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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 18, 1850

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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 8 A.M.

Leave Sacket's Harbor 11 M.

Leave Kingston, C.W. 2 1/2 P.M.


Leave Montreal 5 P.M.

Leave Ogdensburgh 7 P.M.

Leave Kingston 9 A.M.

Leave Sacket's Harbor 12 M.

Leave Oswego 4 P.M.

Leave Rochester 8 P.M.

Arriving at Lewiston at 4 A.M.


(connecting with the Steamers from Buffalo)

Leave Lewiston Daily at the usual hour of the arrival of the Steamers of this Line.

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 Steamers.

Passengers taking the morning Express Train of Cars at Albany can leave Oswego same afternoon, and arrive at Buffalo in time for breakfast next morning, and at Niagara Falls 5 hours in advance of the Express Train via Buffalo.

Passengers from Niagara Falls in the afternoon will arrive at Albany next afternoon in time for the boats for New York and the eastern cars for Boston.

Passengers will also arrive at Montreal in time for the steamers for Quebec and Lake Champlain.

E. BROWNE & Co., Agents

Custom House Wharf,

Kingston, June 15th, 1850.



The New Cut - Eight Hours Frm Lake to Lake.

Chippewa, 1 o'clock Saturday, 10th June, 1850.

Sir, - The steamer Britannia was engaged by Mr. Shickeluna to pass through the Welland Canal on Thursday morning. Commenced discharging a full cargo at Toronto at 8 o'clock. Proceeded to Hamilton, and arrived at Port Dalhousie early on Friday morning. Left St. Catharines at half past six, passed through 22 locks in five hours, remained in Thorold level until 2 o'clock, reaching Merritsville and the junction at 5; remained for dinner until about 10, and arrived at Port Colborne at 12 o'clock. Left next morning at 4 o'clock, giving Point Abino a wide berth, reached Buffalo at 7 o'clock, left at 10 and reached Chippewa in about 1 1/2 hours. Although no time was allowed to make the most ordinary preparations, the boat was not trimmed, consequently steered badly, still the time made proves that she can pass from Lake to Lake in eight hours. The result of this first trip through the new and short cut cannot fail to prove satisfactory to all concerned in the commerce of Canada, and ensure the future success of the Welland Canal.

I have the honor to be, Sir,

Your obedient servant,


To the hon. Wm. Hamilton Merritt.

Toronto, June 12th, 1850.

Sir, - In reply to your note of Saturday, it gives me much pleasure to express my satisfaction at the arrangements made by Mr. Shickeluna, and the result of your trip. Aware of the difficulties to encounter in moving so many on so short a notice, the time in which you passed the locks between St. Catharines and Thorold, and through the new cut, gives the best evidence of what can be done in future.

The passage of a vessel from Lake Erie to Ontario within daylight is less by one half than was ever anticipated by the most sanguine, therefore the announcement of the fact that it can be done in eight hours is highly satisfactory, and I beg to congratulate you on being the first craft to open the way.

Your obedient servant,


Fatal Accident - while a barge was passing through one of the locks, the tow-rope became entangled on the gate near the water's edge, the tow-line suddenly jerked, and canal lockman was killed. [Cornwall Freeholder]

Lake Steamers Time Changed - The Directors of the Ontario line of steam ships have changed their hours of departure from this city, so that 12 hours will be saved between Ogdensburgh and Lewiston. The boats will leave Oswego at 5 o'clock P.M., or on the arrival of the Express train from Albany, arriving at Niagara at 6 o'clock, P.M. and at Buffalo to breakfast. The arrangement is to go into operation on Monday, the 17th inst. Such a change, we imagine, will be most acceptable to the travelling public and business men. In addition, the passengers who leave this city by the 6 o'clock train, can ordinarily reach New York the same evening, via the boats and the Hudson river rail road. [Oswego Times]


Port of Kingston.

June 15th - Schr. Caroline, Ogdensburgh, in ballast, S. Williams.

Str. Cataract, Oswego, gen. cargo.

Str. Northerner, Ogdensburgh, gen. cargo.

Schr. Britannia, Gananoque, 13 1/2 casks nails, H. McLennan; 60 casks nails, Hooker & Holton; 36 casks nails, 20 doz. pails, 20 doz. rakes, H. McLennan.

June 17th - Brig Saxon, Oswego, 142 bbls. and 28 tierces lard, H. & S. Jones.

Awful Disaster.


Buffalo, June 17th.

A telegraphic despatch from Cleveland this morning says that the steamer Griffith, on her way from Buffalo to Toledo when about 20 miles below Cleveland, at 5 o'clock this morning, took fire and burnt to the water's edge. The mate, who swam ashore, reports only 30 saved, and each saved themselves by swimming ashore. Capt. Roby, wife and child are among the lost. There were between two and three hundred souls on board. The accounts differ as to the loss of lives. The last report gives the number lost at 260. We understand that Mr. Franklin Heath, wife and four children are among the lost. Mr. Heath formerly resided in this city whence he returned to New York - he is a brother of Mr. Jas. Heath of this city. Horace Palmer, Operator in Speed's Office, Toledo, was lost on board the Griffith - he got on board at Erie. The Western lines are working badly and we are unable to get further particulars.

ad for str. Canada. June 18th, 1850.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 18, 1850