The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 11, 1850

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p.2 The Lake and River - The steamer Canada is making daily trips between Kingston and Prescott; the steamer Magnet is making bi-weekly trips between Hamilton and Kingston; and the steamer Niagara is making tri-weekly trips between Rochester and Ogdensburgh, touching at Kingston up and down. This state of things will continue all the present week, and part of the next. The Niagara leaves for Oswego this evening late. She takes over the officers and crew of H.M.S. Cherokee, recently paid off here, on their way to England. The Bay of Quinte is now free from ice, and steamboats can go and come between Kingston and Belleville.

Port of Amherstburg - We are extremely sorry to hear that a serious misunderstanding has arisen between our Customs Officers and the large Lake Boats, by which the latter are deterred from stopping here. This port has heretofore derived a considerable revenue from these boats by the trade they necessarily bring. They purchase wood and produce, and the passengers generally leave a small amount each at some of our shops. It, therefore, would seem to be good policy in us to induce them by every means, to stop, instead of adopting measures to keep them away. However, we shall always be well pleased to know that our Customs Officers do their duty faithfully, regardless of consequences, in every case, without the least partiality, favor or affection. The above thoughts were suggested by the sight of a letter from an extensive steamboat owner, who seems to think that passengers at Amherstburg, who wish to take a boat up or down the lakes, will have to go to Detroit for that purpose, as boat owners cannot afford to risk a seizure, on every slight pretence. We really hope the citizens of this place will adopt some measures to re-institute a good understanding with our American friends.

[Amherstburg Courier]

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 11, 1850