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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 8, 1851

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p.2 Royal Mail Steamer Mazeppa - A Daily Mail from Toronto to St. Catharines! - Our townsmen will be glad to learn that a daily mail has been established between this Town and Toronto - this will give us our letters and papers from Toronto and Montreal just one day sooner - thanks to the new Post Master General, and Captain Donaldson for this. It will be with delight we can hail our little steamer visiting our landing every day with the words Royal Mail Steamer embellishing her paddle boxes. This is something we hardly looked for this year, and as Captain Donaldson carries the mail for but a small remuneration, we trust our townsmen will give him their support on every occasion convenient. We know Capt. D. has had a great deal to contend with: every possible opposition has been offered him in Toronto - and even here, in our own Town we find stages plying between this and Niagara, trying to take the trade which rightly belongs to our steamer, and to divert it in another channel. This is not right, and we trust none of our community will go fourteen miles out of their way, to get to Toronto, when our own boat makes the passage from Port Dalhousie there in three hours and a half; and now that she is carrying the mails, she will always have the preference of the Locks - other vessels will have to make way for her now, and the travelling community may rely upon a safe and speedy passage as well as every attention being paid to their comforts. [St. Catharines Journal]


6th - Str. Cataract, Ogdensburgh.

Str. Bay State, Ogdensburgh.

Schr. W. Miller, Sandusky, 8500 bush. wheat, Macpherson & Crane.

Schr. May Flower, Cleveland, 9582 bush. wheat, E. Hooker.

Barge Home, Quebec, 950 bars railroad iron, Macpherson & Crane.

Str. Northerner, Oswego, mixed cargo.


6th - Str. Cataract, Oswego.

Str. Bay State, Oswego.

Str. Northerner, Ogdensburgh.

The Ontario - three masted and full rigged - belonging to the firm of Messrs. Gilmour and Co., is now in port laden with Railroad Iron, on her first trip upwards. She looks an excellent craft, well found, and burthensome. Her tonnage is 336, and her capacity to carry under deck, 3000 barrels; on deck she will be able to stow 1000 with ease. She has a "slipkeel," and from appearance we do not hesitate to say, that she might navigate any part of the world accessible to seagoing vessels. Her cabins are on deck, that of the captain and mate, and hands, adjoining each other. The Superior, of the same size and belonging to the same firm, is now loading at Quebec. [Pilot]

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 8, 1851