The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 18, 1850

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p.2 Lake Steamers - The City of Toronto, Capt. Dick, made her appearance in Kingston harbor yesterday morning, looking as well as ever. She has taken her days on the lake, which are Wednesdays and Saturdays from Kingston. It is yet undecided whether the "City" will make one of Mr. Bethune's Mail Line, or run independently. The whole boat is now owned by Capt. Dick. The steamer Cataract, Capt. Troop (sic - Throop ?), also made her debut for the season in Kingston harbor on Tuesday afternoon, on her way down the River, calling again yesterday afternoon on her return to Oswego. There are now two American Lake Steamers in motion, to be followed in time by the whole fleet.


The arrangements on the Ottawa for the coming season are about completed, and the public will have the pleasure of travelling with greatly increased speed and comfort on this route. A new and splendid vessel, the Lady Simpson, will run between Lachine and Carillon. She will be commanded by Captain Shephard, who has been long and favorably known as Captain of the Oldfield, and whose name is a sufficient guarantee that the Lady Simpson will be kept in "crack" order. From Carillon to Grenville the road is much improved. The new boat, the Phoenix, commanded by Capt. Patterson, will be placed between Grenville and Bytown, and on that vessel, as well as on the Lady Simpson, travellers will find everything to be desired as respects elegance, comfort, and good order, and a most obliging commander. The passage from Montreal to Bytown, and vice versa, will occupy less time than was requisite heretofore.

It is contemplated to make arrangements with the St. Lawrence Boats that will allow Quebec passengers to embark for that place on their arrival in Montreal, and thus enable them to reach Quebec in twenty-four hours after leaving Bytown.

Above Bytown the facilities for safe, speedy and comfortable travelling are very favorable. A good Macadamized Road from Bytown to Aylmer is now in progress of construction, and will soon be completed. Between Aylmer and the Chatts, the Iron Steamer Emerald will ply as usual. This vessel has only been in use during the past three seasons, and this year is fitted up in superb style. The Emerald will be commanded by Captain Cumings, who is well known and deservedly popular. The Railroad at the Chatts, between the lower and upper landings, is in good order, and will render the transit of goods and passengers safe and speedy. The Steamer Oregon will ply between the Chatts and Portage du Fort. The Oregon is an iron vessel, only three seasons in use, and a prettier vessel, or a more perfect vessel, does not sail on American waters. She is commanded by Capt. Loney, who, for urbanity and attention to his passengers, and keeping his vessel in first rate order, is surpassed by none.

The Ottawa River is now furnished with a class of vessels - and facilities otherwise - for affording excellent accommodation to travellers. There is, perhaps, no river on this continent possessing so great variety of scenery, and so many attractions to the traveller whose object is either pleasure or science. The scenery is strikingly pecuromantic wildness, it combines beauty equal to that of the Hudson, and a majestic grandeur equalled only by the St. Lawrence. It rises among granite ridges, and its course passes over several very interesting geological formations. Perhaps the most interesting section is that in the vicinity of Bytown, where the members of the Silurian system - unusually rich in fossils - approach their northern outcrop. For a summer excursion the Ottawa offers many inducements.

We would add to the above, that it is expected that passengers will be conveyed through between Bytown and Montreal in twelve hours, and it is contemplated to reduce the fares. Rates etc. to be given next week.


This splendid vessel is now ready for commencing her trips for the season, having been newly painted and fitted up, and had some important improvements made in her machinery. The Phoenix was finished last season, and is modelled after the latest built Hudson River and Lake Champlain Boats, and arranged throughout in the same style. No cost has been spared to make the Boat both elegant and comfortable. Additions have been made to her boilers, which will secure additional safety and increased speed. It is propelled by one very powerful engine, which moves without jar or shake. The Phoenix is 177 feet in length, with 26 feet beam, and is over all in width 44 feet. The Gentlemen's Cabin is below deck, and is 61 by 21 feet. The decks are about 8 feet apart. The Ladies Cabin, which is between decks, is 39 by 16 feet. Both Cabins are richly furnished, and well lighted and ventilated. The Saloon is 30 feet by 16 feet. Forward of the Saloon is a large space for the accommodation of deck passengers, where they can be perfectly protected from wind and storms. The promenade deck is 134 feet long, 40 feet of which is covered with a hurricane deck. The hurricane deck serves as an awning, and being immediately over the Ladies Cabin tenders it very cool and comfortable in the warmest weather. The thanks of the public are due to the enterprising proprietors, Messrs. McPherson & Crane, for this very valuable acquisition to the travelling facilities on the Ottawa.

The public will be pleased to know that her former commander, Capt. Patterson, is still on the Phoenix. They have now a Steamer of the finest description, and commanded by a gentleman who is universally and deservedly popular. Passengers can depend upon attention, comfort and punctuality. [Bytown Packet]


Port of Kingston.

April 16th - Str. Ontario, Oswego, gen. cargo, Browne and others.

Schr. Sovereign, Hamilton, 1635 bbls. flour, H. & S. Jones.

Prop. Earl Cathcart, Toledo, gen. cargo, Macpherson & Crane and others.

The Royal Mail Steamer


Capt. Dick,

Has commenced her trips between Kingston and Toronto for the season.

Will leave Kingston every Wednesday and Saturday Afternoon, after the arrival of the River Boat; returning from Toronto every Tuesday and Friday.

Kingston, April, 1850.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 18, 1850