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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 25, 1851

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To the Editor of the British Whig;

Sir, - I happened to see a Communication in the Toronto Patriot of Monday, stating that the new steamer, Maple Leaf, had out-run the Passport, six minutes, between Kingston and Toronto, and having some little doubt as to the correctness of the assertion, I took the trouble to take a note of the downward trip of both boats from Toronto to Kingston, last evening. Both boats left Toronto about 25 minutes after noon. - the Maple Leaf about half a mile ahead. The Passport touched at Port Darlington while the Maple Leaf made a straight wake for Port Hope. Still the Passport arrived at Port Hope dock, eight minutes ahead of the Maple Leaf.

By taking into account the distances the Passport had to go out of her way to touch at Port Darlington, and the time occupied in lying at the dock, then the actual difference of running time between those 2 boats between Toronto and Port Hope, is about half an hour. I do not intend by this to disparage the Maple Leaf by any means, for a finer boat or a more civil Captain or Crew than that of the Maple Leaf does not sail on Lake Ontario. But what I do find with, and what I have no doubt but that Capt. Wilkinson honestly repudiates, is that any person should (I presume undesignedly) misrepresent the fact of the relative speed of the two boats. Your setting the public right on this point, will much oblige.


Kingston, 23rd Oct., 1851.

Sale of the Cherokee - We understand that Capt. Gaskin, has purchased the Cherokee, of 750 tons and 200 horsepower, and that it is his intention to take her to Quebec, and refit her for sea-going purposes, for which the Cherokee is admirably adapted, having been built for the naval service, and fitted with marine engines. Two routes present themselves, upon either of which the Cherokee could be well employed: the route between Quebec and Halifax, and that between Halifax and Boston; but which of these is to be preferred we have not ascertained.


23rd - Schr. Albion, Milford, 1371 bbls. peas, James Cook.

Str. Bay State, Oswego, passengers and baggage.

24th - Str. Ontario, Ogdensburgh, mixed cargo.

Barge Cottage, Montreal, 175 tons pig iron, H. & S. Jones.


22nd - Str. Bay State, Ogdensburgh, passengers and baggage.

24th - Str. Ontario, Lewiston, passengers and baggage.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 25, 1851