The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 23, 1850

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p.2 Travel For The Lakes - Our Eastern friends going to Niagara or returning from that place, can find no more delightful conveyance, or diversified route, than that thro' Lake Ontario, via this city. After a wearisome ride from Albany in the cars, to go board steamers of immense size and great beauty, at Oswego, the relief is delightful. Then the view of the lake, the refreshing breeze and the varied panorama all combined, render this route one of extraordinary beauty and attractiveness.

This line of boats is now running from Lewiston and Genesee River to Oswego. From hence they go over to Sackett's Harbor to Ogdensburgh, where they unite with boats which pass down the St. Lawrence to Montreal and Quebec. The boats are of the largest class, admirably furnished and arranged, and commanded by gentlemen of tried experience and skill. We should be glad to aid our Eastern friends in diversifying their pleasure excursions the approaching summer. The following table of distances will be read with interest:-

From Oswego to Buffalo, via Lake Ontario.

Oswego to Rochester 65 miles

Rochester to Lewiston 87 152

Lewiston to Niagara Falls 7 149

Niagara Falls to Buffalo 20 179

From Oswego to Quebec, via Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence.

Oswego to Sackett's Harbor 45 miles

Sackett's Harbor to Kingston 42 87

Kingston to French Creek 24 111

French Creek to Alexandria 12 123

Alexandria to Brockville 26 149

Brockville to Ogdensburgh 12 161

Ogdensburgh to Cornwall 47 208

Cornwall to Lachine 90 298

Lachine to Montreal 9 307

Montreal to Quebec 180 487

[Oswego paper]

Kingston Imports.

May 21st - Str. Bay State, Lewiston, gen. cargo.

Str. Ontario, Ogdensburgh, gen. cargo.

May 22nd - Schr. California, 1 pipe wine, A. Foster; 5 pipes wine, John Carruthers.

Barge Thistle, Burlington, gen. cargo.

Str. Northerner, Oswego, gen. cargo.

Str. Bay State, Ogdensburgh, passengers and baggage.

Fast Running - The Steamer Ontario, Capt. Throop, made the run Saturday evening last, between Niagara and Genesee Rivers, distance of 80 miles, in 4 hours 55 1/2 minutes. This is the quickest time every yet made by steam on Lake Ontario. The officers of this noble vessel are among the most capable and experienced men on the Lake, and no effort is spared to make passengers comfortable. May they continue to have full loads. [Oswego Times]


And Intermediate Ports.

The Splendid Steamer


William Williams Master,

Will leave this port for the above mentioned places, on the 27th inst.

For Freight or Passage apply to


Kingston, May 23rd, 1850.

Sale of H.M. steamer Union postponed until 28th inst.


The Steamer


Capt. Henry Twohy.

Will leave Kingston for Toronto and intermediate ports every Monday and Thursday afternoons at 3 o'clock. Will leave Toronto for Hamilton, every Tuesday and Friday mornings at 8 o'clock. Will leave Hamilton for Toronto every Tuesday and Friday afternoons at 3 o'clock. Will leave Toronto for Kingston, calling at Port Hope and Cobourg (weather permitting,) every Wednesday and Saturday, at noon.

The Steamer PRINCESS ROYAL having been furnished with new Boilers, is now one of the fastest boats upon Lake Ontario; and having had her Upper Cabin extended nearly the whole length of her Deck, the accommodations for Passengers have been greatly increased. She has State Rooms for upwards of Fifty Cabin Passengers, and several of them are fitted up with double French Bedsteads. She has long been well known as one of the best sea-boats upon the Lake, and is now one of the fastest and most commodious.

Royal Mail Steam Packet Office,

Toronto, May 20th, 1850.

1850 The Steamer 1850


Capt. J. Nosworthy,

Will for the present Season, leave the different Ports on the Bay of Quinte as follows:-


Kingston, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday Afternoons, at 5 o'clock.


Trent and Carrying Place, every Tuesday and Thursday, at 11 A.M.

Belleville every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 2 o'clock P.M.

Picton every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings, at 6 o'clock P.M.

N.B. - Should the Mail Steamers from below not arrive at Kingston by 5 o'clock P.M. the Prince of Wales will wait half an hour.

Kingston, May 22nd, 1850.

For Bytown - The Ssteamer Prince Albert, Capt. Friel, will leave McLennan's Wharf, Tomorrow, 24th inst., at 3 o'clock p.m. Kingston, May 23rd, 1850.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 23, 1850