The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 21, 1851

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p.2 The free navigation of the St. Lawrence may be of very great benefit to American tonnage without prejudice to the business or interests of American ports on Lake Ontario. Already the channel of a very respectable amount of commerce, the free navigation of that river with its magnificent and expensive improvements, would open new fields of enterprise, stimulate new industry and give new employment to labor. With a course of 1800 miles and a basin of near 1,000,000 square miles, occupied by a population of more than 4,000,000, increasing with unexampled rapidity, the St. Lawrence has the elements of a vast commerce without any serious diversions of western trade from its established channels. The free navigation of the river would in effect, add three thousand miles to our ocean coasts for commercial purposes, and convert the lakes into great ocean inlets and bays, and their ports into ocean harbors. The lake ports would be substantially upon the ocean, and could carry on a direct export and import trade with Liverpool, China, or any remote country of the globe. Many of our lake vessels with their crews, engaged during the summer in the inland trade, would seek the ocean and gulf navigation, and the West India trade for which they are well fitted, during the winter. [Oswego Times]

The Novelty - "By the bye, how does it come that Captain Bonter's Novelty is styled a nondescript by the Whig, who probably never saw the boat? Does not Capt. Bonter patronize our neighbor in the advertising line?"

The above questions are somewhat impertinently asked by the Hastings Chronicle. 1st - The Novelty was called a "nondescript," by reason of the peculiar formation of her engine, which is constructed partly on the high pressure principle and partly on the low - the same steam is twice used - the term was not intended to be offensive.

2nd - Capt. Bonter always has patronized the British Whig in the advertising line, and will do so again. The Chronicle should bear in mind that men of business, when they do use the columns of a far-spreading newspaper, do so to suit their own convenience.


The Subscriber having taken the excellent Fire Proof Warehouses, now occupied by Messrs. E. Browne & Co., will continue the Stowage, Wharfage and Commission Business, on very reasonable terms. Shippers of produce will find these premises unequalled in Western Canada. Liberal cash advances will be made on consignments.


Kingston, April 18th, 1851.

Promotion - Mr. Kennedy promoted to clerkship in Custom House at Kingston appointments - details.

p.3 ads for steamers Passport and Prince of Wales. April 21st, 1851.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 21, 1851