The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 22, 1850

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p.2 Messrs. McPherson & Crane sent away a large Tow to Montreal on Friday night; 11,500 bbls. of flour, and 7000 bushels of wheat, in barges towed by steamers Commerce and Bytown, also well laden. Mr. Glassford has also sent down a good deal of flour, and Messrs. McCuaig are preparing to follow on. The Beauharnois Canal not being open retards business upwards.

The First Boat of the Through Line - The Comet, Capt. Taylor leaves Kingston for Toronto & Hamilton, at 12 o'clock noon to-day. This is the First boat of the New Line, and will be followed in due succession by the New Era & Passport, as fast as they can be got ready: that is if nothing should happen to prevent it, of which more anon.

Rather Shabby - Last week a number of gentlemen and ladies took passage on the Magnet at Hamilton and Toronto to come down the lake. The Boat true to her hour started off on her trip. In the mean time preparations had been going on to give the passengers their dinner. The table was laid, the good things were cooking, and the passengers were anticipating the meal with great impatience. But a snow storm coming on, the Captain turned the boat's head back to Toronto, the dishes were removed, the cooking stopped, and on her arrival at the wharf, and while waiting for the wind to lull, the passengers were told that they must get their dinners ashore. This alternative they were forced to adopt. Ladies in their shoes, gentlemen in their fine boots, had to trudge off through the snow to an Hotel, and do the best they could on the leavings of a Table D'Hote. [Cobourg Star]

Note - The custom of steamers, victualling their cabin passengers is wrong in principle. Steamboats should be floating hotels, wherein every thing needed could be procured at moderate prices. It is the custom to do so on board the Hudson River boats, and it is, more or less, the custom at Home. Had the Magnet been allowed to charge for the dinner then cooking, which was evidently an extra expense to the vessel, the passengers would not have been sent ashore. We hope the day is not far distant, when passage money, state rooms, and meals on board steam boats, will be separate and distinct charges.

Steam Communication - We congratulate our fellow citizens in this District on the realization of our ardent wish for the introduction of Steam communication. We refer to an advertisement which appears in this day's Gazette, and we give the following extract of a letter received from the enterprising owners of the vessel, Messrs. Gooderham & Worts, of Toronto:

"On reading the Quebec Morning Chronicle, of the 25th February, we find some communications copied from your paper, giving an account of the imports and exports of your place, and recommending a Company to build or buy Steam Boats to run in connection with Quebec and intermediate ports.

We wish to inform you that our Steam Propeller, Western Miller, on the opening of the Navigation, will run between Toronto, C.W. and Halifax, calling at, according to your recommendation, St. Thomas, River du Loup, Gaspe, Perce, Paspebiac, Pictou and Halifax, and at each place also on her return trip, and as many others as would be found safe to enter, and at which sufficient Freight or Passengers could be obtained to make it worth calling for.

As her first cargo to Halifax is engaged, she will leave Toronto about the 20th April, or sooner if the navigation allows (she was the first vessel in Quebec last year from Toronto, and we find, on referring, that she was there on the 27th April) she will immediately proceed. Part of her cargo consisting of Flour, Pork, Biscuit, etc. which will be of a superior quality, will be for sale at the different ports at reasonable prices.

This may be considered only a trial trip, and if it meets with due encouragement she will continue on the route, making a trip from the head of Lake Ontario to Halifax and back monthly during the season of navigation. [Gaspe Gazette, March 28th]


Port of Kingston.

April 19th - Str. Magnet, Hamilton, gen. cargo, McLennan and others.

April 20th - Str. City of Toronto, Toronto, 24 packages goods, McLennan and others.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 22, 1850