The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 17, 1849

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(from bound volume of originals at Queen's University - Special Collections)

p.2 Closing of the Navigation - We observe no evident or tangible symptoms yet of the close of the navigation, or the stoppage of Steamboats. The Daily River Line and the Royal Mail Line to Toronto are in full operation, as is also the Line of American Lake Boats. The Rideau Canal Boats are still in motion, and those also on the Bay of Quinte, with the change of the Prince of Wales for the Fashion; the latter from the time occupied in taking in freight at the numerous stopping places, at this season of the year, being unable to accomplish her usual daily trip. The Prince of Wales and the Farmer will do the duty of the Bay till the close of the season on alternate days. The weather has recently set in cold, and a great change may take place next week.

Stock to the amount of £6000 has been subscribed for building a new Steamer, to run between that city and Queenston. £8000 is the amount required. McPherson & Crane are prepared to furnish the Engine; and we understand is determined to commence building her with as little delay as possible. [Amherstburg Courier]

The schooner Elizabeth of Toronto arrived at this port, on Sunday morning, direct from Halifax. She left this port, about twelve weeks ago, taking a cargo of flour to Halifax. She brings back a miscellaneous cargo of fish and Oil, the produce of the Nova Scotian waters. West India Sugar and Molasses. This is the first trip that has been ever made from this port direct to Halifax. It is believed that seven weeks will be about the average time consumed in a voyage from this port direct to Halifax and back. [Examiner]


The very great inconvenience of night travel and tedious passages on the lower Ottawa will shortly be overcome - the proprietors of the daily line having placed a new and exceedingly fine boat on that part of the route lying between Carillon and Lachine, which Boat, in connection with the steamer Phoenix, will convey passengers through from Montreal to Bytown in daylight during the season of navigation. The new vessel is named the Lady Simpson, and is an excellent model - 145 feet keel and 25 feet beam, with State Rooms and Saloons on deck, which are commodious and laid out with good taste, and to be finished in first style. This boat made a trial trip a few weeks ago, and fully realized the expectations of her projectors - average speed 13 miles per hour - draft of water 2 feet 6 inches. The proprietors of this line deserve much praise for their enterprise, having finished a fine Boat in the beginning of this season, but which was found to draw too much water, and now, before the season is over, getting one afloat. So far as steam conveyance is concerned, the Ottawa is well up with the age - on the upper as well as the lower Ottawa route, the accommodations are really good, and the kindness and attention of the Ottawa Skippers cannot be surpassed. If the Ottawa travelling community have had reason to complain heretofore in this respect, now, without doubt, they are highly favored - Capt . Shepherd of the Lady Simpson, Capt. Patterson of the Phoenix, Capt. Cuming of the Emerald, and Capt. Loney of the Oregon, are gentlemen. We heartily wish the owners of these noble Steamers much good success in their enterprise, and long life to their whole-souled and jolly commanders. [Bytown Packet]

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 17, 1849