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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 27, 1851

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To the Editor of the British Whig.

Sir, - Having read a communication from "A Passenger," relative to the speed of the Passport and Maple Leaf, I think that the "Passenger" who came down by the Passport could not have been aware that the Maple Leaf had an accident to her machinery. I perfectly agree with the "Passenger" that Capt. Wilkinson would not make any misrepresentation about his boat when fairly beaten. It is well known to all who are acquainted with the navigation of the Lakes, that the Maple Leaf has no match on these waters as a sea boat, and I have no doubt when her machinery is put in proper working order, that she will be the Champion in the smooth, as well as in the rough waters. - Had the Maple Leaf started with the Passport on Thursday evening last from Kingston, I have no doubt that she would have made her appearance in Toronto harbour some ( ) twelve hours in advance of the Passport. Your setting the public right as to the cause of the Passportrunning into Kingston first will much oblige.


Kingston, Oct. 27th, 1851.

Trade with U.S. - decline of trade with Oswego because of new rail-road at Ogdensburgh. (quoting several N.Y. papers)

Shipwrecks and Loss of Life - A dispatch from Buffalo dated Oct. 21st states that the schooners E.G. Merrick and Illinois, loaded with lumber and staves, are both ashore; one on the Canadian side and the other on the American side of Lake Erie. The schooner Cambria, with a cargo of coal, has sunk at Ashtabula. The schooner William Penn capsized on Lake Ontario with the crew all supposed to be lost. The Canadian schooner Christiana, loaded with timber, also capsized on Lake Ontario, and her crew, consisting of nine persons, were drowned. The gale is represented as having been very severe.

Steamboat Convention - On the 11th of November, a meeting of steamboat owners will take place at Kingston to consider on the arrangements of next season. There are now afloat first class vessels sufficient to form a Daily Line from Montreal to Hamilton; another Daily Line from Belleville to Montreal; and a third Daily Line from Ogdensburgh to Hamilton. To form the first Line, there are the Champion, May Flower, Maple Leaf, Passport, Arabian, Highlander, New Era, and Magnet, one too many - all steamers well calculated to buffet with the severest weather of Lake Ontario. To form the second Line, there are the Ottawa, St. Lawrence, Elgin and Gildersleeve; and to form the third Line there are the Princess Royal, City of Toronto, and perhaps, the Chief Justice, with the Canada to spare.


24th - Barge Cleveland, Montreal, 1284 bars railroad iron, Macpherson & Crane.

Barge Cobden, Montreal, 939 bars railroad iron, Macpherson & Crane.

Str. Niagara, Oswego, mixed cargo.

25th - Str. Bay State, Ogdensburgh, mixed cargo.

Barge Oswold, Montreal, 1154 bars railroad iron, Macpherson & Crane.

Barge Globe, Montreal, ? bars railroad iron, Macpherson & Crane.

Str. Niagara, Ogdensburgh, in ballast.


24th - Propeller St. Lawrence, Chicago, 100 tons pig iron, 200 bbls. salt.

Str. Niagara, Ogdensburgh, passengers and baggage.

25th - Str. Bay State, Lewiston, passengers and baggage.

Notice to Contractors - taking tenders for work on Junction Canal between Galops and Pt. Iroquois canal. Board of Public Works.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 27, 1851