The "Walk" for 1857 would have been ended long ere this, had not a desire existed to see the Through Mail Line of River and Lake Steamers in full operation ere the Sixth and Last Number was written. The slight accident to the Passport has retarded this desideratum; but as that fine vessel will be ready to take her place in the Line some time this week, it is needless to delay the finish any longer.
The Through Line consists of Six Steamers, with a reserve of a seventh (the New Era) The Banshee, Champion, and New Era having been duly noticed, it only remains to make mention of the others. Mr. Hamilton's two steamers, the Kingston and Passport, are both Iron Boats, modelled in England and put up in Canada. The Kingston is almost a new vessel, exceedingly swift and an excellent sea boat. She stood the heavy gales of 1855 and 1856 as bravely as any boat on the lake. This year she is commanded by Captain Kelley, formerly of the Ottawa, a very gentlemanly young man and a general favorite with the travelling community. The Passport has undergone almost an entire refit during the past winter. Being of iron she needs no new bottom; but her boilers, her top-sides, her decks and upper works are quite new. She is as perfect now as when originally built; and but for the slight accident of Saturday last, would have been ere this on her daily work. Captain Harbottle commands her, than whom a better seaman and more skillful pilot does not sail on Lake or River. The Magnet and the Arabian, the remaining vessels of the Line, are those in which the lamented Capt. Sutherland and Mr. Heron had a joint interest. They have both been put in the most complete order at Hamilton and Niagara, and are performing their weekly trips with much punctuality. Capt. Twohy, the veteran Commodore of the Lake, commands the Magnet, a most experienced navigator; and Capt. Maxwell, formerly of the New Era, sails the Arabian. Capt. Maxwell is known to nautical men, as the first explorer of the North Channel of the Long Sault Rapids, a feat in its day pronounced the most noted of its kind. The Passport and the Kingston arrive at and depart from the Commercial Wharf, and their Business is done at Mr. Hamilton's Office. The Champion and Banshee use the St. Lawrence Wharf, and their business is done at Mr. Bowen's Office. The Magnet and Arabian also use the St. Lawrence Wharf; but Mr. William Craig is their Kingston Agent. Mr. Charles Hatch, late of the International Telegraph Company, is the Ticket Agent, and sells for all the Boats. His Office is on the St. Lawrence Wharf. We repeat that this Through Line of Lake and River Steamboats is about as complete and effective as any Steamboat Line extant. Since it has been in partial operation, despite the great attraction of the Grand Trunk Railroad, it has done and is doing a good business; having had occasionally on the Down Trip, as many as One Hundred Cabin Passengers.
THE AMERICAN LINE OF LAKE AND RIVER STEAMERS.--This long established and favorite Line of Steamboats continues to do the same business, pretty much in the same manner as of yore. The Line consists of Nine Vessels, subdivided into three separate Lines. The River Line between Ogdensburgh and Montreal, has the Jenny Lind , Capt. Moody; the British Queen, Capt. Laflamme; and the Lord Elgin, Capt. Allen; all good vessels and well adapted to their business. The Express Line, between Ogdensburgh and Lewiston, direct, touching at Cape Vincent, is composed of the Northerner, Capt. Childs; and the New York, Capt Chapman.--These two are the largest and the finest steamers afloat of Lake Ontario. The Third Line, the only one that visits Kingston, comprises the Ontario, Capt. Throop; the Bay State, Capt. Ledyard; the Cataract, Capt. Esten; and the Niagara, Capt. Palmer. These fine Steamers and their Commanders are all well known and appreciated, and from us require no eulogy.--One of them comes down the lake every day at two o'clock p.m. and one goes up the lake every morning at half-past seven o'clock. They all stop at the United States Wharf (Kinghorn's). Capt. Van Cleve of Lewiston, is their General Manager; but Mr. T. J. Angell is their Kingston Agent. His Office is on the United States Wharf.
HOLCOMB & HENDERSON FORWARDERS.--This extensive Firm, with Branches all over Canada, (successors to McPherson & Crane) continue to do their Kingston business at their own Wharf, foot of Clarence St.,; below their Office in the same Street. Their Through Line of Freight steamers is composed of the following fine vessels, viz. The Huron, Capt. Cuming; Reindeer, Capt. G. Patterson; George Moffatt, Capt. Mitchell; Scotland, Capt. E. Patterson; Colonist, Capt. McGrath; Brantford, Capt. Davis; and Western Miller, Capt. Ryan. All the above Steamers (Scotland excepted) wintered at Kingston, and have all had a most expensive outfit. The Colonist which lay on the beach of the Dock Yard all the winter, was early taken off and placed on the Marine Railway for examination; but was found no injured in the slightest degree, although she was driven ashore in one of the severe gales of last Fall. One Weekly Round of these Steamers will take to market 21,500 barrels of flour, and bring back goods and merchandize in proportion! This Firm also employ two Schooners of their own, the Premier, Capt. McIllraine; and the California, Capt. Davis; besides occasionally chartering many others.--Messrs H. & H. recently disposed of their crack schooner, the Governor, to Capt. Taylor, who in repairing her this season found all her timbers as sound as when originally built. She has been particularly well attended to, and looks "better as new." Messrs. H. & H. have a powerful Tug steamer on the St. Lawrence to tow their fleet of large Barges; and from their ample means and good arrangements, anticipate doing a very large business this season. Mr. Falconer is their Kingston Agent.
HOPE'S PENITENTIARY WHOLESALE BOOT AND SHOE STORE.--The greatest variety of Boots, Shoes, Slippers, &c., (over One Hundred specimens) ever on view in this City, can be seen (and purchased) at the above House. Recent arrivals have augmented Mr. Hope's Stock to such a degree that, on looking over his "Varieties" one would suppose that all Canada might be supplied for six months to come from the piles of Stock exhibited. But Mr. Hope's Wholesale dealings are so many and so extended, and accomplished on so favourable terms to the buyer, and his Retail Sales so great, that over twenty times the quantity on hand will be disposed of and replaced in that time. His stock consists of homemade, French, German, Canadian and American manufactures, some of the fine work, particularly the French, being of the neatest and most fanciful description. Embroidered Bronze Slippers, Satin Boots and Slippers of all colors, Children's French Imperial Socks, Ladies Red Boots, Gentlemen's Boots, Shoes and Slippers of every possible make, including the famous and elegant "Balmoral," are among the most inviting. A large supply of Cricketers Shoes, Buck and Canvass, are being prepared and from the samples on hand are of superior quality. Altogether, this is a greater Establishment than people dream of.
MR. SAVAGE'S PAINT MILL.--This Paint Manufactory, at the head of Brock St., is a Kingston novelty of the past year. Here is erected a Paint Mill at which every kind of Paint is ground and made fit for the Painters' use. Such an establishment has long been needed in Kingston, and the City owes something to Mr. Savage's enterprise (aided by E. W. Palmer) in providing for the mechanics of that branch of business so great a convenience. Here everything connected with the Painter's art and calling can be had at first prices. There was, until very lately, a retail store down town connected with the Paint Mill; but, the demands upon Mr. Savage's time at the Mill were so heavy, in consequence of the good business he is doing, that he was obliged to close his store and compel his numerous customers to go up to the Mill.
MR. WADDELL'S PLANING MACHINE AND SASH FACTORY.--It was but recently that the British Whig had to tell of the sad destruction by fire of Alderman Waddell's Planing Establishment in Division St., just as he had completed it by the introduction from the United States of a most capital machine and engine. It is misfortune that tries men's energies. Not daunted by his losses, although he lost almost everything, Mr. Waddell set himself to work with a will. He procured more convenient and larger premises at the top of Princess St., set about erected another and large Factory, which is half put up, and by the latter end of June expects to have the whole in complete operation. May he succeed--for enterprising men deserve success.
MESSRS. D. & M. O'GORMAN'S BOAT BUILDING ESTABLISHMENT.--A walk over the Cataraqui Bridge to Green Bay, under Barriefield Hill, will repay the visitor with the view of two of the best Skiff and Boat Building Establishments in Canada. That of the Brothers O'Gorman is the largest. In it are many men and boys constantly at work; and the many boats annually turned out of hand and sold would be surprising, were it not known, that Messrs. O'Gorman have the whole Province and part of the States, for their customers. They generally have on hand a dozen small vessels of all sizes and kinds; so that the most fastidious customer can be suited. Mr. D. O'Gorman has taken several Premiums at the Provincial Exhibitions.
The other Boat Building Establishment is alongside that of the Messrs. O'Gorman, carried on by Messrs. William and James Knapp, sons of the celebrated builder of skiffs. Messrs. Knapp's boats are noted all over Canada for their extreme lightness, elegance and durability.
So ends the Spring Walk for 1857.