The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Argus (Kingston, ON), May 5, 1846

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We find that a new arrangement has taken place, the Boats pass through in the night from Belleville down, but from Kingston up, they are to lay over at Picton as usual. This may be a wise arrangement, but we do not think, that the travelling community will consider it so. Now look at the absurdity of the arrangement. It is deemed essential to give the people on the route from Picton up, an opportunity of going to Belleville, but there is no necessity of allowing the people on the route from Picton down, the same chance of going to Kingston. Either passengers must wait for hours, to take the Boat, at all hours of the night, or they must stay at home, or take Land carriage, to get to the Boat in the Morning for Montreal. In short, the whole arrangement is bad, and the owners of the Boats would do well to change the present from a night to a day route. There are few people if any, who go down the bay, but have some business to transact at Kingston, on the Road down, and this could be accomplished, by arriving at Kingston early in the evening, say not later than 4 or 5 o'clock, and enable them to be ready for the River Boat next morning at 7 o'clock. What is most needed on the Bay at present is, a swift Boat that would make the trip in the day, and to carry passengers only. The People on the Bay, we think give sufficient business, to entitle them to better accommodation, more especially when it is taken into consideration, that the Boats which are now, or which hitherto, have been employed by them, have paid the stock holders at least 40 per cent. All who travel the Bay and River, must at once perceive that the contrast between the accommodation of the Bay and River Boats, is too marked not to draw forth prejudicial remarks upon the Bay line. We are not offering these remarks in a spirit of opposition, or from a desire to find fault, but from a conviction, that we hold it to be our duty to point to the proprietors, their position with regard to the public, and to leave them to remove the line of distinction, which now so materially marks the Bay from the River Boats [Belleville Intelligencer]

p.3 Melancholy and Fatal Misfortune - Captain Duncan McPhail, of the schooner Merchant Miller, of St. Catherines, was accidentally drowned about one o'clock in the morning of Thursday last. Having got through loading with flour and pork, he had left the vessel for his papers, and when returning along the wharf with two other gentlemen - one of whom had engaged a passage with him - he complained of sickness and sat down. The two were some time waiting for the boat coming ashore to take them off. When it arrived, the Captain, in attempting to get aboard, fell into the lake; and it being dark and stormy, some eight or ten minutes elapsed before his body was recovered, when life was found to be extinct. This happened at Port Stanley. His remains were brought home, and their interment took place on Monday. Capt. McPhail was about thirty-three years of age, and has left a wife and three children to deplore his loss. [St. Catharines Journal]


It is with much pleasure we record our meed of praise to the Messrs. Browne of Port Hamilton, for their enterprise in Commercial matters. They have already materially augmented the facilities of navigation, with substantial and good sailing vessels belonging to "our own Port," - and it was to our gratification, the other day, that we visited another new and beautiful Schooner "The Breeze" just finished for the same enterprising owners, who have spared no expense in rigging and fitting her up. The Breeze is, we think without exception, the prettiest built and the neatest built vessel on the Lakes. She is capable of carrying 3500 barrels of flour, and her measurement 350 ton. Length of Keel 110 feet - breadth of beam 26 feet over all. She was built by Shickluna of St. Catharines - and does infinite credit to him as a Shipbuilder. Her owners may justly be proud of her, and we wish them every success.

[Hamilton Gazette]

Port of Kingston - Arrived.

30th - Schr. Prince of Wales, Windsor, 2500 bus wheat, 180 bbls flour, 172 do. Pork, 11 kegs lard, 2000 N.I. staves, H. & S. Jones; Schr. Sophia, Port Credit, 834 bbls flour, 2000 bus wheat, Jones & Walker; Schr. C.J. Robinson, Hamilton, 692 bbls flour, 121 do. pork, Quebec For. Co. 37 ashes, 513 do. flour, Jones & Walker; Sloop Eliza Morgan, Henderson, 650 bus corn, 175 do. potatoes; Schr. Mary Anne, Rochester, 162 bbls pork, Mr. Rourke; Str. Prince of Wales, Bay Quinte, 312 bbls flour, 1200 do. barge in tow.

May 1st - Schr. Enterprise, Sacketts Harbour, 900 bus corn, 6 do. onions, 60 do. potatoes; Lady Bagot, St. Catherines, 1500 bbls flour.

2nd - Schr. Jessie, St. Catherines, ? bbls flour; Schr. Minerva Cook, Hamilton, 91 pcs oak, Calvin, Cook & Co.; Schr. Emerald, Port Hope, 360 bbls flour, 530 bus wheat.

4th - Schr. Ellen, Port Hope, 848 bbls flour, Jones & Walker; Schr. Hannah, Cobourg, 200 bbls flour, and sundries, McPherson & Crane; Schr. Lord Nelson, Toronto, 726 bbls flour, Jones & Walker; Schr. A. Gage, Oakville, 50 bbls flour, H. & S. Jones; 2009 bus wheat, Jones & Walker; Schr. Caledonia, 369 bbls pork, 262 bbls flour, Quebec For. Co., 338 bbls and tierces tallow, H. & S. Jones; 10 half boxes glass, J. Watkins & Co., 242 do. D. Prentiss; Thames, Hamilton, 143 bbls whisky, J.H. Greer, 982 bbls flour, Jones & Walker; Rose of Milton, Humber, 1350 bbls flour, Hooker Henderson & Co.; Sir Charles Bagot, Port Stanley, 922 bbls flour, 582 do. pork, 13 do. lard, 16 kegs do., Hooker & Henderson, 159 bbls beef, 103 bbls flour, 17 kegs butter, H. & S. Jones; Princess Victoria, Hamilton, 1330 bbls flour, Jones & Walker; Shannon, Hamilton, 1655 bbls flour, Jones & Walker; Schr. Thames, Hamilton, 982 bbls flour, Jones & Walker; 143 bbls whisky, John H. Greer; Schr. Sovereign, 83 bbls flour, and 95 bbls ashes, Jones & Walker; 397 bbls flour, Quebec Forwarding Company; 589 bbls flour, 420 bbls pork, 320 bbls ashes, Hooker & Henderson; 12 bbls whisky, 15 bbls saleratus, Oliphant & Watt; Brig Mohawk, Oshawa, 1196 bbls flour, Jones & Walker; 167 bbls pork, Quebec Forwarding Company, 22 bbls grass seed, H. & S. Jones; Schr. Ottawa, Dunnville, 1312 bbls flour, 138 bbls fine midlings, Jones & Walker; Schr. Almedia, St. Catherines, 1571 bbls flour, Jones & Walker; Schr. Henrietta, Port Stanley, 25 bbls flour, 3,623 bus wheat, McPherson & Crane, 135 bbls beef and pork, 6 bbls ashes, Quebec Forwarding Company; Schr Ontario, Hamilton, 600 bbls Pork, Quebec Forwarding Company; 4,150 per West Indian staves, Calvin, Cook & Co.; Schr. D.W. Church, Clayton, 2,300 bush rye, James Morton; Schr. Clyde, Port Ryerse, 1618 bbls flour, Jones & Walker; Schr. W.H. Merritt, Hamilton, 1,000 bbls flour, Jones & Walker; Str. Prince of Wales, Trent Port, 400 bbls flour; Schr. Hannah Counter, Stoney Creek, 113 pcs oak timber, C.C. & Co.; Schr. Elizabeth, Hamilton, 9,377 pcs W. India staves, C.C. & Co., 1,800 pcs do., E.G. Merrick; Str. Canada, sundries; Schr. Isabella, Cobourg, 791 bbls flour, H. & S. Jones; Str. St. Lawrence, Str. Rochester, sundries; Schr. Liverpool, Port Dalhousie, 200 pcs square oak, C.C. & Co.; Schr. Ottawa, Port Credit, 923 bbls flour, Jones & Walker; Schr. Jane, Humber, 1,300 bbls flour, Hooker, Henderson & Co.; Brigantine John Malcolm, St. Catherines, 1,350 bbls flour, Hooker, Henderson & Co.; Schr. Rose, Port Ryerse, 1,400 bbls flour, McPherson & Crane.




Capt. H. Ives,

Will ply regularly between Kingston & Wolf Island, touching at Garden Island, (until further notice,) as follows:

Leave Kingston

at 6 o'clock A.M.

at 10 o'clock A.M.

at 2 o'clock P.M.

at 5 o'clock P.M.

Leaves Wolfe Island

at 7 o'clock A.M.

at 11 o'clock A.M.

at 3 o'clock P.M.

at 6 o'clock P.M.

Rates of Fare same as last year.

Kingston, April, 1846.

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Argus (Kingston, ON), May 5, 1846