The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), June 1, 1854

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p.2 Steamboating - The City of Hamilton having been purchased by a Belleville Company has been put upon the bay, in opposition to the Bay of Quinte. There has, as a matter of course, been some racing between the two boats, as it was but natural that under such circumstances their relative speed should be tested. The running was, however, as the rustic describes the wolf and dog chase, a "reef and tuck" affair, and we believe the mutual contest for the name of the "fastest boat" has been abandoned. There is, as usual, some cutting down of fares, of which the public will enjoy the advantage. But we hope to see the two boats give the public the greater advantage of a daily communication up and down the bay. If the owners cannot agree as to the order in which they shall leave Belleville and Kingston, an arrangement might be made for an alternation, or a clubbing of stock and division of profits. A boat leaving each end of the route every morning and returning the same day, as the Bay of Quinte and City of Hamilton are capable of doing would greatly facilitate the trade and intercourse between Kingston and Belleville, and between these and the intermediate towns and landings.

The bark Arabia of this port has cleared from Montreal for Glasgow with 13,676 bus. wheat and 500 brls. flour. The Cataraqui is at Quebec, completing cargo.

Emigrants - The Editor of the Hamilton Spectator paid a visit to the steamer Arabian when she reached the head of the lake crowded with emigrants, and thus remarks upon the manner in which the new comers were burthened with useless baggage and implements:-

On looking at the most extraordinary and uncouth things that these people brought along with them in the shape of baggage, and which with great trouble and expense they had carried across the Atlantic and up the Lake, it struck us as very singular, that notwithstanding all our Bureau of Agriculture has done, or pretends to have done, to enlighten the people of Great Britain and Ireland on the present state of Canada, that these men, who in reality belong to the educated classes, were utterly ignorant of our condition or what was wanted here. Shoemakers were to be seen with their stools and whole kits, even to their lapstones; Agricultural laborers with their scythes and reaping hooks; Wood cutters with their axes, and young farmers with their ploughs and harrows, any quantity of harrow teeth, and hay and manure forks, of such make and weight that it might be supposed a Goliah could only use them. It was of no use to tell these people to throw nearly all these implements into the Lake, and save themselves the trouble and expense of carrying them any further, they know better, because Lecturers on Canada, at home, had told them what to bring along with them, and what was not to be had here.

Malcolm must certainly send another "philosopher" to Europe, who it is to be hoped will be more successful than the last in diffusing general information among the people. It is quite evident, that notwithstanding all that his last one boasted of having accomplished, the people of Europe yet sit in a "dark and howling wilderness" after all. [Hamilton Spectator]

Port of Kingston - Imports -29th - Str. Ontario, Ogdensburgh - (gen. cargo)

Str. Michigan, Detroit - 500 barrels flour, 500 barrels pork, H.S. Jones.

Scow Dianttia, Cape Vincent - 18 cords of fine wood.

Sloop Messenger, Oswego - 50 tons coal, 1 brl turpentine, 1 carboy, J. Carruthers; 1 brl sugar, J. Holland.

Str. Cataract, Oswego - (gen. cargo)

Str. Star, Cape Vincent - (gen. cargo)

30th - Str. Bay State, Ogdensburgh - 2 bxs scales, S.K. Holbrook.

Str. New York, Oswego - (gen. cargo)

Schr. P. Rock, Chicago - 2,150 brls pork, 120 kgs 60 hlf brls lard, McPherson & Crane.

Str. Star, Cape Vincent - (gen. cargo)

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), June 1, 1854