The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 1, 1849

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At length the people of Belleville and the Bay of Quinte have a fast steamer; such a vessel as they should have had ten years ago. The proprietors of the two regular boats, the Queen and Prince of Wales, have agreed among themselves to try the project of a fast vessel, so long and so often dinged into their ears by the press and the public; and taking advantage of the idleness of the late opposition River seamers, have determined to lay up their own boats and

charter the Fashion for the remainder of the season. This steamer they intend to run in common - placing the captains of the two laid up boats to act in the Fashion, the one as sailing master, the other as purser, and thus preserve the interests of the regular boats, by avoiding anything like jealousy or competition. This is an important move in the Bay of Quinte steamboat navigation. The Fashion is the fastest vessel on the Canadian waters, and can easily make the trip up and down to Belleville in 24 hours, with ample leisure to refit. She intends to leave Kingston every evening and Belleville every morning, making her first trip upwards this evening. It is so rare an occasion to say anything good of steam boat proprietors, that our readers will the more coincide with us in awarding a proper share of praise to the owners of the Queen and the Prince of Wales, for the public spirit displayed in thus laying up their own vessels and chartering another for the public accommodation alone. That the public will support them we fully believe - since it is their interest to do so; being well assured, that if they do not re-imburse the owners of the laid-up boats for the extra outlay in chartering the Fashion, they must remain contented for the next ten years to come with the old slow coaches of the past ten years. The present undertaking is but an experiment, and it remains for the public to say whether it shall be a successful one or not.

The little steamer Farmer, Capt. Chambers, which for the past six weeks has been running as a Day Boat up the Bay, must of course be taken off the Belleville route, where she could not hope to compete with the fast Fashion. We have heard that it is the intention of Capt. Chambers to lay his vessel on the Picton route alone, making one trip up and down to that flourishing town per diem, leaving Kingston every afternoon and returning the following morning. But all these changes our readers will see duly advertised in our columns in the course of time, to which we refer them.

Port of Kingston.

July 30th - Schr. Lady Bagot, Thorold, 1642 bbls. flour, James Fraser.

Str. Niagara, Lewiston, gen. cargo.

Str. Cataract, Oswego, gen. cargo.

July 31st - Schr. Fashion, Oswego, gen. cargo.

Schr. Queen Victoria, Gosfield, 3000 West India staves, Calvin, Cook & Co.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 1, 1849