(continued from last Chronicle)
Bay of Quinte Steamers - The Albion, Capt. Johnston - Kingston, Capt. Allward and the Sir James Kempt, will, it is said, ply on the Bay this ensuing season. The inhabitants of the Bay complain that the boats leave Kingston at an inconvenient hour, and that they are detained in Town two nights and a day when they have only half an hour's business to do at the Bank, - we have no doubt but the committees of the different boats will do what they can to remedy this complaint.
We have attempted, at some labour, to ascertain as nearly as the want of any registry for sailing vessels would enable us, the number of vessels owned in Kingston, - they are 28 in number, and may be estimated at £42,000. There are 14 steam boats, value £100,000. The Ottawa Company have ll steamers, and there are 120 barges and batteaux owned by them and the different Forwarding Companies, which cost at least £90,000 making the sum of £232,000, employed to the trade of Lake Ontario; nearly altogether owned in Kingston. As vessels are not registered in this Province, it is impossible to come at their tonnage; they are manned by 1220 officers and men. It must appear extraordinary that this property, of so much value, and there is a great deal more of the same description owned in the Province, should have no legislative enactment in force at all adapted to maritime affairs. An opinion is held by some of our Jurists, - that the Navigation Laws of England are in force in this country; if that opinion be correct, it is a pity it is not acted upon, as far at least as that none but British subjects should command British vessels, and that vessels can only import into any British Colony or possession, the growth and produce of the country to which the vessel belongs. For example, an American vessel could not bring into any Canadian port, Canadian lumber of any description, nor the wines nor the coffee of any foreign state, nor the one hundred articles they are constantly bringing into the country to the prejudice of British shipping.
p.3 St. Lawrence Canal - Engineer's report from the St. Lawrence Canal Office in Cornwall, dated December 1st, 1839 (over a full column).