p.2 Abolition of Canal Tolls - By proclamation in the Canada Gazette all tolls are abolished on the St. Lawrence, Rideau, Carillon and Grenville Canals, Saint Ann's Lock and the Burlington Bay Canal. Vessels and goods, whether in Canadian or American vessels, will hereafter pass free, up and down.
On the Welland Canal the present tolls will continue to be exacted; but of the tolls so paid 90 % will be refunded whenever the vessels and goods on which they have been levied shall enter the St. Lawrence Canals, or report inwards, and enter the goods at any Canadian port on Lake Ontario or on the St. Lawrence. Bonds to be given that such goods are bona fide for consumption in Canada, or to be shipped via the St. Lawrence.
Upward bound vessels, if hailing from a Canadian port, or coming up through the St. Lawrence Canals, will pay only ten per cent of the present tariff, on furnishing satisfactory evidence of the facts.
The Harbor Commissioners of Montreal have officially announced that an order in Council will be shortly issued abolishing the tonnage on vessels passing and repassing Lake St. Peter, and that the tonnage duties collected subsequent to the 19th May, from which date the order is to take effect, will be refunded.
A Steamer Launched - Prince of Wales launched at Montreal, to take place of Lady Simpson between Montreal and Carillon.
schooner in harbor with Ohio stone for Parliament buildings.
p.3 Marine Intelligence
The propellers Sun and Kenosha have withdrawn from the Chicago and Collingwood Line, the business of the route being insufficient to furnish employment for the number of boats engaged. The Sun and Kenosha are now "running wild." They both cleared for Buffalo today. [Milwaukee Sentinel, 26th]
The schooner White Cloud, Capt. McTaggart, sailed for Providence, R.I., by way of the Welland Canal and St. Lawrence, last Tuesday. She took a cargo of pine lumber, some laths and pickets, a sample of Green Bay shingles, and a package of Green Bay maple sugar, in all pretty finely representing the forest products of this region. [Green Bay Advocate, 24th]
During the terrific thunderstorm of Friday night the schooner Hannah, Capt. Chisholm, was struck by lightning when about forty miles below this port. The Captain states that while standing beside the man at the wheel he saw what appeared to be a ball of fire as large as a man's head strike the maintopmast and descend amid deafening thunder to the deck. He and his crew were partially stunned by the shock, but soon recovered themselves entirely, except one sailor, who for hours experienced a dumb sensation in his legs. On looking aloft, when the heavens were lit up by the lightning's glare, the captain discovered the maintopmast shattered, broken off, and hanging by the rigging. Further examination led to the discovery that the electric current had passed down the main mast, splitting in the centre, above the deck. On reaching the deck it left the mast, but did no further damage than tearing several holes in the planking. [Port Hope Guide]
The Hannah is owned by Mr. T.W. Fenwick of this city.