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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 27, 1851

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p.2 Port of Hamilton - Great activity and enterprise has been going on during the past winter and this spring at our Port, not only in repairing, enlarging and building new store-houses and wharves, but also in the steamboat and schooner line.

The City wharf has had some 63 feet added to it and a very large and commodious storehouse, affording ample accommodation and facilities for the importer as well as the exporter. The same proprietors also have six schooners now in course of rigging for the spring trade. Macpherson, Crane & Co. have four also getting ready. Mr. Cook two and Mr. Flood two, making in all fourteen Schooners which will be ready for business on the opening of navigation. We may also add that the enterprising seaman, Captain Zealand, having cut down one of his vessels, is rebuilding her from the water's edge.

While this is going on with our Schooners, the proprietors of our Steamers are not a bit behind in energy and activity. The Steamer Britannia having been fitted up with an Upper Saloon for the accommodation of passengers and has undergone a thorough overhauling, we understand she will make one of a through line between this city and Montreal. The Steamer Rochester is likewise at our Port, and is undergoing what repairs may be necessary previous to the spring, and will commence her regular trips, and will commence her regular trips to Lewiston, on Monday next, if the season permits. We also noticed a nice Yacht which is being built by the Messrs. Whites so that while business is being pushed ahead pleasure is not entirely forgot. Altogether the work done and doing at our port this season has been quite unprecedented and will vie we think with any port in the Province. With such signs of Prosperity

on our waters and the Great Western Railway progressing rapidly, as it is, on land, we look forward with high hopes to what our City will be in a very few years. There is no sign of ruin and decay here. [Gazette]

Nearly one half of the ice has left the Bay, and vessels are now enabled to come up as high as Browne's wharf. The Spring business is about to commence in good earnest, and the Chief Justice Robinson, as will be seen per advertisement, has commenced her regular steamer trips to Niagara and Lewiston, leaving Toronto each morning and returning in the afternoon.

The steamer Magnet is to commence running between this port and Kingston on Thursday next. We understand that the Rochester - which was expected to start on her trips between Hamilton and Lewiston on Monday next - will be delayed a short time in consequence of having experienced injury from the ice on Thursday night. [Patriot]

Capt. Sutherland has called at our office, to state that the Magnet will start on her first trip on Thursday week (instead of Thursday next, as we were led to believe,) provided the harbor of Kingston be clear of ice by that day. [ibid]

Great Reduction of Tolls at Cobourg Harbour - rate of tolls given on various articles, before and after prices. [Cobourg Star, 26th Feb.]

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 27, 1851