The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 27, 1849

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p.2 Barriefield Regatta - It has been determined that this long procrastinated affair will come off on Thursday next, Nov. 1st, provided the weather be fair. The list of Prizes and Premiums will appear immediately.

Port of Kingston.

Oct. 25th - Str. Ontario, Ogdensburgh, no cargo.

Str. Cataract, Lewiston, gen. cargo.

Oct. 26th - Schr. Royal Susan, Oswego, 30 salmon from (Pidgeon Island,) John Lambert.


The public is every now and then painfully reminded by some unfortunate incident, of the insecurity and incompleteness of the Lake Ontario link of our extensive chain of inland navigation. The last incident of this kind is the wreck of the Propeller Beagle, at Port Hope. Twelve months have not elapsed since the public feeling was shocked by the loss of three or four lives on board the Schooner Canada, which was wrecked on Gull Island. The cause of these disasters is to be found in the circumstances that there is no harbor of refuge between this city and Kingston - a distance of 180 miles. On the American side there is no less than three harbours capable of affording shelter to vessels in a storm, in the same distance. Some inadequate and ill-judged attempts have been made by former Governments to construct something like harbors along the shore, but from various causes, the most potent of which was the mistaken selection of locations, these attempts have failed to supply the great desideratum - a harbor of refuge. Until this be remedied our splendid line of navigation from the Atlantic to the far West must be considered incomplete, and the continued existence of the present insecurity, particularly at certain seasons of the year, will militate against our chances of success in the competition of the American channels that we are compelled to struggle against. We believe that all practical and scientific men are agreed that nature has fortunately made one place, but one only, between this city and Kingston, where a secure harbor of refuge can be made, and that is Port Hope. We know not what the Harbor Company there are about, but it appears that they have violated the conditions of the Act of Incorporation, and also the conditions of the private grant made for the purpose of a harbor; and we have no idea that they will ever be able to comply with those conditions. In the present state of the Provincial finances it may be altogether out of the power of Government to take in hand and complete this work, and we can only hope for better times. If when our finances become more flourishing or we should be more successful when we again enter the English markets as borrowers, it should be deemed expedient to undertake this as a provincial work, to render the navigation complete, it is not supposed there will be any difficulty in extinguishing the rights of the Company, which are doubtless forfeited by their non-conformity with the legal conditions of their existence, and on which they held whatever rights they possessed. Nous Verrons. [Examiner]

It is supposed that a small Canadian schooner called the Adventure foundered a few days since on Lake Erie, carrying down three persons who were on board. The Adventure and the S.B. Ruggles were near each other off Grand River, both wore ship at the same time, and both were standing on the same tack. Fifteen minutes after this the Adventure was no where to be seen, and it is feared that she foundered. [American paper]


The Dart has arrived at Kingston, and will be ready on Tuesday, for the race as announced in a former number of the British Whig.


Kingston, 25th Oct., 1849.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 27, 1849