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

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The means of communication from all parts are rapid and convenient. The steamboats touching at the American ports on Lake Ontario convey tourists from the Falls of Niagara to Ogdensburgh, where they may embark en route for Montreal, on board the splendid steamers British Empire, Capt. Moodie, and British Queen, Capt. LaFlamme. The elegance and comfort of these boats, and the skill and urbanity of their commanders, are sufficiently well attested by their numerous passengers.

Equally deserving the attention and patronage of the travelling community, are the well appointed and powerful boats, which ply on the British side of the Lake, communicating at Kingston with the noble line of Mail Steamers Elgin, Ottawa, and Canada, commanded respectively by Captains Stearns, Lawless, and O'Connor, men of ample skill and experience; the last named commander, although but recently appointed to the Mail Line, bids fair to become as highly popular on the route as any of his confreres, by his energy and unremitting attention to the comfort and convenience of his passengers. While speaking of the Mail Boats, we may remark, that in no department of travel has a greater improvement taken place than in the arrangements of the Mail Line, whereby the entire distance is performed by daylight; and passengers leaving Kingston in the morning reach Montreal early the same evening with extraordinary punctuality; thus, whether the trip be one of pleasure, or business, the inconvenience of passing a night on board a steamboat, as was formerly the case, is altogether avoided, and the beautiful scenery of the St. Lawrence is seen to much advantage.

We understand that the Mail Line will shortly be further strengthened by the addition of the elegant and powerful steamer Highlander, which is about to be launched, and the beauty of model and excellence of the construction of which, are admitted by all who have seen her. The Highlander will be commanded by the universally popular Captain Stearns, now of the Elgin, and under his control will be a model of all that is to be desired in a steamboat. A new feature also, in the philosophy of travelling, is the establishment of what is appropriately termed the "through" line, and is composed of the excellent and capacious steamboats New Era, Capt. Maxwell, Passport, Captain Bowen, and Comet, Captain Taylor. The capabilities of these boats, and the merits of their commanders are too well known to require comment; passengers by these boats can proceed to any port on the Canadian side, between Montreal and Hamilton, without transhipment at Kingston, which, in some instances, as of families removing, etc., is a desideratum. Altogether, the "onward march" has of late been in nothing more apparent than in Canadian steam navigation. [Montreal Herald]

Port of Kingston.

July 17th - Schr. Portland, Cleveland, 1661 bars railroad iron, C.C. Railroad Company.

Str. Ontario, Lewiston, passengers and baggage.

Str. Northerner, Ogdensburgh, " "

July 18th - Str. Bay State, Lewiston, gen. cargo.

Schr. Farmer, Cape Vincent, gen. cargo.

Schr. Kosciusko, Dunkirk, 1234 bars railroad iron, C.C. Railroad Company.

Schr. Herald, Sandusky, 1380 bars railroad iron, C.C. Railroad Company.

July 19th - Str. Northerner, Oswego, passengers and baggage.

July 20th - Str. Bay State, Ogdensburgh, passengers and baggage.

July 22nd - Str. Ontario, Lewiston, passengers and baggage.

" Ogdensburgh, " "

Schr. P. Victoria, Chatham, 15,530 pipe staves, Calvin & Cook.

Schr. Conductor, Pigeon Bay, 30,900 W.I. and 1866 pipe staves, Calvin & Cook.

Schr. Edith, Port Hope, 5,000 staves, Calvin & Cook; 4748 bush. wheat, H. & S. Jones.

Schr. Oneida, Oswego, 150 bbls. salt, A.S. Cramer.

Barge Albert, Montreal, gen. cargo.

Str. Northerner, Sacket's Harbor, gen. cargo.

Str. Comet, Montreal, gen. cargo.



Bay and River Through Line

The Splendid Steamer


Capt. R. Gilpin,

Will perform one trip a week between Belleville and Montreal direct, as follows:


Leaving Belleville Monday morning at 9 A.M.

Picton do. do. 12 Noon

And leaves Kingston at half-past 5 in the afternoon of the same day.

Leaves Brockville Tuesday morning at 4 o'clock

and arrives at Montreal at 3 o'clock in the afternoon of the same day.


Leaving Montreal Canal Basin Thursday at 1 o'clock P.M.

Lachine on arrival 4 1/2 Train from Montreal at 5 o'clock P.M.

Coteau du Lac, Friday at 12 1/2 A.M.

Cornwall do. 4 1/2 A.M.

Dickenson's Landing do. 8 1/2 A.M.

Piller's Wharf do. 10 1/2 A.M.

Williamsburgh do. 12

Matilda, do. 1 1/2 P.M.

Prescott do. do. 3 1/2 "

Brockville do. do. 5 "

Gananoque do. do. 8 "

Arriving at Kingston do. 10 P.M.

Leaving Kingston Saturday at 11 A.M.

Bath do. 12 1/2 P.M.

Picton do. 2 1/2 "

Arriving at Belleville and Trent Port early same evening.

For the Gildersleeve inquire of Messrs. H. Jones & Co., Montreal, or to the Capt. on board at Belleville.

Kingston, July 23rd, 1850.

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