The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 13, 1849

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p.2 Low Steamboat Fares - We noticed some days ago, that the opposition on the lake and river having ceased, the steamboats had returned to their higher fares, $4 cabin and $2 deck to Kingston. We regret this deeply, as we are strongly impressed with the belief that low fares, and consequently easy communication with different parts of the province must be highly advantageous to the social advancement, as well as the commercial prosperity of the country. But we regret it also on account of the steamboat proprietors, because low fares not only prevent opposition, which has ruined many steamboat owners on the lakes, but by the increased number of passengers increase the regular profit of the business. We think that the recent opposition more clearly proves this than has been proved before on the Canadian lakes. There were boats running twice a day to Kingston at 10s. and 7s. 6d. cabin, and 1s. 3d. deck, during an extraordinary dull season, with but few emigrants, and almost no pleasure travelling, either by Americans or by Canadians, on account of the cholera, and yet we have it from the very best authority that both of these lines very nearly paid their expenses. Now take an ordinary good business season, with plenty of American pleasure travellers, from whom Mr. Bethune has drawn so much money in times past, a large emigration, put the fare at $2 1/2 cabin and 2s. 6d. deck, and see whether one boat will not pay handsomely. In truth it does not appear at all impossible, that next year when we are promised another bout at opposition by the same parties, that both may be made to pay, if the season is a prosperous one, of which there appear every likelihood at the rates we have mentioned. Should the opposition come, even if it is a losing one, the monopoly will have little of the public sympathy. They have certainly shown an unwillingness to learn a lesson greater than the greatest dunce that ever sat at the foot of a class. We believe that the esteemed proprietors of one vessel of the line were in favor of low fares, but they were overruled by the others.

Note - Mr. Hamilton's Line of River Steamers have reduced their fares.

[Toronto paper]

p.3 The new Revenue Cutter Harrison, built at Erie for Lake Ontario, arrived in our Harbor some days since, and her veteran Commander, Capt. Knapp, has also arrived in the city. Capt. Knapp formerly commanded the U.S. Iron steamer Jefferson, at this port, and it is with pleasure that we announce his return here as commander of the Harrison, and his restoration from the proscription of iron-healed Locofocoism, for entertaining the sentiments of an honest and genuine Whig. [Oswego Times]

Port of Kingston.

Aug. 9th - Str. Niagara, Ogdensburgh, passengers and baggage.

Str. Bay State, Lewiston, gen. cargo.

Aug. 10th - Schr. Minerva Cook, Belle River, 49 pieces oak timber, Calvin, Cook & Co.

Str. Ontario, Sackett's Harbor, gen. cargo.

Schr. W.D. Eberts, Chatham and Oswego, 11 bbls. potash, Macpherson & Crane; 22,400 West India Staves, G. Merrick & Co.

Schr. Almeda, St. Catharines, 1266 bbls. flour, 21 tons bran, Macpherson & Crane.

Aug 11th - Schr. Durham, Oshawa, 16 bbls. flour and meal, 17 bbls. pot barley, 27 tons 15 cwt. bran and shorts, Garde, Spence and others.

Schr. Lady Bagot, Thorold, 1537 bbls. flour, Jas. Fraser.

Schr. Queen Victoria, Stony Creek, 100 pieces oak timber, 1000 West India Staves, Calvin, Cook & Co.

Str. City of Toronto, 67 bbls. pork, 14 cwt. bran, and bbls. ashes, Macpherson & Crane.

Through To Montreal By Daylight!

The Fast Sailing Steamer


Will leave Kingston for Montreal, on Tuesday morning, August 14th, at half-past five o'clock, and make the trip through by daylight.


Glassford's Wharf, Kingston Aug. 10th, 1849.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 13, 1849