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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 May 1855

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p.2 -revenue of port of Toronto for first quarter.

- Imports - 9.

Spring Walk no. VI


Some time has elapsed since No. 5 of this "Annual Spring Walk" was published, for desirous of being minutely correct in the particulars of No. 6 a longer interval than usual has occurred. The public however are the gainers, for they can depend upon the correctness of everything now stated.

THE RIVER MAIL LINE. - This is composed of five boats, four in action, and one in reserve. The four now running are the Banshee, Capt. Howard, St. Lawrence, Capt. Malcomson, Ottawa, Capt. Kelly, and New Era, Capt. P. S. Crysler. The fifth is Mr. Hamilton's new Iron Steamer, Capt. Clark Hamilton, nearly ready at Montreal, shortly to displace the Ottawa. She is said to be a remarkably fine vessel, fully equal to the Passport. The Banshee, which has now made two trips, has fully realized expectations. She is greatly admired, and some of the Montreal papers speak volumes in her praise. Hear what the Montreal Gazette says about her: - "We have already announced the arrival of this new steamboat, and now we give some particulars in relation to her. She was built at Kingston, and is intended to form a portion of the Royal Mail Line, between this port and Kingston. She is as long as the canals can accommodate. Her length of keel is 176 feet, beam 27 feet, saloon 140 feet, hold 9 feet 3 inches. Engine 90 horse, built at the Kingston Foundry. She can accommodate 400 steerage and 150 cabin passengers, and the comfort of both, we are sure, will be well provided for by Capt. Howard, who has been for many years on the river, and is well-known. The Banshee has upper decks, and is built in something after the style of the Passport. She sits gracefully upon the water, and impresses the beholder pleasingly. Entering, we find everything roomy. The ladies' cabin is fitted up with state rooms exclusively for sleeping, and this is an improvement. The upper saloon is nearly the whole length of the boat, and makes a very nice promenade. Besides there is a nice promenade on the upper deck. The decorations are not quite finished, but we have enough to show what their character will be. The prevailing colour of the painting is white relieved by gold. The windows, we understand, are to be all of stained glass but only part are of this material at present. There is no gaudy ornament, but we are better pleased on that account. Everything seems to be designed to promote comfort, and especially is this observable in the spacious and ingeniously ventilated state rooms. We understand she sails fast." Capt. Howard has great reason to be proud of the fine steamer he commands. These vessels now leave Kingston every morning at five o'clock, or immediately after the arrival of the Lake Boats; but in all probability the arrangement of last year will recur again, viz. for the River Boats to leave the previous evening for Gananoque, stop all night at that port, and next morning receive on board the Mails and Passengers of the Lake Steamers. By which a couple of hours time is gained, and the boats are enabled to get their wood much cheaper than at Kingston.

THE LAKE MAIL STEAMERS. - There, this season, are the three good and safe old steamers, the Magnet, Passport and Arabian; the first commanded by the veteran Capt. Twohy, the second by Capt. Harbottle, and the third by the Commodore of Lake Ontario, Capt. Colcleugh. We say old, though the Arabian is quite a new vessel, and the others are of iron, ever new. But old is an old unfashioned word, and like an old friend, or a bottle of old wine, conveys a pleasant meaning. Three finer or better fitted steamers can't be found in British North American waters. Steady as clock work they do their work to a minute, and no accident has befallen them since they were placed on the route. They leave Kingston every afternoon at three o'clock, or immediately after the arrival of the River Mail Boats.

THE BAY OF QUINTE STEAMERS. - The business on the Bay proper will be done this season by two steamers only, the Bay of Quinte, Capt Carrell, and the City of the BaY, Capt. Munro. The former

(continues about Bay of Quinte)


THE CAPE VINCENT LINE. - Two vessels also will do this business: the fine large steamer, Sir Charles Napier commanded by Capt. George W. Creighton, and the old favorite of the Bay, the Novelty, Capt. Murray. But for the present, and until Wolfe Island Canal is completed, (expected to be so early in July) the Sir Charles Napier alone will do the work, making two trips each day, leaving Kingston every morning and afternoon, and carrying the Mail. Her depot is the United States Wharf. The Novelty, said to have been bought of Capt. Bonter by Messrs. A & D. Shaw, will as a matter of course, be found at Shaw's Wharf. We are not positively sure that the Novelty will not run to the Cape until the Canal is finished, though that is said to be the arrangement.

THE RIDEAU CANAL AND OTTAWA LINE. - At last there is a Daily Boat on this route. The Line is composed of the Beaver, Capt. McLaughlin, the Prince of Wales, Capt. Jones, and the Fire Fly, Capt. Kain. The first named leaves on Mondays and Thursdays, the second on Tuesdays and Fridays, and the third on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The Fire Fly is a small iron boat that does an acquisition to the trade. These boats use various wharves, but that from whence they take their last departure is the Atlantic Wharf.

THE UNITED STATES LINE. - As usual these large Steamers are in motion and have been so for many days. They come to the United States Wharf as before. They comprize the Ontario, Capt. Throop, Niagara, Capt Eggleston, Cataract, Capt. Estus, and Northerner, Admiral Childs. We say Admiral Childs, for though Capt. Coleleugh be the Commodore of Lake Ontario, Capt. Childs is its Admiral, having commanded a Steamer for upwards of Twenty years. One of these vessels leaves Kingston for Sacketts, Oswego, Rochester and Lewiston every morning at 8 o'clock; and another leaves Kingston every afternoon at two o'clock, for French Creek and Ogdensburgh; Sundays excepted. The Northerner is not yet on the route, the Bay State, Capt. Ledyard, taking her place in the Mail Line; but after the 14th of June, when the Express Line is formed between Ogdensburgh and Lewiston, comprising the Bay State and the New York, Capt. Chapman, the Northerner will come on, being now busily engaging in shipping a new cylinder. The River Boats in connection with these Lake Steamers are the Jenny Lind, British Empire, and Lord Elgin, recently purchased in place of the old British Queen.

THE FREIGHT STEAMERS. - These are very many and cannot be enumerated here. There are no less than Three Daily Lines, those of Holcomb & Henderson, Hooker & Pridham, and H. & S. Jones. One vessel from each of the aforementioned Forwarding Firms should arrive and depart each day, but Freight Steamers are not so regular as Passage vessels, and there is much irregularity in their coming and going. Of transient and independent vessels, there is no end to the list, and we shall not attempt an enumeration. One Line by a Kingston Forwarder, (Donald Macintosh) must not pass unnoticed. The large and powerful Princess Victoria, with her string of four 1st Class Barges, makes a fortnightly trip between Kingston and Quebec, as regularly as the moon changes.

THE TUG LINE. - Lastly but not least is the Tug Line, the contract for which has been taken again by Mr. Calvin, of Garden Island. He has engaged a whole host of Powerful Tugs to do the heavy business required of them daily, but those stationed at Kingston to tug vessels above Prescott are the following, viz.: Gildersleeve, William the Fourth and another. The Tug Line Office at present is at Iron's Hotel, but the Depot is at Garden Island.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 May 1855