek, and she was finished at Ogdensburgh. She is to take the place of the Lady of the Lake, and run regularly in the line between Ogdensburgh and Lewiston, and will beyond doubt be the favorite boat on the lake.

To the Editor of the British Whig.

Sir, -

I have noticed in your morning paper of the 14th instant, a letter, signed H.B., who wishes to impress falsehoods upon the minds of the public, respecting the Fares of the Bay of Quinte Steamers. He says they profess to carry you to Belleville for one dollar, but on the way thither they draw upon your pocket for meals up to the old rate of two dollars. This the travelling public know to be false; and the writer himself is aware that the Cabin Fare and meals have always been a separate charge. The price of Cabin passage, including berth, was formerly 7s. 6d., exclusive of meals charged 1s. 3d. each; the present fare being reduced to 5s., cabin charged as before; 1s. 3d. each breakfast or dinner. Thus a reduction of two shillings and six pence has been made on the fare, either up or down, and at our prices, the writer also states, that the Stage takes you through to Belleville in seven hours. Without the least contradiction to him, the people who have travelled by the stage, to their own satisfaction, know that it never ran through in less than from twelve to sixteen hours.

A Passenger on both Steamer and Stage, but


Belleville, June 15th, 1849.

The Raising of the Empire - (at Jersey City) - describes dry dock in East River at foot of Pike Street.

....."Though there be nothing like a Floating Dock in either Liverpool or London, because the rising of the tide allows the use of Graving Docks, yet Kingston is in possession of such a machine, though but little used. The Messrs. Beaupre built a Floating Dock with three sections about 2 years ago."


The following counter-statement has been handed to us by Capt. Maxwell, of the steamer New Era, in regard to the collision between that boat and the Eclipse in Burlington Bay. It is difficult to say who is to blame, but that there is blame somewhere there can be no doubt, and whoever is in fault should meet with severe punishment for endangering the lives of the public:-

Gore District, To Wit: Captain Thomas Maxwell, Peter Farrell, and Arch'd McDonald, Mate appeared before me, Geo. H. Armstrong, one of Her Majesty's Justice of the Peace, in and for the Gore District maketh oath and saith: "That on the morning of the 20th ult., while the Steamer New Era was passing the Steamer Eclipse, in Burlington Bay, the mate of the latter did leave the deck of his vessel, and go into the wheel-house, and put the helm of said vessel astarboard, with a view of running into the New Era, which he accomplished, carrying away six of her stanchions, with about forty feet of her netting. After the Eclipse had passed the starboard quarter of the New Era her helm was put aport, clearly showing, to our own satisfaction, that she left her course to prevent the former vessel taking the Canal.





Port of Kingston.

June 14th - Str. Bay State, Oswego, gen. cargo.

Str. Niagara, Ogdensburgh, passengers and baggage.

June 15th - Str. Magnet, Oswego, gen. cargo.

Schr. Lafayette, Oswego, in ballast, C. Haver.

Schr. Silas Wright, Cape Vincent, in ballast, E. Fuller.

Schr. Sovereign, Oswego, 100 bbls. salt, O. Roberts.

Schr. Almeda, St. Catharines, 750 bbls. flour, McPherson & Crane.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 16, 1849