The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Sep 1856

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p.2 A Second Letter From the City of Ottawa - much information on the Chatts Rapids and the intended Chatts Canal.

The Broom At the Mast Head of the New York - a letter saying that steamers Canada and America could beat her.

Mr. G.H. Wyatt, prompt, and enterprising, has engaged the steamer Mayflower to run from Toronto to Kingston during the Show week. She is a safe, comfortable boat, and will be a welcome addition to the means of locomotion during the time which tries the souls of captains and crews.

The Welland - It is only a few days since we announced the disastrous fate of the handsome and swift-running steamer Welland. We have now much satisfaction in learning that the St. Catharines people with a zeal and energy extremely creditable to them as a community, have already supplied her place in a most satisfactory manner. The very day of the fire, we understand Captain Donaldson was despatched to Montreal in order to examine a vessel which it was understood was there for sale. Negotiations were rapidly proceeded with; the telegraph flashed messages to and fro; the money was forthcoming, and St. Catharines speedily became the owner of the Blue Bonnet, a vessel in every way worthy to take the place of the late Welland. She is fitted up in a very handsome style, is only a few months old, and has a splendid saloon on her upper deck, extending her whole length, and richly decorated with stained glass. She is a fast boat also, having made the run from Cobourg to the Port in six hours, notwithstanding some difficulties on account of fuel. She commenced her trips on Monday, between Port Dalhousie and this city. Captain Donaldson, one of the most popular commanders on the Lake, has the command of her, and we find that the Blue Bonnet has been changed to the Welland. St. Catharines must have a good deal of the true Canadian go-ahead spirit in her, or she would not have rallied so well after sustaining a dead loss of 10,000 pounds. We beg to call the attention of our large towns and cities to her extraordinary public spirit.

Steamboat Connections - An important addition has been made within the last few days to our steamboat connections. The American Express and Mail Line of steamers hitherto plying along the south shore of Lake Ontario, intend hereafter calling at this port. The line is composed of six fine steamers, the Niagara, Bay State, Cataract, New York, Northerner and Ontario. The Mail line, en route from Ogdensburg to Lewiston, calls here every morning at 6 o'clock, and leaves at 8. The Express line from Lewiston to Ogdensburg, will run in at this port in the afternoon, arriving at 3 o'clock and leaving at 4. They run directly from this port to Cape Vincent, and call at Kingston and Brockville. They are to lie at Upton & Browne's wharf. [Colonist]

Imports - Sept. 15th - Str. St. Lawrence, Montreal, (gen. cargo).

Str. Scotland, Montreal, (gen. cargo).

Str. New Era, Montreal, (gen. cargo).

Str. New York, Oswego, (gen. cargo).

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Sep 1856