The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 10, 1850

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No. V

A vast many fine schooners have put to sea ere we could find leisure to look at them and learn their destination. Among them was the British Queen, a vessel intended for the trade of the Lower Ports. It has often surprised many, that Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward's Island and Newfoundland should be supplied with Breadstuffs and other commodities, the production of Western Canada, by vessels from the United States. Save an occasional schooner from Quebec, scarcely a Canadian craft has made a practice of visiting the lower provinces. Last year, however, an attempt was made by Messrs. McPherson & Crane to open this trade, which met with partial success. This year fresh and more systematic attempts will be made by the same parties. The British Queen and the Governor, both large vessels, are to be placed between the lakes and Halifax; and some talk there is, that several other schooners will follow their example, if the trade can be made to pay; and we can see no reason why it should not.

The Marine Railway - Looking in here we took a view at Mr. Black's new three-masted schooner, recently launched from this yard. She is called the William Black, and is a very handsome and burdensome vessel, of about 250 tons, capable of carrying 4,000 barrels of flour. She is quite an addition, and quite an ornament to Kingston Harbor. She is almost ready to sail, and will be away immediately. On the stocks is another schooner (that is) far advanced, building for Captain Patterson. On the Railway is the steamer Prince of Wales, smart as a new pin, and ready for business; she was to have descended into the water yesterday or to-day. And lying at the wharf, nigh at hand, is the favored and fortunate steamer Henry Gildersleeve, lately on the Railway, and looking as well as she did when she led the van of steamers going to the great meeting at Queenston Heights. Then she was the swiftest craft on Lake Ontario. The Gildersleeve and Prince of Wales, under charge of Capts. Gilpin and Nosworthy, will do the greatest portion of the Bay of Quinte business during the coming season.

The Quebec Forwarding Company - This old and favorite Company is defunct; but its stock has been purchased, and will be used pretty much as heretofore. We cannot say what arrangements will be ultimately made, for the best of all possible reasons; but we have reason to believe, that the late Company's warehouses of last season, together with some additions, will continue to be occupied by the Company's late Agent, "the gallant braw John Highlandman," Mr. Donald Macintosh. In all probability, we shall have a further word to say on this matter in the course of a few days.

Messrs. McPherson & Crane - This well known Forwarding Firm have removed their office to the vicinity of their large fireproof warehouses on Browne's Wharf, where they have the amplest means to do a large business, and which they are sure to do if there be any business to be done.

Garratt's Wharf - This wharf and the large warehouses in rear, are occupied this season by Mr. Garratt himself, who is occupied in making some additions and improvements to the pier run out into the Harbor, a couple of years ago by Messrs. McPherson & Crane.

The Kingston Foundry - At this extensive establishment, now in full blast, we were shown a new steam engine of 35 horse power, made here during the winter, and intended for Mr. Morton's Steam Saw Mill, up the Bay of Quinte. The workmanship of this engine, with that of its two boilers, reflects the utmost credit on Mr. Masson, the superintendent at the Foundry. A steam engine of 35 horse power is no such mighty matter to be manufactured at Kingston; but it is the commencement of larger things, and the manufacture should be encouraged, thereby preventing the necessity of sending to Montreal or Niagara, and spending that money which should be laid out among our own mechanics. Whatever be the fate of Kingston as a commercial town, it must from its position be the chief sea port on Lake Ontario, and the shipping interest should be petted and patronized, as the only real bread-winner of the people. Ergo, the city should build its own steam engines. We strongly recommend all persons who have leisure to look at the engine above alluded to, ere it be removed, and say, whether the makers of that engine could not manufacture others twice or three times as big?

There are several other wharves in Kingston, which we regret to say are unoccupied, or at least, untenanted. With the resumption of business, things may take a stir, but at present, there seems no probability of any profitable employment for them. Four years ago not a wharf or warehouse, between Bower's Tannery and the Cataraqui Bridge, but was occupied and highly rented. This consequence follows the loss of the transhipment business, and the low price of breadstuffs in the Home Market. Nil desperandum! "lt is a long lane that has no turning." "Never say die." "There's a good time coming Boys!"

Kingston Imports.

April 8th - Str. Niagara, Ogdensburgh, general cargo, E. Brown & Co.

April 9th - Schr. Wm. Penn, Hamilton, 10,900 standard staves, Calvin, Cook & Co.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 10, 1850