p.2 Steamboat Arrangements for 1860
Kingston being so deeply interested in the steamboat arrangements on the Lake and River, we have taken pains to ascertain what these are to be for the ensuing season, and we think we may congratulate our readers on their being advantageous for our port and convenient for the travelling community.
The Hon. John Hamilton, proprietor of the steamers Passport, Kingston, and Champion, has chartered the steamers Banshee, New Era, and Jenny Lind. These boats will form a daily line between Kingston and Quebec, calling at the usual river ports, and connecting at Ogdensburgh with the Lake Ontario Express Line. We regard the daily direct communication with Quebec which this line will afford as very important to our merchants and traders, feeling peruaded that an active trade will spring up in several branches of business. Importers of heavy goods will also have the advantage of low freights from Britain and the continent of Europe, which can be readily secured in ships coming to Quebec in ballast. This advantage they have hitherto been debarred from, owing to the additional expense which would be incurred by transhipment in Montreal, involving double freight as well as cartage.
Mr. Hamilton has also chartered the American steamers New York and Northerner, which during the past year constituted the American Express Line. These two large and fine steamers will form the Lake Ontario Express Line between Ogdensburgh and Lewiston, calling both ways at Cape Vincent and Toronto. A suitable steamer will run between Kingston and Cape Vincent in connection with this line.
It will be seen that the facilities afforded and the advantages accruing to our citizens will be increased rather than diminished, as compared with last year. There will be a daily line to Quebec, Toronto, and Niagara Falls, and a boat lying in our port a considerable portion of each day - it being intended that the river boat from Quebec and Montreal shall arrive about three o'clock in the afternoon, and leave about four o'clock the following morning, after the arrival of the night express train from Toronto.
We are glad to learn that the Grand Trunk Railway Company and Mr. Hamilton have concluded an arrangement which will put a stop to that extreme and unwise competition which has heretofore prevailed during the season of navigation - a competition which, without benefitting the public, entailed heavy loss on both the railway and steam boat interests. A wise policy has now been adopted; one which, we hope and believe, will be of great advantage to the parties chiefly concerned, as well as to the public. In past years it was the study of the rival interests to keep passengers, without reference to their convenience, from the opposition line; and this was an important consideration when arranging their respective timetables. This will be changed, and coupon tickets will be issued by both parties available for either line, rail or steamboat, between the Falls of Niagara and Quebec. By means of these, a passenger, when it suits his convenience, can leave the steamer and take to the rail, or vice versa, at certain points on the route; and we have no doubt that this, like every arrangement that promotes the safety, convenience, and comfort of travellers, will materially increase the business of the season.
Trade & Navigation - The first arrival at this port was the schooner Mariner from Ogdensburgh, on Tuesday, in ballast.
The first departure was the schooner Neptune, Capt. Gaskin, which, on Tuesday last, proceeded to Gananoque for cargo for Toronto.
The schooner W.H. Merritt, Capt. Smith, left yesterday morning for St. Catherines, where she will take in lumber and staves for Europe.
The propeller Indian was launched from the Marine Railway yesterday, having been on the ways all winter.
Navigation Commenced - Capt. Gaskin's schooner Neptune arrived at this port on Thursday last, and left for Toronto on Sunday morning, loaded with cord-wood. [Gananoque Reporter]
p.3 Imports - 3,4.