The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 8, 1851

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p.2 Welland Canal - During the week ending August 26th, 138 vessels passed the Welland Canal - 74 up and 64 down. Of these passing down, the cargoes of 24 were bound to Oswego, 29 down the St. Lawrence, 3 to St. Catharines, 2 to Toronto, 2 to Hamilton, 2 to Ogdensburgh, 1 to Sackets Harbor and 1 to Dundas. Of the 64 passing down it will be seen that 37 were bound to British ports and 27 to American, showing a larger proportion going down the St. Lawrence and to Canadian ports than ever before in any one week. Three cargoes of flour and wheat went to Montreal, but a large proportion of those going down the river were composed of timber and staves. The cargoes going to Canadian ports on Lake Ontario were composed mostly of coal, Indian corn and plaster, from American ports on Lake Erie.

The Late Disaster.

At a meeting of the Aldermen and Common Councilmen of the City of Kingston held on Tuesday evening 2nd September, the following Resolutions were unanimously adopted: -

Resolved - That the Mayor, Aldermen, and Commonalty of the City of Kingston embrace the earliest opportunity of recording their deep sympathy for the bereaved relatives and friends of the nineteen persons, who lost their lives in the waters of the St. Lawrence, near Clayton, on the fourteenth day of August last; and on behalf of the citizens of Kingston, return sincere thanks to the Officers and crew of the American Steamboat Niagara and Schooner Reindeer, to the owners, Officers and crew of the British Steamboats Prince of Wales and the Henry Giildersleeve, and the Schooner Tom Dick, and to the inhabitants of Clayton and Wolfe Island, for the generous and humane exertions made, and the kind exertions rendered by them, upon the occasion of that awful and afflicting calamity.

Resolved - That the thanks of this Council be also tendered to Mr. High Bailiff Channonhouse, and the other citizens of Kingston, who so generously and assiduously assisted in the recovery of the bodies of the deceased.


6th - Str. Adventure, Oswego, 60 bbls. water lime, H.M. Lerman.

Schr. Scotland, Cleveland, 2554 bbls. foreign flour, E. Hooker.

Schr. Argo, Sandusky, 12,000 bush. foreign wheat, E. Hooker.

Barge William Henry, Montreal, 1200 bars railroad iron, H. & S. Jones.

Str. Princess Victoria, Quebec, mixed cargo.

Barge Thames, Quebec, 800 bars railroad iron.

Barge Quebec, Quebec, 770 bars railroad iron.

Barge Doon, Quebec, 970 bars railroad iron.

Barge Shannon, Quebec, 1163 bars railroad iron.


6th - Scow James White, Oswego, 38,000 feet pine lumber.


The Steamers Gildersleeve and Prince of Wales will, during the three days of the Exhibition at Brockville, to be held on the 24th, 25th and 26th instant, convey Passengers intending to visit the Fair at that place, at Half Price, to and from any port on their routes.

Kingston, 8th September, 1851.

ANNUAL FAIRS - the Ontario and St. Lawrence Steamboat Company charging half price to Provincial Fair at Brockville and State Fair at Rochester.

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