The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 15, 1850

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p.2 City Council - about to reimpose Harbour Dues Act.


We copy the following, on the subject of the navigation of the St. Lawrence, from a Buffalo paper:-

The subject of the navigation of the St. Lawrence by American vessels has recently excited considerable attention and interest. It appears that applications for permits have been made to the Provincial Government, and have been denied. This is now understood to be the settled policy, which will admit of no relaxation until some species of reciprocity arrangement is perfected. In fact, we presume the favor is withheld in order to induce the United States Government to pass the Bill before Congress on this subject. The following letter which we have received from a gentleman connected with the Government of Canada, fully and explicitly explains the present position of this question:-

Toronto, March 30th, 1850.

Dear Sir, - I am this morning in receipt of your note of the 27th inst., and have pleasure in giving you the information you request.

American vessels are not now permitted to pass by our inland navigation to the sea; neither will special application for that purpose be entertained. The fact is, that the authorities of this Province look upon the free use of the St. Lawrence and Inland Navigation, as a valuable concession, which should not be made without an adequate compensation.

The permission to the Eureka was granted by the Home Government, it having been treated as a special case.

An American vessel, if owned by a British subject, and registered, becomes at once a British vessel, and enjoys all the privileges incident to that character. A vessel of this description has a clear and indisputable right to pass down to sea, on payment of the very moderate tolls now charged for the use of the Canals. I am, dear sir,

Yours faithfully,


E.R. Jewett, Esq.

The Steamers - The Chief Justice, commanded by Capt. Colcleugh, long and favorably known on the Toronto and Hamilton route, has resumed her daily trips between this city and Lewiston, after undergoing some necessary repairs. The City of Toronto which took her place for a few days, is being painted and re-furnished, ready to take her place on the Kingston Line, as will appear by an advertisement in our columns. [Patriot]


Detroit, April 13th.

Loss of Schooner Lawrence - The Keystone State just down from the upper lakes reports, that on Wednesday morning the Schooner Lawrence, Captain Shore, of Milwaukie, with 10,000 bush. of Wheat, was sunk about a mile to the westward of St. Helena, in eight feet of water, being cut through by the ice. She sunk in 15 minutes. The leak was discovered, giving the Captain and crew barely time to lower the yawl and save themselves by flight. Capt. S. says the vessel struck the pier last fall and started a butt and the ice favorably started it again.


H. JONES & Co. renew the offer of their services as FORWARDING and COMMISSION MERCHANTS. They are well prepared with Steamers, Schooners and Barges, to Forward Property from Lakes Erie and Ontario, to Montreal, Quebec, or Lake Champlain. Their long experience and constant attention to business, will, they trust, assure them a share of public patronage.

H. Jones & Co., New Produce Stores, Canal Basin, Wellington Street, Montreal.

W.J. Macdonell & Co., 22 Front Street, Toronto, over the Telegraph Office.

H. & S. Jones, Kingston.

H. & S. Jones & Co., Brockville.

Montreal, April, 1850.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 15, 1850