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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), April 17, 1844

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p.2 The Bay of Quinte is now clear of ice, and the Prince Edward and Prince of Wales Steamers have commenced their regular trips.

The Steamer Pilot will leave Kingston for Montreal on Tuesday next, the 23rd inst., at 2 o'clock P.M.

The Lake and River Royal Mail Steamboats will commence their regular trips on Saturday next, the 20th inst.

p.3 The American Steamer Lady of the Lake touched at this Port yesterday, and landed about 16,000 choice Fruit Trees from Rochester. This supply is, we understand, intended chiefly for our neighbours of the Bay of Quinte.

Correspondence of Pomeroy & Co. - Buffalo, April 6th - The unexpected return of the two propellers which had started for Chicago with full cargoes of flour from Detroit, has augmented our stock some 5000 bbls. during the week, and though but little of that which has been landed was put in the market, its tendency is to deaden operations at this point. The introduction of these two cargoes exhibits, too, another feature. While sail vessels were closing contracts at 18 cts. for flour from Detroit, those new craft step in and take full cargoes at 16 cts. per bbl. Of course this proves that their introduction upon the lakes, will not only affect the price of passage on steamers, but must lessen freights by sail craft....

Welland Canal - The Oswego Whig announces the arrival at that port on the 9th inst., of the Schooner Frontier, R. Cochran, Master, from Toledo, with 5,800 bushels wheat to Carrington & Pardee. Also Schooner Mohawk, J. Carmichael, Master, from Monroe, Michigan, with 5000 bushels wheat, to Carrington & Pardee. These arrivals are nearly one month earlier than usual, from the Upper Lakes, and speak plainly the advantages of the Welland Canal route. The canal is said to be in fine order.

For the Oswego County Whig.


The business season seems to be opening with brighter prospects than usual. The facilities for travelling, and the transportation of merchandize, although heretofore good, are about to be greatly increased. Our neighbors, on the other side of the waters, are prepared to enter boldly into a fair competition on the route from Kingston via Oswego to Niagara. Their steamers are the best of sea-boats - very commodious, of good speed, and as to their conveyances, will not suffer in comparison with any on the Lake or St. Lawrence. Our Canadian neighbors complain that the American boats, the last season, abandoned their former route and taking Toronto in their course, came in competition with their boats, already engaged in that trade. The complaint is not well founded - the lakes and the ocean are free as the birds who wing their flight over their waves. - The quickest, surest and cheapest conveyance to the traveller and merchant will meet with success. Good and responsible agents have been appointed at Oswego for D. Bethune and Capt. Richardson's Steamers; - among which are the Admiral, America, and Chief Justice Robinson: we hope the public will give them a fair trial. It has been the impression "that a British boat, running between Kingston and Oswego, never receives any support which they can conveniently retain for an American vessel." From our observation this is not true, except, perhaps, with the agents and those connected with boats of opposite interests. In days long past, when the Great Britain and other British boats arrived at our port on their regular trips what vessels were more patronized by our citizens? Last year, the Steamer Union, running from Kingston to Toronto, via Oswego, was not considered a passenger boat; but the owners had no reason to complain that she did not receive a large portion of the freight going to those ports.

We believe that there will be no distinction between British or American boats. Every expression that we have heard, from our townsmen, indicate that their arrival will be greeted with satisfaction and good feeling.

We learn from Chippewa that last evening, in consequence of the breaking of the tow line, a Scow went over the Falls; some men were on board, but happily they all escaped. [Niagara Chronicle, April 10th]

STEAMBOAT NOTICE - The Montreal Mail Line of Steamers will commence plying daily on Saturday next, the 20th instant, leaving Kingston every morning at 7 o'clock. They will go as far as Coteau du Lac if the Cornwall Canal be open.

Kingston, 17th April. Steam Boat Office, Commercial Wharf.



Lake and Canal Boats Insured. - The proprietors of this line, on the opening of Canal Navigation, will have boats leaving New York, Albany and Oswego, daily, connecting at Oswego, with D. Bethune's Steamers, running to Canadian ports, and the Steamers Clinton, John Marshall, & others, to American ports, on Lake Ontario and River St. Lawrence, and a Fleet of First Class Schooners, running to the Western Lakes - thereby insuring the safe and speedy transmission of all property entrusted to them, to or from New York or Albany, and all points on Lakes Ontario, Erie, Huron and Michigan.

All property shipped by this line, is insured between New York and Oswego. The dangers of the Lakes and River St. Lawrence, and of fire at places of transhipment, at the risk of owners of property.

H.C. Wright & Co., Oswego.

D.K. Neal & Co., Albany.

Agents: S.H. Wright & T.A. Jerome, 109 Broad St., N.Y.

J. Parrett & Co., 10 Congress St., Boston.

D.K. Neal & Co., 61 Quay St., Albany.

H.C. Wright & Co., Oswego.

Oswego, April 10th, 1844.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), April 17, 1844