The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 30 Mar 1857

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p.2 The Annual Spring Walk - The Through Steamboat Line

-County Court - Donald McIntosh vs John Waddell - cargo of wheat by schooner Mermaid arrived at Kingston; put into barges Doon and Quebec, found to be 58 bushels short.

-Navigation on the Lakes - Detroit, March 25 - boats now reaching Lake Huron without difficulty.

-ad for steamer Sir Charles Napier, Kingston to Cape Vincent, Geo. Creighton, Master.

Spring Walk no. I

The Editor had it in contemplation last season to discontinue for ever and a day these same "Spring Walks," they having been for several years past nothing better than so many puffing vehicles of eulogistic praise, in which the sense of Goldsmith's line -

"Who peppers the highest is easiest to please,"

was reversed; for no man expressed gratitude for the make-mention of self or business; but every man whose littlenesses were omitted to be noticed, attributed the omission to spite, envy, hatred or malice, and resented it accordingly. Thus gaining no friends but making lots of enemies, the Editor came to the conclusion above expressed. But

"The best laid schemes of mice and men oft gang aglee."

And the blundering of the "Leader" in attempting a description of the coming Steamboat Lake Business, in which one word of truth is mixed with nine inaccuracies, (the same blunders copied into the News and Herald,) has forced him to forego the good intention, and for this present year of Our Lord 1857, the "Spring Walk of the British Whig" will be resumed and continued until duly completed. And to make a short commencement today, the great and main Steamboat Line will be curtly described: -

THE THROUGH STEAMBOAT LINE. - This Line will be composed of Seven First Class Steamers, well accustomed to both Lake and River, well appointed, and each commanded by an experienced Captain and Sailing Master, as follows: -The Passport, Capt. Harbottle; the Kingston, Capt. Hamilton; the Banshee, Capt. Howard; the Champion, Capt. Sinclair; the Arabian, Capt. Sclater; the New Era, Capt. Maxwell; and the Magnet, Capt. Twohy. Three of these vessels are of iron, and the other four of wood, not one of the latter being more than six years old. The Passport (iron boat) during the present winter has had all her upper works (wooden) entirely made new, and has been fitted with new boilers. In fact a finer, stronger, or more convenient Line of Steamers can scarcely be imagined. The intention is to make a Daily Line between Montreal and Hamilton, touching at the North Shore Ports both ways: and in the fashionable Summer Travelling season, extending the route to Lewiston and Niagara Falls. This can be well done with six Boats, the seventh being aye in readiness to fill a gap in case of accident or detention from stress or weather. It is intended that the hour of departure from both ends of the route shall be so fixed that no more time will be lost to the man of business, than if he travelled by Rail. And it is also arranged during the period of Fashionable Travel, that the passage through the Thousand Islands and down the Rapids of the St. Lawrence, will be made without change of Steamboat and during the pleasant hours of daylight. As these Steamers will not be burthened with the Way Mail, no detention at the smaller ports will occur, and the whole passage be made in the shortest possible space of time. Such arrangements as these, with such superior vessels, under such excellent command, cannot fail to give satisfaction to the Travelling and Mercantile Community.

The "Leader" says that this line is owned by the Hon. John Hamilton and Mr. Heron of Niagara. Such is not the fact. Who may own the several vessels, is not to the purpose; they are controlled as follows: - The Passport and Kingston by Mr. Hamilton; the Banshee and Champion by Mr. Bowen, of Kingston; the Arabian and New Era by Mr. Heron; and the Magnet, by the Executors of the late Capt. Sutherland. Their interests are one, but they will be managed and superintended by the gentlemen above named, at their several places of abode. Mr. Milloy of Montreal, of the River and Lake Mail Line, will continue his duties as General Montreal Agent of this Through Line.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 30 Mar 1857