The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 10, 1850

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p.2 Disgraceful - As the steamer Niagara was leaving the port of Toronto, on Thursday the 18th a crowd of dock loafers belonging to Her Most Gracious Majesty, assaulted the steamer with a shower of stones, which was anything but safe for the passengers who were standing on deck. One of the female attendants of the boat was hit on the head with a stone, and a considerable gash made by it. A few panes of glass were also broken. We also noticed a great deal of low, vulgar and insulting language used by the porters and runners who are about the docks on the arrival of this boat. If the authorities of Toronto do not regard trade and travel from Oswego, as of sufficient importance to protect our boats and people from assault and abuse, it is time we looked elsewhere for a trading port.

The above is from one of the Oswego papers, and we are sorry to say that there is too much truth in the charges made against this port. The porters, runners, carters and cabmen who assemble on the arrival of the steamers, conduct themselves in the most riotous and disorderly manner, so much so that passengers are almost afraid to venture ashore. It is absolutely necessary that the corporation should station an officer on the wharves to maintain order. [Globe]


Kingston Imports.

Aug. 8th - Str. Hope, Oswego, in ballast, L. Cormier.

Aug. 9th - Schr. George Moffatt, Aldboro, 6200 pipe staves, Calvin & Cook.

Schr. Perry, Whitby, 7269 pipe staves, Calvin & Cook.

Str. Ontario, Ogdensburgh, 26 boxes glass, James Glass.

Schr. Triton, Oswego, 100 bbls. salt, William Anglen.

Schr. Selina, Cleveland, gen. cargo.

Schr. Fashion, Oswego, salt and other goods for owners.

Schr. Prince Albert, Anderson, 37,168 staves, Calvin & Cook.

Str. Northerner, Oswego, gen. cargo.


Aug. 9th - Str. Ontario, Lewiston, 10 bales wool, Oswego.

Str. Northerner, Ogdensburgh, passengers and baggage.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 10, 1850