The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Weekly British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 May 1856

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p.2 No Mail Yesterday from Toronto - Yesterday morning the steamer Passport passed down to Brockville and Prescott and did not land her mail, whereby we poor Kingstonians were deprived of the pleasure of reading the Toronto papers of Wednesday. Had this thing been done by any of the small mail contractors, the Post Office Authorities would take good care to see that a proper fine was imposed to punish the very shameful negligence; but as the Hon. John Hamilton, a member of the Legislature, is the mail contractor, of course, the negligence will be excused as an error.

p.3 Imports - April 30th - Str. St. Lawrence, Ogdensburgh, (gen. cargo).

May 1st - Str. Napier, Cape Vincent, (gen. cargo).

Lake Freights - The Chicago Press, of the 23rd, says rates of freight are yet unsettled. Vessels are still held at something above the views of shippers and no charters have transpired. Talk runs about 10 to 11 cents for corn, and 11 to 12 1/2 cents for wheat to Buffalo, at which we place our quotations, though they must at present be considered only nominal. To Oswego there is rather more disposition to contract at stipulated rates, owing to impression that no longer time will be consumed in a voyage to that port than to Buffalo owing to ice which may reasonably be expected at the lower end of Lake Erie. The schooner Bemas was this morning taken for corn to Oswego at 16 cents, cargo to go on board immediately. From the Straits we have no further news but advices received today from Green Bay report the disappearance of the ice there, and vessels can now probably make all the ports without difficulty.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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Weekly British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 May 1856