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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), May 9, 1846

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p.2 Spring Trade - The activity with which the lake trade has opened may be estimated by a reference to the entries at the Custom House here on Monday last. We have added up the figures attached to the leading items with the following results: 28 brigs and schooners; 23,503 bbls. flour, 5532 bushels wheat, 2300 bushels rye, 2416 bbls. pork, 338 bbls. and tierces tallow, 155 bbls. whiskey, 421 bbls. ashes, 15,327 staves, 313 pcs. square oak - with a variety of other things, too numerous, as the auctioneers say, to mention. A fair day's business! [News]



Midland District

To Wit.

At the Court of General Quarter Sessions of the Midland District, holden by adjournment on second day of May, 1846,

The following Rules, Regulations and Rates were adopted for the Ferry, between Kingston and Wolf Island, and vice versa, and are now published for the information and guidance of those concerned.


For a single passage to and from Wolf Island, and Garden Island,

with the privilege of returning free the same day. 1s. 3d.

A Double Waggon and 2 Horses 4s. 0d.

A Single Horse and Waggon 2s. 6d.

A Single Horse 1s. 3d.

Oxen and Cows, each 1s. 0d.

Calves and Hogs, each 0s. 3d.

Sheep, each 0s. 2d.

Barrels with contents, each 0s. 2d.

Ditto empty, each 0s. 1d.

Bags with contents, each 0s. 1 1/2d.

Traveller's Baggage, over 80 lb. 4d. per cwt.

Merchandize of all descriptions 3d. per cwt.

Slaughtered Animals, same per carsase as alive.

Small Packages, each 0s. 1d.

The Rates between Garden Island and Wolf Island, one-half of the above.

Between the 20th October, and the close of the Navigation, the above Rates

to be increased 50 per cent.

The Hours of Ferrying To Be As Follows:

From the opening of the Navigation to 20th October: To leave Kingston 6 and 10

o'clock, A.M. and at 2 and 5 P.M. To leave Wolf Island at 7 and 11 o'clock A.M.

and at 3 and 6 o'clock P.M.

From the 20th October to the end of the Navigation: To leave Kingston at 7 A.M.

and 12 Noon & 3 o'clock P.M. Wolf Island at 8 o'clock A.M. & 1 and 4 P.M.

Touching always in passing, to take in Freight or Passengers from Garden Island.

The lessees of the Ferry are required to keep a Skiff for the conveyance of

Travellers between the hours of 6 and 9 in the evening, the charge for which is to

be five shillings each, both ways.

The following extract from the Act for the regulation of Ferries, 8 Vic. chap. 50, passed 29th March, 1845, is published for the information of those concerned:

"That if any person after the passing of this Act, shall unlawfully interfere with the rights of any licensed Ferryman, by taking, carrying, and conveying, at any such Ferry, across the river or stream on which the same may be situate, any person, carriage, cattle or wares, in any boat, vessel, or other craft, for hire, gain, reward, profit, or hope thereof, or shall do any other act or thing to lessen the tolls and profits of any such Lessee of the Crown at any such Ferry, every offender being convicted thereof before a Justice of the Peace, shall forfeit and pay such sum of money, not exceeding five pounds, as to the Justice shall seem meet, which sum of money shall be paid to the party aggrieved, except where such party shall have been examined in proof of the offence, and in such case the money shall be applied and accounted for in the same manner as any penalty imposed for a breach of the peace: Provided always, that nothing herein contained shall extend to prevent any person or persons from keeping any boat, vessel or other craft, at any such Ferry for his or her or their own use and benefit, but that the same shall in no wise be used directly or indirectly, by him or her, or any other person or persons, to evade the payment of tolls at any such Ferry."

By order of the Court,

J. Nickalls, C.P.

(issues missing until July 4th)

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), May 9, 1846