The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), July 1, 1845

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(also in British Whig, July 1, 1845, and Kingston News, July 3, 1845.)

p.2 A ship carpenter, named Joseph Thompson, was found drowned, at the foot of Gore Street, on Thursday last. The deceased had been working on Garden Island, and it was supposed, by his wife and friends, that he had gone there, after leaving home, a few days ago. His body was found floating near the shore on Thursday - the deceased having probably fallen from Messrs. Sanderson & Murray's wharf. [Kingston Chronicle]

(copied from Kingston Chronicle & Gazette by British Whig, July 4, 1845)

Something New - The American Steamboat Express has commenced towing rafts on the Bay of Quinte in opposition to the William IV. How Brother Jonathan would stare if the "Britishers" were to place a steam-tug on the Hudson River as a tow-boat between Albany and New York! And what a "hue and cry" the Canadian Lumber Merchants would raise if United States Timber, from the State of Maine for instance, were admitted into England on a par with Canadian Timber! Nevertheless these same parties have procured a foreign vessel to oppose one far superior, owned by a good British subject and manned by a British crew, merely because the foreign vessel promises to do the work a trifle cheaper.

We have no inclination to favor or encourage monopolies which would prove injurious to the general interests of the country by extorting exhorbitant prices, but we are equally opposed to a ruinous competition. The William IV is a large and powerful vessel and adapted to do twice as much business as the Bay and River affords at present, and we are informed by impartial judges that her rates for towing are not too high. The Express is a foreign vessel of small power, which has been lying idle in a foreign port - her proprietors having no doubt received compensation for laying her up - yet she is brought over here to reduce what is admitted to be a fair renumerating price.

The Americans have of course a perfect right to send their vessels to the Bay of Quinte, and to refuse support to a British vessel plying direct between this port and Oswego, but we cannot admit that it is good policy in Canadians to encourage or support them in doing so.


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Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), July 1, 1845