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

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A very material alteration is proposed to take place in the mode of steamboat conveyance, between Montreal and the head of the Lake, next season. Messrs. McPherson & Crane and Messrs. Hooker & Holton, in conjunction with the Hon. John Hamilton, have an entirely new plan of operations to carry into effect, very much to the advantage of themselves and the public. Consequently they propose to run two lines of steamers from Montreal upwards; the one, the Mail Line Daily to Kingston; and the other, a Tri-Weekly Line to Hamilton. The Mail Line will consist of the Canada, Capt. O'Connor, the Lord Elgin, Capt. Stearns, and the Ottawa Chief, Capt. Lawless. The Hamilton Line to consist of the Passport, Capt. Bowen, the New Era, Capt. Maxwell, and the Comet, Capt. Taylor. A vessel is now building at Lachine to receive the engine of the Highlander, to be ready in July, and then these seven steamers will be found amply sufficient to do the work cut out for them. Mr. Bethune will have his Lake Mail Line as last year, consisting of the Princess Royal, Capt. Twohy, the City of Toronto, Capt. Dick, and the Magnet, Capt. Sutherland; with the Sovereign, Capt. J. Twohy, in reserve.

On the Bay of Quinte, the Henry Gildersleeve, Capt. Gilpin, the Farmer, Capt. Chambers, and the Prince of Wales, Capt. Nosworthy, are getting ready for summer operations.


It will be seen that this well established Forwarding House contemplate an extension of their business the coming season of 1850. Commercial men are referred to their advertisement, in another column of this day's paper. It will be seen that they have formed a connection with the Boston, New York, and Burlington American Lines. By McPherson & Crane's advertisement it will be seen that in addition to their old forwarding lines, they contemplate two new additional lines, and that in connection with the New York, Boston and Burlington Line, via Lake Champlain, and a weekly line via the Ottawa and Rideau Canals, calling at Kemptville, Westport, Portland, and other places, once a week - places not hitherto regularly touched at. By their Champlain line we will be connected with the Seaports of Boston and New York direct, and every facility will be afforded to the shipper of sawed timber for the American Market by this route, as well as to the importer of American Goods therefrom. This is a new trade, but one which there is every prospect of rising rapidly into importance for this section of Canada. By this line we are connected at once with the very heart of the old, prosperous and commercial States of New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. This trade is but of yesterday, but so much importance is attached to it, that a large Canal, as our readers are aware, is already contemplated between Caughnawaga and Lake Champlain, which will not doubt be constructed in a very few years.

By the weekly line on the Ottawa and Rideau Canals, merchants at Kempville and other places, not on the direct line of route, will be ensured a Boat regularly once a week, which will be a great advantage to them - especially at the rising Village of Kempville - as hitherto merchants there were never certain of a Boat, and had to forward their goods to the place known as Beckett's Landing, over a very bad road in the fall and spring, which is distant three miles from Kempville. Merchants at West Port, at the head of the Rideau Lake, about ten miles from the Isthmus, the nearest shipping place on the immediate line of the Rideau route, will also be much accommodated by this arrangement. By this line there will be no transhipment - no breaking bulk. The Steamer Charlotte, (low pressure boat) running in connection with the Beaver and Phoenix, from Bytown to Montreal, twice a week, will ensure the quickest despatch. McPherson & Crane have also opened large establishements at Hamilton and Dundas, for the purpose of conveying produce without breaking bulk, either to Montreal and Quebec, or Oswego and Rochester. This line will of course be connected with Bytown, by the steamer Beaver, from Kingston via the Rideau Canal twice a week, so that every arrangement so far as forwarding is concerned, is now perfected to carry us to all desirable ports, east, west, and south from Bytown. Below us, instead of one we have our choice of three of the best sea ports on this continent, and above, we will be connected with every port on four thousand miles of lake coast.


1850 FORWARDING 1850


(Low Pressure,)

For Freight - Running twice a week between Bytown and Montreal, in connection with the steamer BEAVER, (low pressure,) which Boat plies as Passage and a Freight Boat on the Rideau Canal, twice a week between Bytown and Kingston.


(Low Pressure)

For Freight - Will leave Montreal once a week for Kingston via Bytown, calling at stated periods during the week at the different Towns on the line, including Kemptville, Westport and Portland - delivering and receiving Freight; that which may be received and directed for Montreal, will be delivered to the Consignees the same trip of the Boat, shifting and detention at Kingston avoided.

The days of departure and arrival of the foregoing stated Boats will hereafter be given.


With Barges to & from Bytown and Rideau Canal to Whitehall on Lake Champlain, for the transport of Sawed Lumber, which, together with their tri-weekly line from Montreal to Burlington, and vice versa, connecting with the Burlington and New York daily transport line of Steam and Canal craft, (see advertisement,) will afford to Bytown and other Merchants on the Ottawa and Rideau all the facilities from New York and Montreal to Bytown, of a daily line of Freight Boats.


Two days in the week (the days hereafter to be notified to the public) will leave Bytown for Kingston immediately after the arrival of the Daily Passenger Boat from Lachine.


(Low Pressure,)

Will be kept at Bytown as a Tug for Rafts.


Bytown, February, 1850.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 7, 1850