The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 20, 1850

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No. IV

Quebec, Aug. 17th, 1850.

My Dear Whig:-

...I left Montreal last night, in the Lord Sydenham, Capt. Jesse Armstrong, the admiral of these waters, and got here before breakfast, doing the 180 miles, including stoppages, in less than 12 hours. Pretty fair running this, for an old boat, and pretty smart work for an old Captain, which Capt. Armstrong and his vessel unquestionably are. But to look at the Lord Sydenham, nobody would take her for ought but a new steamer of the very latest construction. She is most superbly furnished and in the American style; has abundance of state rooms, and seems as fine as a fiddle, and like that instrument, is, therefore, to be appreciated in proportion to her age. The Lord Sydenham was built at Prescott, by Mr. Hamilton, then called the Ontario, and sold by him into the Lower Canada trade, as being too large for the lake and river.....

We understand that Messrs. Gooderham & Worts have sold their superior freight vessel, the Western Miller, to Messrs. McPherson, Crane & Co. We have also been informed that she will be continued on her usual route, which will now be extended to Hamilton.

Kingston Imports.

Aug. 17th - Str. Fashion, Belleville, passengers and baggage.

Str. Bay State, Lewiston, gen. cargo.

Str. Racine, Detroit, 946 bbls. flour, Macpherson & Crane.

Aug. 19th - Str. Ontario, Morristown, passengers and baggage.

Schr. Caledonia, Oswego, in ballast, D. McNeil.

Schr. England, Oswego, in ballast, J. McDonell.

Schr. Mayflower, Shannonville, 42,008 feet lumber, James Morton.

Str. Princess Victoria and 7 barges with 6717 bars railroad iron, D. McIntosh.

Str. Northerner, Oswego, fruit and gen. cargo.


Aug. 17th - Str. Bay State, Ogdensburgh, passengers and baggage.

Str. Ontario, Oswego, 200 bbls. flour and gen. cargo.

Aug. 19th - Str. Northerner, Ogdensburgh, passengers and baggage.

The number of vessels passing through the Welland Canal, during the past month of July amounted to 308 - of which 99 went down for American ports, and 59 for British, and 85 up for the former and 65 for the latter. [Journal]

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 20, 1850