The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 3, 1851

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We understand that Mr. Linton has received a Telegraphic despatch from Capt. Gaskin, advising him of the safe arrival at Quebec, of the schooner Briton from Halifax, with a cargo of Sugar and fruit, and that it may be expected here on Tuesday next. As it is intended to dispose of the whole cargo to the trade at public Auction, this will afford an opportunity for merchants to supply themselves to better advantage than they can do either in Montreal or New York. We trust that this is only the commencement of a direct trade on the part of Kingston, which will yet be extended to the West Indies and even Europe, rendering us independent of the Atlantic ports and saving us the enormous tax which we pay to the importing Merchants there, for commission, storage, profits. Favored as Kingston is, by nature, with a splendid, safe and capacious harbor, of easy access, and protected against every wind, - in fact, far the most superior on Lake Ontario; situated as it soon will be, in the very centre of that network of Railroads with which the Province and all North America will soon be interlaced, connecting with Halifax, on the Atlantic, and, probably, Oregon, on the Pacific. Young Kingston is marked out as the great port of entry for the foreign trade of Upper Canada and the West. To Capt. Gaskin belongs the honor of being the pioneer in this onward movement; and in future days, when our beautiful bay is white with sails from every clime, his name will be recorded as that of the enterprising seaman who brought the first vessel to Kingston with a foreign cargo, direct from the ocean. Due notice will be given by Mr. Linton when the cargo of the Briton will be sold. It could not be consigned to better hands. Their knowledge of that gentleman's manner of doing business, inspire perfect confidence in the trade that the sale will be conducted in the most straightforward and liberal manner.

Supposed Loss of Steamer Empire State on Lake Erie, With All On Board.

A telegraphic dispatch received Friday afternoon from the West, states, that the splendid steamer Empire State, on Lake Erie, is supposed to have gone down with all on board. The E.S. left Dunkirk on Wednesday the 22nd instant for Chicago, since when nothing has been heard of. It is not known how many were on board.


Oct. 31st - Barge Glasgow, Montreal, 925 bars railroad iron, Railroad Company, Sandusky.

Barge Belfast, Montreal, 1076 bars railroad iron, Wabash R.C. Company.

Barge Western, Montreal, 595 bars railroad iron, Wabash R.C. Company; 75 tons pig iron, Hope, Burnett & Co.

Str. Ontario, Oswego, mixed cargo.

Nov. 1st - Barge Osceola, Montreal, 1154 bars railroad iron, Macpherson & Crane.

Barge Globe, Montreal, 1283 bars railroad iron, Macpherson & Crane.

Barge Liverpool, Montreal, 1404 bars railroad iron, Macpherson & Crane.

Barge Wave, Montreal, 1100 bars railroad iron, Macpherson & Crane.

Barge Billow, Montreal, 1020 bars railroad iron, Macpherson & Crane.

Str. Cataract, Ogdensburgh, mixed cargo.


Oct. 31st - Schr. Globe, Detroit, 323 bars railroad iron.

Str. Ontario, Ogdensburgh, passengers and baggage.

Nov. 1st - Str. Cataract, Oswego, 270 bags potatoes, 10 kegs butter, 6 bbls. peas.

Schr. Conductor, Sandusky, 798 bars railroad iron.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 3, 1851