The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 20, 1850

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This favorite sea-going craft deserves a longer and a better notice at our hands than was taken of her on Thursday last. The City of Toronto has almost been entirely rebuilt since last Fall. Like "my grandfather's knife" which had two handles, and three new blades, this steamer visits the port of Kingston a new vessel. Capt. Dick has expended upwards of Three Thousand Pounds in repairs; that is to say, if new top sides, new deck, new cabins and new furniture can be called repairs. In addition to which, the City is furnished with a pair of wrought-iron wheels, the first of the kind ever applied to a merchant steamer on these inland waters, and which have had the merit of increasing the speed of the boat fully two miles an hour. The Boilers and Engines of the City have been thoroughly overhauled; but as they were always most excellent and kept in good order, they stood in need of few or no repairs. The propriety of building steamers substantially, and of the best materials was made abundantly manifest while stripping the City to put on the new upper part. The original timbers were found to be in a most excellent state of preservation, sound as a roach, and budding fair to last for many years to come. When properly painted and fitted for the season, the City of Toronto will be what she always was, a safegoing and elegant steamboat. In all probability she will make one of Mr. Bethune's Line of Lake Mail Steamers, but running independently for the owner's account. Her regular days are Wednesdays and Saturdays from Kingston upwards.

American Lake Steamers - The Line is as complete as it will be for three weeks to come. It consists of the Cataract, Ontario, and Bay State, which boats will make their calls in succession at Kingston, both up and down, with a vacancy every fourth day, until the Northerner, Capt. Childs, comes out to fill it up. The Niagara has been hauled off the Line to make by-weekly trips from Oswego to Toronto.

City Council - a long discussion on Bill for the amendment of the Market Act - 2nd clause - Putting a toll of 1 penny per cord on boats and scows - finally decided for it.


Port of Kingston.

April 18th - Str. Ontario, Ogdensburgh, passengers and baggage.

Str. Niagara, Rochester, gen. cargo.

Str. Erie, Belleville, 1 roll leather, H. McLennan.

April 19th - Schr. William, Port Milford - eggs, hams, wax, potatoes, apples, butter, owners.

Schr. E.W. White, Oswego - in ballast - Mr. Moodie.

An Act - to amend certain Acts relating to the Harbor and Public Market - passed April 17th.

Clause 2 - That from and after the 1st day of May now next, the Market Collector or his authorized assistant, be authorized to collect from any person or persons in charge of any vessel, raft or crib in the Harbor of the said City, laden with firewood, the market charge or toll of one penny per cord, in the same manner and with the like power as the Harbor Master formerly used and exercised, under the authority of said last mentioned Act.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 20, 1850