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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 April 1851

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As various changes have taken place this season in the location of the several Forwarders and Wharfingers, a concise notice of such establishment may be found useful, and not out of place in this Our Walk."

MCINTOSH'S WHARF.- Mr. Donald McIntosh will do his business on the same wharf that he occupied last year, together with the same storehouse; being a portion of the extensive wharves and warehouses belonging to John Counter, Esq., in the vicinity of the Marine Railway Yard. Mr. McIntosh's is the most westerly of any of the Kingston Forwarding Establishments.

BROWNE'S WHARF, --Messrs. E. Browne & Co. continue to occupy this handsome and capacious wharf, with its fire-proof stone warehouses. It is the regular stopping place of the American Line of Lake and River Steamers; and also, of the Bay of Quinte Steamboats. The Customs Department have a Bonded Warehouse on this wharf, which is perhaps the most commodious for doing business of any in the city. It is also the stopping place of the freight steamers and schooners, owned by or consigned to Messrs. E. Browne & Co. The reported alteration in the route of the American Line of Lake and River Steamers does not take place until after the 15th of May, if then; meanwhile one of the following four superb steamboats, the Ontario, Bay State, Northerner and Cataract, will touch twice every day at this wharf going up at 8 o'clock in the morning; and going down at 2 o'clock in the afternoon.

THE ST. LAWRENCE WHARF, - -This wharf formerly known as "Counter's Wharf," "McLennan's Wharf," &c., &c., has passed this season into the occupation of Mr. Bowen, long time Captain of the steamer Passport, who hence forward will carry on the business of forwarder, Commission Agent, and General Wharfinger.

Mr. Hugh McLennan, the occupant of last year, has removed to Montreal, with the intention of doing a like trade in that city. The St. Lawrence Wharf is the regular stopping place of the Toronto and Hamilton Mail Steamers, whose Kingston Agent Mr. Bowen is. The Customs Department have a Bonded Warehouse on this wharf, which from its central situation, and its immediate vicinity to the Customs House, is always sure of doing a large portion of the Kingston business. In addition to the warehouses on the St. Lawrence Wharf, Mr. Bowen has rented for the present year, the very large storehouses on Garratt's Wharf, together with its water frontage, docks and slips, so that he has ample means to do any amount of forwarding business. Here is lying the new steamer St. Lawrence, Captain Howard, now fitting for the Montreal trade. An infinity of alterations and improvements have been made on board of her; but as this fine vessel is scarcely ready for inspection, we shall pass her by for the present, intending to pay full and faithful attention to her merits at the very earliest opportunity.

HOOKER & HOLTON'S WHARF --The long established firm of Hooker & Holton have this year shifted their Kingston place of doing business, and have leased the wharf once known as "the Rideau Wharf," and recently, as "Fraser's Wharf," at the foot of Clarence Street. This will be the stopping place of two of the River Mail Steamers, the Highlander and Lord Elgin, and also of Messrs. Hooker & Holton's Line of Freight Steamers. The Kingston Agent of this Forwarding House is Mr Elijah Hooker, and his office is on the wharf.

SCOBELL'S WHARF.--Mr. Richard Scobell is making a large addition to his already extensive premises, by carrying his wharf easterly to the full limits of his water lot. The large warehouse on this wharf is used as a general storehouse; and the warehouse in rear is filled with 2000 barrels of pork, the result of one year's packing, which we understand the worthy wharfinger intends to carry himself to an English market.

THE COMMERCIAL WHARF.--This wharf is occupied by the Hon. John Hamilton, and is the stopping place of the Passport, Ottawa and New Era, River and Lake Mail Steamers. The Commercial Wharf is too well known to need further description.

MCPHERSON & CRANE'S WHARF, --This excellent place of business has been long known as "Hooker & Henderson's Wharf," but this season it has come into the possession of Messrs. McPherson & Crane. It is at the foot of Princess Street, directly opposite the Commercial Wharf, and in the very heart of the city, with the largest and most commodious warehouse of any in town. It will be the regular stopping place of McPherson & Crane's "Express Line" of steamers from Montreal to Hamilton, the Champion and the Comet, and also of their Freight Line of Lake Boats. The freight Line of Lake and River Steamers belonging to this Forwarding House is very complete, consisting exclusive of the steamers above mentioned, of the Western Miller, Commerce, and Scotland, all full-sized steamboats, capable of carrying large cargoes, and able to contend against the most stormy weather of the lake. The intention is to despatch a steamer every other day, for Kingston, Toronto and Hamilton, from the Canal Basin, Montreal.

There are several other wharves in Kingston Harbor, besides those we have enumerated, but none doing a Forwarding or General Business, being chiefly occupied as Wood Wharves, and private Warehouses.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 April 1851