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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), June 24, 1843

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p.2 The Canada Company - a list of common questions asked by settlers:

Query No. 20 - Cost of Transportation by the Navigable Waters to the Company settlements.

Answer - The cost of conveyance by Steam-boats varies slightly each year, but the following rates of Passage will be found sufficiently correct:

From Montreal to Toronto, Cabin £3 10s.; Steerage, £1 10s.

From Montreal to Hamilton, Cabin £3 15s.; Steerage, £1 12. 6d.

From Toronto to Hamilton, Cabin 5s.; Steerage, 2s. 6d.

From Kingston to Toronto, Cabin £1 5s.; Steerage 10s.

From Rochester to Toronto, Cabin £1; Steerage 10s.

From Lewiston to Toronto, Cabin 10s.; Steerage 5s.

Query No. 21 - Communication with the United States.

Answer - Steamers ply daily from Lewiston, Queenston, and Niagara, to Toronto and Hamilton, distance 40 miles. There are two Steamers plying three times a week from Rochester to Toronto, Kingston and Hamilton. The Kent Steamer leaves Buffalo every Monday and Thursday for Port Stanley, opening an easy, cheap and quick communication with the London, Huron, Western, Talbot, Brock, and Gore Districts. The Waterloo Steamer plies between Buffalo and Chippewa, from whence there is a Railway to Queenston. The Steamer Brothers, Capt. Eberts, in connection with a daily line of Stages from London, leaves Chatham, in the Western District, for Detroit and Amherstburgh, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning - returning the alternate days, at 7 o'clock A.M.

p.3 The facilities for travel and the transport of goods have never before been so great as during the present season. The greater part of the down freight, and nearly all the up freight, between Kingston and Montreal, is carried by small steamers running down the St. Lawrence, and up the Rideau and Ottawa Canals. These steamers bring up all the Emigrants destined for Canada West, who generally arrive here in two days and a half from Montreal, instead of two weeks, as was sometimes the case, formerly. The Royal Mail steamers Canada, and H. Gildersleeve, and the Brockville, ply on the river route between Kingston and Dickinson's Landing, by which conveyance passengers reach Montreal in twenty-two hours from Kingston, and Kingston in twenty-four hours from Montreal. In consequence of the Brockville running in opposition to the two former steamers, the fare has been reduced about three fourths - Cabin fare to the landing, 5s., Deck 2s. 6d. There are now 3 steamers on the Bay of Quinte route, and four British on the Lake between Kingston and the upper ports on this side of Ontario - besides six or seven American steamers plying between Ogdensburgh, French Creek, Kingston, Sackett's Harbor, Oswego, Rochester, Toronto, Niagara and Lewiston. There are three steamers, the Admiral, Gore and Sir Charles, on the route between Toronto and Hamilton - fare 1s. 3d. Cabin, 7 1/2 d. Deck. Capt. Richardson's two beautiful steamers, the Queen Victoria and Chief Justice Robinson, leave Queenston, Lewiston, Niagara, and Toronto, daily - fare reduced to 7s. 6d. Cabin, 3s. 9d. Deck. This reduction has taken place in consequence of the American steamers touching daily at Toronto on their way up and down. The new steamer America plies twice a week between Toronto, Rochester, Cobourg etc. There is considerable opposition between the American steamers, as we are informed that passengers have been carried from Kingston to Rochester for 1s. 3d. The Erie and Ontario Railroad is now in full operation between Queenston and Chippewa, between which port and Buffalo the steamer Waterloo plies daily, passing Navy Island, Grand Island, and the beautiful scenery on the Niagara River above the Falls. The fare from Queenston to Buffalo by this route is only 3s. 9d., - and the same on the American side by Horse-coaches and Railway cars.

The steamer Quebec, Captain Meyers, which left Kingston on Friday morning last, at 10 o'clock, arrived at Montreal on Saturday, proceeded up the Chambly River, which place she left yesterday, arrived here this afternoon with barges Devon and Argyle in tow, both deeply laden with flour.

The Quebec is owned by the Quebec Forwarding Company, and is the first steamer at this port direct from Kingston. [Quebec Gazette]


The Steamer


J.M.G. Chambers, Master.

Will ply on the Bay of Quinte for the remainder of the Season, as follows:


Will leave Hooker, Henderson & Co.'s Wharf, Kingston, every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday afternoon, at 5 o'clock, arriving at Picton same evening. Will leave Picton at 4 o'clock on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday morning, arriving at Belleville at 8 o'clock same days.


Will leave Belleville on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons at 5 o'clock, arriving at Kingston in time for the Montreal boats.

This Boat touches at Amherst Island, and the other usual stopping places, on her upward and downward trips.

For Freight or Passage, apply to H. & S. Jones, Hooker, Henderson & Co., or the Captain on board.

June, 1843.

For Montreal Direct, steamer Charlotte, Capt. Marshall, June 24th, 1843.

Sale of Naval Stores at Kingston - worn rope, blocks, iron casks, hair bedding, and other steamboat furniture, etc. by auction. 14th June, 1843.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), June 24, 1843