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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 3, 1850

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p.2 The Through Line - The first vessel of the Through Line has departed on her course. The New Era, Capt. Maxwell, left Kingston for Montreal yesterday afternoon, amid the congratulations of a large concourse of well-wishers. Since she has been altered on the Railway, the New Era is as steady as a rock, and her speed is no wise injured. She had an excellent freight on board, with lots of passengers.

Departure of the Troops - The Right Wing of the XXth Regiment, under Capt. Horn, left Kingston this morning in the Lord Elgin, Capt. Stearns, for Montreal....The Right Wing of the Rifle Brigade left Montreal for Kingston, yesterday noon, in the Ottawa, and will be here some time this afternoon.

Kingston Imports.

May 1st - Schr. Troy, Rochester, 200 bundles fruit trees, J. Boardmen; household furniture and effects, owner.

Str. Ontario, Rochester, gen. cargo, E. Browne & Co.

Str. Cataract, Ogdensburgh, gen. cargo.

May 2nd - Schr. S. Wright, Rochester, ballast.


We learnt last evening, by Telegraph from Cleveland, the particulars of an accident which has just happened to one of the Lake Erie steamboats on the American side. The boat was named the Anthony Wayne. She left Toledo at 9 o'clock on Saturday morning with 25 passengers, and took some 40 passengers more at Sandusky, leaving there at 10 o'clock. These and the crew made the number on board 90 to 100. About half past 12 on Sabbath forenoon, just below Vermillion, and 8 miles from shore, the starboard boilers exploded, throwing the boat into a perpendicular position, tearing away the steerage cabin, and shattering the whole badly. She sunk in fifteen minutes, going down head foremost - the yawl was launched, and twelve persons reached shore in it. The life-boat half filled on launching, and leaked badly; but six persons got ashore, after six hours exertions.

Capt. Gore, James and G. Edgecomb, the 1st mate, and Mr. Vance, the clerk are saved. The 1st and 2nd engineer are both lost. Mr. D.A. Eddy of Cleveland was seen after the explosion, but whether he is lost is not known. The state-room of the captain next to the steerage cabin, was blown in pieces, but he was not hurt. When she went down she was on fire - the cause of the accident was known. The boilers were only a year old, and in good condition. A fireman who escaped says he tried the boilers just before she exploded, and there was plenty of water in them. The hurricane deck is supposed to have floated, and was thought to have been seen from shore yesterday forenoon. Two small vessels went out from Vermillion to pick up any survivors.


One of the vessels which went out took off (line missing) the St. Louis, says that the boilers were entirely new last season, and were built and put in under his superintendence by Willock of Detroit. The Wayne was owned by C. Howard & Co., of Detroit, and was running in opposition to the regular Sandusky line.

The steamer Belle of Chatham, C.W., with a cargo of flour for Montreal, is aground a little below Prescott, and is reported to be in a leaky condition.


At Portsmouth, Near Kingston.

The Subscriber respectfully begs leave to acquaint the Shipping Interest, that his New and Complete Marine Railway is now in perfect working order.


Portsmouth, May 3rd, 1850.

* The Lake Iron Steamer Passport is now on the Ways of this Marine Railway, and vessels of even larger tonnage can be hauled out with perfect safety.

A convention of the principle steamboat proprietors on both sides of the Lake was held at Kingston last week. The agreement came to is this: The Through Line agrees to pay to the owners of the Lake Boats $1 on each cabin passenger, and 1/2 a dollar on each deck passenger, brought by them (the Through Line) from Montreal to Hamilton. Mr. Bethune is to receive the price of passage for all passengers taken from Toronto to Lewiston, that the Through Line bring to the former place from below, no matter in what boats they are taken. Rates to be the same as last season when the opposition ceased. [Toronto Examiner]


The Public are hereby notified, that all Freights upwards will be charged by the Ton of 2000 lbs, the Government having named that quantity as the Standard in their tariff of Tolls.






Montreal, April 26th, 1850.



1850 - U.S. MAIL LINE - 1850

Northerner, Capt. R.F. Child.

Ontario, Capt. H.N. Throop.

Bay State, Capt. J. Van Cleve.

Cataract, Capt. R.B. Chapman.

Rochester, (between Lewiston and Hamilton) Capt. J. Masson, in connection with the

British Queen, Capt. Laflamme and British Empire, Capt. Moody,

Will form a Daily Line, Sundays excepted, between

Hamilton, Lewiston, Rochester, Oswego, Kingston, Ogdensburgh and Montreal.

Landing at Intermediate Ports.


Leave Hamilton, (C.W.) 7 A.M.

Leave Lewiston 4 P.M.

Leave Rochester 10 P.M.

Leave Oswego 9 A.M.

Leave Sacket's Harbor 12 M.

Leave Ogdensburgh 7 A.M.

Arriving at Montreal at 6 P.M.


Leave Montreal 10 A.M.

Leave Ogdensburgh 8 A.M.

Leave Kingston 4 P.M.

Leave Sacket's Harbor 9 P.M.

Leave Oswego 10 A.M.

Leave Rochester 6 P.M.

Arriving at Lewiston at 4 A.M.


(connecting with the Steamers from Buffalo)

The Steamer Rochester leaves Lewiston daily at 1 P.M. for Hamilton (C.W.) and a Steamer for Toronto at the same hour.

The Steamer Niagara, Capt. A.D. Kilby, will leave Oswego for Toronto via Rochester, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, at 8 o'clock P.M. Returning, leaves Toronto Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, at 8 o'clock P.M.

Going Up - Leaves Oswego at 8 P.M.

Leaves Rochester at 8 A.M.

Arriving at Toronto at 4 P.M.

Returning - Leaves Toronto at 8 P.M.

Leaves Rochester at 5 1/2 A.M.

Arriving at Oswego at 10 A.M.


A Train of Cars leaves Oswego for Albany, at the usual hour of arrival of the Steamers from Lewiston and Ogdensburgh; and the Morning Train from Syracuse arrives at Oswego in time to connect with the Steamers, both upwards and downwards.


There are two Trains of Cars daily from Buffalo to Niagara Falls; and one Daily Train from Niagara Falls to Lewiston, leaving the Falls at 2 o'clock, P.M., connecting directly with the evening Mail Steamer.

E. Browne & Co., Agents

Custom House Wharf,

Kingston, May 1st, 1850.




Without Transhipment

From Montreal to Toronto and Hamilton.

The following New and powerful Steamers have been placed upon the above Route, calling at Cornwall, Prescott, Brockville, Kingston and (weather permitting) at Cobourg, Port Hope and Darlington, and will ply as follows:-

PASSPORT - Capt. Bowen,


From Montreal every Tuesday forenoon at 11.

Kingston Wednesday afternoon at 6.

Toronto Saturday at 12 noon.


From Hamilton every Friday at 12 noon.

Toronto Friday afternoon at 4.

Kingston Saturday morning at 7.

NEW ERA - Capt. Maxwell,


From Montreal every Thursday forenoon at 11.

Kingston Friday afternoon at 6.

Toronto Saturday at 12 noon.


From Hamilton every Monday at 12 noon.

Toronto Monday afternoon at 4.

Kingston Tuesday morning at 7.

COMET - Capt. Taylor,


From Montreal every Saturday forenoon at 11.

Kingston Sunday afternoon at 6.

Toronto Monday at 12 noon.

Arriving at Toronto in time for the Lewiston afternoon boat.


From Hamilton every Wednesday at 12 noon.

Toronto Wednesday afternoon at 4.

Kingston Thursday morning at 7.

Arriving at Montreal the same evening.

This Line is composed entirely of New and Fast Sailing Steamers, built expressly for the Lake and River Navigation, fitted up in the most modern style, with Upper and Lower Saloons, State Rooms, etc. and will be found by passengers to possess superior advantages in point of speed and comfort.

For Freight or Passage apply on Board, or to

MacPherson, Crane & Co., Montreal.

Alex. Milloy, Steam Boat Office, No. 40, McGill Street, Montreal..

John Hamilton, Commercial Wharf, Kingston.

James Lambert, Cobourg.

W.M. Gorrie, Toronto.

Macpherson & Crane, Hamilton.

Steamboat Office, Commercial Wharf,

Kingston, May, 1850.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 3, 1850