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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Apr 1861

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p.2 The Towing on the Welland Canal - the politics involved.

Enlargement of The Harbor - It has been proposed by the enterprising gentleman who presides over our civic destinies (Mayor Gildersleeve - ed.) to build a new bridge from Pickerel Point on Dr. Barker's Farm, across Bell's Island, to a corner of the marsh on the McLean estate. By the removal of three-fourths of the old bridge, and the deposit of the debris on the one-eighth parts at the ends, two breakwaters would be formed that would impart a security to the harbor thus created, unequalled by any in Upper or Lower Canada. The area of such an addition to the anchorage ground would be 250 acres, of a mean depth of fifteen feet, in any part of which a grain laden vessel could discharge her cargo into barges, unimpeded by the fury of the most violent storm. (part) [News] with additional comment by Whig.

The Canadian Boat Song.

First Arrival From Kingston - The well known steamer Bowmanville, of Messrs. Perry & Black's Beaver Line, arrived in Toronto on Thursday, from Kingston. Capt. Smith reports the ice in Kingston Bay very hard and difficult to get through, but thinks by Sunday it will be clear. The Bowmanville looks in capital order, and quite ready to do a long season's business, which, from her owner's well known popularity we are sure she will obtain. [Globe]

* The harbor has been quite clear for a day or two, and now there is not a vestige of ice to be seen.


First on the list - for we shall take them in the same order in which we visited them - is M.K. Dickinson, 45 Common Street. His forwarding arrangements for 1861 appear to be both large and complete; his Stock being composed of twelve Steamers and forty-five Barges, forming Freight lines between all points on the Rideau and Ottawa routes, to Montreal and Lake Champlain; and between Kingston and Quebec.

He will have also two Passage and Freight Steamers, making four trips weekly from Ottawa City to Kingston, and vice-versa.

From the above statement it is evident that Mr. Dickinson has uncommon means at command for the transportation both of goods and passengers; and we feel assured that he will take a very large proportion of the vast forwarding business to be done this season.

Black and Perry, Beaver Freight Line, 59 Common Street, stand next upon our list. They have purchased the steamers belonging to the Estate of Mr. H. Jones and Co., and will be prepared, on the opening of navigation, to undertake the transportation of merchandize and produce, between Montreal and Western Ports, with despatch, and at reasonable rates, by the five following first class steamers and Propellers, namely, the Bowmanville, which has already won for itself such an enviable reputation for speed and regularity. The Ranger; the propeller Whitby; and the Oshawa; in addition to which this firm are agents for the propeller Magnet.

Mr. Black has for several years been the managing partner in this city, both of the late firm of H. Jones and Co., and that of Jones, Black and Co. Mr. Perry too has for many years been favorably known in connection with the steamer Bowmanville. In point of certainty and despatch between here and Toronto and Hamilton, their steamers compare favorably with the railway, while the cost of cartage from their wharf at Toronto is, we believe, considerably less.

Glassford, Jones & Co., No. 60 Canal wharf, on looking round whose establishment we noticed a large number of men employed, such as painters, ship carpenters, caulkers, etc., all busily at work for the above firm, urging on the work of preparation for doing a large carrying business during the present season. They appeared - and indeed so we understood - to be getting all their craft put into thorough repair. On the opening of the Navigation, their boats will be chiefly employed between Kingston and Montreal; still the firm will have a line running between Kingston, Quebec, and Lake Champlain. We may state that the capacity of their craft, each round trip, is 200,000 bushels of grain.

Henderson, Holcomb & Co. - whose agents in Hamilton are A.E.D. McKay; in Chicago, Wm. Falconer; and in Milwaukie, William Young - have three lines of steamers, viz: - The Lake Ontario, the Lake Erie, and the River St. Lawrence Lines. On the first of these have the five following steamers, the Wellington, the Hercules, the West, the Brantford and Mayflower, and on the Lake Erie Line, the steamer George Moffatt. In addition, they have on the River St. Lawrence Line, besides a floating Elevator at Kingston, sixteen first class barges, with a carrying capacity of 200,000 bushels of Grain.

The next we visited was Jacques, Tracy & Co's Freight Line - This line will consist of the steamers Huron, Ottawa, Colonist, Indian and Alps. The whole are being put in thorough and efficient order for the season's business and will be in charge of able and experienced officers. The Ottawa, so favourably known to the trade, is now being rebuilt in Tate's drydock, and will be in every respect one of the best adapted boats for the business on the route. It is, we understand, the intention of the proprietors, that the steamer Huron shall, as last year, leave here on Thursday, and the steamer Ottawa on Friday evening of each week; the other boats of the line starting on the intermediate days, thus securing prompt and certain despatch at each end of the route. This arrangement, we think, should strongly recommend itself to merchants and others. We learn that every possible effort is being made to start the four boats of this line, now at Kingston, by the 10th inst.

This completes the forwarding firms on Common Street, but there yet remains the establishment of Mr. George Smith, No. 2 Grey Nun Street. Belonging to him will be the new steamer Gem, now building, we believe, at Mr. Cantin's yard, and to run between Montreal and Lake Champlain; likewise the steamer Aid, between Montreal and Ottawa; added to which are sixteen first class barges engaged in the lumber carrying trade between Ottawa and ports on Lake Champlain.

(*This is probably the article from Montreal Transcript referred to in April 12th Whig.)

p.3 First Arrival in the Welland Canal - On Wednesday, the schooner Exchange arrived in the Welland Canal, from some port near Oswego.

The Fanny Gardner - salvage continues on this brig.

Imports - 11,12.

-steamer Huron arrives from Kingston, to load. [Globe]

Cleared - 3 schooners from Buffalo. [Buffalo Com. Adv. 8th]

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Apr 1861