p.2 River Steamboats - The Royal Mail Steamers Brockville, Capt. Maxwell, and the Henry Gildersleeve, Capt. Bowen, have commenced their regular trips on the River St. Lawrence, between Kingston and Dickinson's Landing. These two fine vessels are well adapted for this route, both in point of speed and accommodation.
Lake Ontario - All the Lake Steamers have not yet taken their destined places - the City of Toronto and the Princess Royal make four trips a week, between Kingston and Toronto, and the Niagara will be ready in a day or two, which will complete the Mail Line.
Launches - Yesterday afternoon the Marine Railway Co. launched the St. Thomas, the first of a line of Steam Schooners to be fitted with Ericson Propellers, and intended to ply between the Ports on Lake Erie and Montreal. Messrs. McPherson & Crane also launched a small steamboat intended to ply down the St. Lawrence and up the Ottawa and Rideau Canal.
p.3 For Lachine - The steamer ST. DAVID, will leave this Port for Lachine, descending the St. Lawrence, on Monday evening, at 7 o'clock. Application for Passage to be made to the Captain on board, or to H. & S. Jones. Kingston, April 15th, 1842.
TO OWNERS AND MASTERS OF
Toronto, 8th April, 1842
Sealed Tenders will be received at this Office until Tuesday the 3rd of May next at Noon, (after which no Tender will be admitted) from all persons willing to Charter to the Commissariat Department, a SCHOONER for the undermentioned services, viz.:-
The Vessel, which is to be staunch, in good condition, well found and of not less than 140 tons measurement, is to be in readiness at the Port of Toronto by the 1st of July, to receive on board such Indian Present Goods or other stores as may be required by the Commisariat Department to be embarked in her. She is to proceed as soon as loaded, to Amherstburg, where after discharging the portion of her Cargo intended for that Station, she will embark such Stores or Passengers as may be sent on board by the Commissariat Department, and proceed without delay to Penetanguishene, where she must arrive, wind and weather permitting, by the 18th of July. She will receive on board at Penetanguishene such further quantities of Stores, Cattle, and Passengers, as she may be required by the Commissariat Department at that place to embark for Manitoulin, to which port she must immediately proceed, so as to arrive about the 28th of July. From that day until the 10th of August following, the vessel will remain at Manitoulin, subject to orders, if required to do so.
The Surplus Stores and Passengers are to be re-embarked at Manitoulin, and after being landed at Penetanguishene, the contract will terminate.
Should the vessel be detained by weather so as not to arrive at Manitoulin till after the time specified, she must still wait 10 days, if required to do so, without charge for Demurrage.
During the period the Vessel shall be in the employment of Government - the Cabin, Cooking utensils, and other conveniences of the vessel are to be at the disposal of the Officers and Party proceeding in her, and no Passengers nor Stores are to be embarked without the permission of the Senior Officer of the Commissariat or Indian Department.
Tenders to specify the sum required for the Voyage, and Payment will be made upon the production of a certificate from the Senior Commissariat Officer at Penetanguishene that the Contract has been properly performed.
Two Sureties will be required for the fulfilment of the Contract.