The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 25, 1849

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p.2 Steamer Genesee Chief - The Rochester American says, this fine and commodious vessel, under the command of Captain W.L. Pierce, runs between Ogdensburgh and Lewiston, touching at all the Lake ports. Going up, the Genesee Chief leaves Rochester every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and going down Friday, at 9 a.m. She runs in connection with the steamers of the Michigan Central Railroad Line, at Buffalo. So that passengers will be sent through from Lewiston to Buffalo, and thence by steamboat and railroad to Detroit or Chicago.

Going up, the Chief will leave Kingston at 7 a.m. and going down, at 8 a.m. For particulars see advertisement in this paper.


The two following letters have been published by request.

To the Editor of the British Whig.

Sir, - I notice a letter in one of your late numbers from a "Merchant" at the Trent. The proprietors of the steamer Queen Victoria, monopolists, though a "Merchant" may term them, have used every exertion to accommodate the public on the Bay of Quinte Route, and until this season they have made their trips regularly to the Head of the Bay, three times a week, although by so doing they submitted to a heavy loss. They consequently declined running there oftener than once a week (Mondays as advertised,) during the present season, unless they were assured of sufficient support to pay for the wood consumed from Belleville to the head of the Bay and back. If they had received any assurance to that effect, the trips would have been continued as usual; therefore, if there is any lack of public spirit or enterprise, it must be on the part of the principal business men of the Trent, and other places at the head of the Bay, to whom this offer was personally made by the subscriber last winter, and subsequently repeated through Wm. Robertson, Esq. an old resident of the Trent, who will confirm what I have stated.

I think, Sir, this explanation will be sufficient to refute the constant whinings of a "Voice from the Trent," a "Merchant" etc. As to his statement of Friday being the boat's day for running to the Trent, I am at a loss to account from whence he acquired his information; certainly not from the advertisement. In conclusion, Sir, the Proprietors of the Queen beg to assure a "Merchant" that they have every desire to continue their exertions to accommodate the public consistently, with the prospect of being able to pay 20s. in the Pound, (a "Merchant" will understand.) and not from any dread they may have, that the offer to Captain Chambers, or any other captain, will be accepted, and that they may, thereby, lose the whole of the lucrative business from the Trent, including the undivided support of the "Merchant."

I am, Sir,

Your obedient servant,


Belleville, June 23rd, 1849.

Belleville, 22nd June, 1849.

Henry Corby, Esq., -

In perusal of the Daily British Whig of yesterday, I observed an article complaining that the steamer Queen Victoria does not extend her regular trips to the River Trent, which is an inconvenience to the traveller as well as the resident merchants. I have nothing to say as to the individual grounds of complaint, but I will state the conversation I had with Mr. Kead and you on the subject. I called on you after the second trip of the Queen Victoria, this spring, and asked if you did not intend to extend your trips to the head of the Bay this season. You replied you would do so most cheerfully, could it be done without loss - that you lost considerably by going to the Trent last year; but that if the merchants at the Trent would guarantee the expense of the wood consumed between the Trent and Belleville, that you would go there regularly. Being interested in a place where I resided for more than twenty years, I communicated the conversation (verbally) to Mr. Cumming; he said that he, for one, was willing to enter into the arrangement. I heard no more of the matter till I saw the communication alluded to. It would be desirable that you and the Trent people should come to terms. They suffer an inconvenience, and in the end you may suffer a loss. It is to be hoped that the depression of this year will end with itself.

Yours truly,


Steamboat Accidents - We learn from the telegraph reports of the Detroit Bulletin, that the steamer Hudson came in collision with the Saratoga off Erie, and that two cooks were killed, and ten other persons missing. The boats did not meet with any serious injury, and had both put back to Buffalo for repairs....



Daily Line of Opposition Steamers


Kingston to Montreal


The Fast Sailing Steamers


Capt. Wells,


Capt. Farlinger,

In connection with the Steamers Sovereign and Princess Royal, leave Kingston for Montreal every morning (Mondays excepted) at a quarter before six o'clock, precisely, and go through to Lachine and Montreal by daylight; being twelve hours in advance of the Mail Line!

The place of departure is from the Lake Ontario Royal Mail Wharf (Glassford's.)

Cabin Passage to Montreal (meals included) 12s. 6d.

Deck Passage 3s. 9d.

Apply to


Lake and River Steam Packet Office,

Kingston, June 25th, 1849.


In Connection With The


The Commodious Upper Cabin Steamer


Captain W.L. Pierce,

From Ports on the St. Lawrence, through to Chicago in Four Days.

From Ports on Lake Ontario in Three Days.

The above staunch and well found steamer (having superior accommodations) will run regularly, during the remainder of the season, between Ogdensburgh, Lewiston and Toronto, touching at all the intermediate ports.

Going Up

Leaves Ogdensburgh every Monday at 1 P.M. (touching at ports on the St. Lawrence same day)

Leaves Kingston Tuesday at 7 a.m.

Cape Vincent " 12 noon

Sacket's Harbor " 3 p.m.

Oswego " 9 p.m.

Sodus Wednesday at 2 a.m.

Pultneyville " 4 a.m.

Rochester " 10 a.m.

And arrive at Lewiston the same evening.

Going Down

Leaves Lewiston every Thursday at 12 noon

Toronto " 5 p.m.

Rochester Friday at 9 a.m.

Pultneyville " 11a.m.

Sodus " 1 p.m.

Sacket's Harbor " 12 night

Cape Vincent Saturday at 3 a.m.

Kingston " 8 a.m.

And arrives at Ogdensburgh the same afternoon.

Passengers for the Upper Lakes can pay Fare and receive through Tickets on board the boat.

For Freight or Passage, apply to the Captain or Clerk on board.

June 1849.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 25, 1849