The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 13, 1850

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p.2 Melancholy Occurrence - man suicides off steamer Gildersleeve, when abreast Allison's wharf - a letter from Robert Gilpin gives details.

To the Editor of the British Whig.

Dear Sir, - I see an editorial paragraph in this day's Whig, to the intent that Captain Gildersleeve, with his usual consideration for the peace of mind and well-being of the people of the Bay, has given instructions to the Captains and Engineers of his boats, that they are not to race. Allow me to inquire why such instructions had not been given before the comparative speed of the much improved Gildersleeve and the Fashion had been so well tested. Such a paragraph with reference to the Fashion would be superfluous, it being well known to the public generally, that even if her Captain and Engineers were not actuated by the same high and commendable regard for the public welfare, think from the construction of her boiler she cannot generate sufficient steam for the capacity of her engines, although even subject to that inconvenience, she is sufficiently fast to make a trip to the Trent and return daily, and to distance any boat that the considerate would-be-monopoly has yet placed on the route for the convenience of the Bay of Quinte travelling.

Yours, etc., OPPOSITION.

Kingston, August 12th, 1850.


We regret that it has been found necessary for a time to withdraw the Prince Albert from the Rideau route, but learn it is the intention of her owners to place her there again when it is found that business will warrant them in doing so.

It seems strange that two boats cannot be supported on that route, with all the trade between Kingston, Newboro, Portland, Perth, Smith's Falls, Merrickville, Kemptville and Bytown. But on enquiry we find that the very high rate of tolls on this Canal has been the means of turning the greatest proportion of the legitimate trade into other channels. And now Pork, Flour, and other supplies for our extensive Lumbering operations find their way to us by the Ottawa after descending the St. Lawrence, instead of coming through by the direct route (the Rideau.) We do not hesitate to say that the toll is out of all proportion high, as compared with tolls on other canals in the country. The rates at present charged were fixed some years ago, when no other Canal could be brought into competition, and we have no doubt it answered the end of its projectors at the time, and brought in a large revenue. But on the St. Lawrence canals being completed, the position of this canal was completely altered; and it seems strange that the scale of tolls was not at once remodelled to meet the change.

Prior to the establishment of the present rates, a barrel of flour was charged from Kingston to the Ottawa 2 1/2 d., and pork 3 1/2 d.; now the former pays 6 d., the latter 11 1/4 d. A barrel of flour can be transported from Kingston to Montreal for about 9 d.; shewing freight and toll to be little over one penny more than the toll alone for about half the distance by this route.

Cabin passengers are charged 3s. 11d., and deck passengers 11 1/4 d. On the St. Lawrence Canals all are charged alike, and go the whole distance for about 7d.

Why cabin passengers are charged more toll than those on deck we cannot see. On board steamers they receive very different accommodation, including meals, berths, etc., and of course pay accordingly. We feel satisfied if this matter were brought under the notice of the very active Officers now in charge, they would at once make such changes as would not only secure to the inhabitants on the line of canal all the benefit of cheap transportation, but also greatly increase the revenue of the canal. We may return to this subject on another occasion. [Packet]


Kingston Imports.

Aug. 10th - Str. Cataract, Oswego, fruit and other goods for owners.

Aug. 12th - Str. Northerner, Clayton, passengers and baggage.

Barge Trader, Montreal, 8 hhds. sugar, John Carruthers


Aug. 10th - Str. Cataract, Ogdensburgh, passengers and baggage.

Aug. 12th - Str. Northerner, Oswego, passengers and baggage.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 13, 1850