The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 6, 1850

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We stated a few days ago that a Convention of the steamboat proprietors was about to meet at Kingston, to make arrangements about the business of the season. The convention was in session for two days, and we understand that an arrangement has been made to keep up the fares at the monopoly pitch, and that the public is again to be sacrificed to the mistaken views of the steamboat proprietors. Parties in the convention stood thus:- Macpherson & Crane and Hon. John Hamilton had announced a through line from Hamilton to Montreal every alternate day; Mr. Bethune and the company he represents felt themselves aggrieved by the River men coming on the Lake, and threatened an opposition line on the River, as during part of last season. The Americans, who have two vessels on the River, running to Montreal, of Canadian register, , were alarmed at the prospect of an opposition which ruined their business last year, and they threatened to join Mr. Bethune in his opposition. Messrs. McPherson & Crane, and Mr. Hamilton did not wish to give up their Lake scheme, and did not like opposition on the River, so they came to a compromise. They promised to pay to the Mail Line on the Lake, for every cabin passenger their through line carries to Kingston, 2s. 6d. for every deck passenger 1s. 3d.; and to the River Mail line the same sums for passengers carried between Kingston and Montreal. They further agreed not to start till four hours after the Mail boats. There was also another arrangement of a peculiar nature; Mr. Bethune is to run a boat between Toronto and Lewiston, and the through line agreed to pay him the fare on all passengers that they bring to Toronto on their way to Lewiston, whether they go by that boat or not. This is intended to damage the Chief Justice, now owned entirely by Mr. Hearn, of Niagara; an effort will probably be made to run her off the line. If it does so happen, we hope she may make her appearance as an opposition boat to Kingston, at fair remunerating rates. The monopoly rates will be the same as those of last year, after the opposition had ceased; from Hamilton to Kingston 25s.; from Toronto to Kingston, 1 pound; from Kingston to Montreal 1 pound; from Montreal to Kingston 1 pound 5 s. Six proprietors signed the agreement, which consisted of 26 articles - Messrs. Hooker, Henderson & Co., D. Bethune, Thomas Dick, John Hamilton, James Sutherland, Macpherson & Crane. It continues from the 8th May till 8th November. We predict for the monopoly, under this arrangement, but a short existence. [Globe]

Note - We copy the above for the purpose of giving the whole statement the flattest of contradictions possible. Whatever arrangements have been made, they are known only to the parties making them, and this exaggeration of the Globe is the result of the malice or envy of interested parties.

The Fashion is being fitting out at this port, to be run, we believe, in the Mail Line between Kingston and Montreal. [Globe]

Canal Tolls - changes, new standards for weights, etc.

Kingston Imports.

May 2nd - Str. Bay State, Rochester, gen. cargo.

Str. Ontario, Ogdensburgh, gen. cargo.

Schr. Premier, Port Hope, 744 bbls. flour, D. McIntosh; 1600 bbls. flour, McPherson & Crane.

May 3rd - Schr. Dundee, Oswego, in ballast, R. Patterson.

Schr. Erin, Hamilton, 57 bbls. pork, 8 bbls. oatmeal, James Morton.

Str. Bay State, Ogdensburgh, gen. cargo.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 6, 1850