The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Feb. 7, 1850

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We refer our commercial readers to an advertisement in to-days paper from the firm of Messrs. McPherson & Crane. The old adage "those who help themselves God will help" is about to be again verified. This enterprising firm, seeing that transhipment of produce at Kingston can no longer be expected, instead of standing still with folded hands, have cheerfully met the evil more than half way, and opened large establishments at Hamilton and Dundas, for the purpose of conveying produce without breaking bulk, either to Montreal and Quebec, or Oswego and Rochester, as the case may be. It is greatly to be regretted that Kingston should lose the transhipping business, but it is no use grieving for spilled milk. The evil is done - let us look for the remedy. Kingston is still the best and almost the only harbor on Lake Ontario; and as such nearly all the shipping on the British side of the lake will belong to it. The vessels which Messrs. McPherson & Crane will use in this new extension of their business belong to Kingston; and so would all the others, if the Kingston Forwarders would imitate the conduct of the leading house, and retain that business in their hands by shipping forward to meet it. Thus indirectly would Kingston still participate in this lucrative trade and enjoy the lion's share.

Speaking of McPherson & Crane reminds us to say, that during the ensuing summer they will do their Kingston Business on that magnificent wharf with fireproof warehouses, known as Cartwright's Wharf, Greer's Wharf or Brown's Wharf, but which for many years to come will be better known as McPherson & Crane's Wharf. It is by far the largest wharf in the city, and the best adapted for doing a general business. To suit the convenience of their down freight trade they have leased the commodious warehouses on Garden Island belonging to Messrs. Calvin, Cook & Co. who go out entirely of the forwarding business, of ought but lumber and staves. And while we are on this subject, why should we not say a good word where it is deserved? Last year, Messrs. Calvin, Cook & Co. under very disadvantageous circumstances undertook the Government Contract of Towing all vessels that passed the St. Lawrence Canals, through from Lachine to Prescott. This service the contractors executed with so much satisfaction to the Government and the Public, that we heartily trust, when the Contract for the present year is given out, that Messrs. Calvin, Cook & Co. may be again the successful applicants.



Warehousemen, Forwarders,


Commission Merchants:

Hamilton, Dundas, Kingston, Prescott, and Bytown;

Macpherson, Crane & Com'y, Montreal.

Beg leave to inform the Merchants of Hamilton, and the Merchants and Millers of the surrounding Country, that they have commenced the Warehousing and Forwarding Business in Hamilton and Dundas, and are now prepared to receive Property in the commodious Premises lately in the occupation of Messrs. M.W. & E. Browne, and trust that their long experience in the Business, and the strictest attention thereto, together with moderate charges, warrant them in expecting liberal support. Being owners of the first class Steamers COMMERCE & COMET, and a large Fleet of first class Sailing Vessels suitable for the Lake and River Navigation, with six St. Lawrence freight steamers, and the largest stock of barges in the trade.

They offer such facilities for the transportation (without transhipment) of Produce to Oswego, Motnreal, or Quebec, and of Merchandize upwards, as are not equalled by any other house, and can at all times give the greatest despatch to Property entrusted to their care.

Liberal advances will be made on Produce when placed in store and consigned to them for sale.

James Street Wharf,

Hamilton, 21st January, 1850.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Feb. 7, 1850