The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 4, 1855

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(pages 2 & 3 are located inside May 7th edition)

p.2 The Oswego Palladium of the 23rd ult. says:- A number of vessels have arrived since our last from the Welland Canal, where they had been locked up during the winter. The receipts since our last are 7,448 barrels of flour; 27,207 bushels of wheat; 15,000 bushels of corn; 182,776 feet of lumber.

Travelling On the Bay

To the Editor of the Daily News.

Sir;- The olden times are come again. Expeditious travelling on the Bay of Quinte has returned. The same speed which characterized the splendid boats of the years 1835 to 1846 has been restored. Not only in speed are the boats of the present day equal to those of olden times, but the charges are equally liberal, and the meals are equally sumptuous. Now, sir, I am sure you will be most happy to record this fact; and to illustrate my few remarks, perhaps you will permit me to state a few facts.

I came on board the steamer Bay of Quinte, at her moorings in Belleville, at a quarter past 6 a.m., thinking I was late. I was anxious to get to Kingston before 3 p.m., and supposed the fast and splendid mail steamer would be able to accomplish the trip in that time. The boat left her moorings in Belleville at a quarter to 7 a.m., and did not reach Kingston till half-past 5 p.m., accomplishing the journey in the unaccountably short time of 10 1/2 hours. I may as well mention that this splendid steamer has an excellent system of taking freight on board. I believe nearly an hour and a quarter was wasted at Picton in shipping 150 barrels of flour; and the delays were equally short at all the other places. Of course, it was no matter for the consideration of the proprietors or commander of this splendid boat, that by these great delays some twenty passengers were obliged to lie over at Kingston all night. This is no matter for the consideration of these enterprising people, and does not require to be remedied.

Really, Sir, the trip was amusing, and the beauty of it was, that when we landed and spoke of the fact of being 10 1/2 hours on the Road, we were told that we could not have come any faster through the mud and Sir, it is true the two (last two lines folded over)

Yours, etc.,

Kingston, May 2nd, 1855 O.P.Q.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 4, 1855