The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 25, 1850

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We sincerely regret being obliged to state, that the Through Line, that line of steamers which we fondly hoped would have commanded universal support and patronage, is about to be discontinued, and the fine vessels which compose it, laid up for the remainder of the season. The travelling business has been found not sufficient to support two Lines at full price; and so, after mature deliberation and due consultation, the steamboat owners have determined to lay up one Line. Consequently the Passport and New Era will no longer make their weekly trips, and the Comet will become a regular Freight steamer in the business of Messrs. McPherson & Crane. The River Mail Line and the Lake Mail Line will continue their daily trips as before, with this difference; that in a few days the new Highlander, one of the finest and fastest vessels afloat, will take the place of the Canada in the River Mail Line; the latter vessel going into the Freight business of Messrs. Hooker & Holton. Capt. Stearns, the most popular steamboat Captain on the Canadian waters, will resume the command of the new Highlander, while Capt. O'Connor will leave the Canada for the Lord Elgin.

Steamer Prince Albert - Business is so dull on the Rideau Canal, that the steamer Prince Albert, Capt. Friel, one of the only two regular boats on that route, has hauled off for the present, intending to make a few trips on the St. Lawrence, between Kingston and Quebec, until business recommences on the Canal. The Prince Albert leaves tomorrow for Quebec, at 12 o'clock noon. What a severe lesson this fact must be to the projectors of this most expensive Canal! After twenty years' existence, one out of two small vessels is obliged to haul off for want of business! And yet for more than half its length, the Canal passes through a fine country with many large and populous villages on or nigh its banks, to wit, Perth, Smith's Falls, Merrickville, Kemptville, etc., etc.

Port of Kingston.


July 23rd - Str. Cataract, Oswego, gen. cargo.

Str. Northerner, Ogdensburgh, gen. cargo.

Str. Bay State, Ogdensburgh, passengers and baggage.

July 24th - Schr. Trition, Oswego, 5 tons coal, J. Morton; 1 ton tow, T. Sterson.

Schr. Hope, Oswego, in ballast, L. Cormier.

Str. Free Trader, Montreal, gen. cargo.


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

July 23rd - Str. Bay State, " " "

Str. Cataract, Ogdensburgh, " "

Schr. Oneida, Cleveland, 459 bars railroad iron, C.C. Railroad Company.

July 24th - Str. Northerner, Oswego, passengers and baggage.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 25, 1850