The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Argus (Kingston, ON), Sept. 25, 1846

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p.2 Another Iron Steamer - Capt. Sutherland, formerly of the Traveller, has returned from England where he got material for building an iron steamer, similar to one being built here by Hon. John Hamilton.

A Mail for the Manitoulin Islands, Sault Ste. Marie, and intermediate places, will be closed at the Toronto Post Office on the 28th inst., and on 28th October. The steamer Gore will start from Penetanguishene for the above ports on the 1st October and on 1st November.

A man named John Allan, belonging to the schooner Canadian, of Belleville, fell from on board that vessel, on Saturday morning about eight o'clock, above the Cedar Rapids. The accident was caused by the boom jibing, and not withstanding every effort made to save him, he sunk to rise no more. The deceased was a native of England, about 30 years of age, unmarried, and was a considerable time in the country. [Montreal Transcript]

The barge Wanderer, belonging to the Quebec Forwarding Company, loaded principally with whisky and pork, struck on one of the shoals opposite this city, on Saturday afternoon last. [Montreal Transcript]


We learn from Capt. Titus, of the steamer Buffalo, that the propeller Goliah, bound down with a cargo of 9000 bushels wheat and 1000 bbls. flour sprung a leak on Tuesday night last, between Cleveland and Sandusky. The flour was immediately thrown overboard, and Captain Easterbrook, finding that the leak was gaining on them at every heavy sea she encountered, headed her toward Black River and ran her ashore on the rocks near the point where the brig Emigrant was lost. The Goliah is owned by Trusedale & Co. of Detroit, and we understand both vessel and cargo are insured in the North Western Insurance Company. [Buffalo Commercial]

The Western Insurance Company is located at Oswego. The pilot says the flour was insured at Sandusky.



Whereas by the Act of the Provincial Parliament incorporating the City of Kingston, passed in the ninth year of the Reign of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, the City Council are authorized to enact laws "to regulate the Harbour and the Vessels, Craft and Rafts arriving in it: to impose and collect such reasonable Harbour dues thereon as may serve to keep the Harbour in good order, and provide for the payment of a Harbour Master, and the erection and maintenance of a beacon therein to regulate and provide for the erection of piers, wharves and docks in the said Harbour and to prevent the filling up or encumbering the said Harbour." And whereas the said Harbour is now vested by the said Act in the City Council and their successors, Be it therefore enacted by the City Council of the City of Kingston, for the purposes aforesaid:

1. That it shall be the duty of the Harbour Master, and he is hereby authorized to direct that all vessels, craft, rafts or cribs, arriving in the Harbour, shall be placed in such manner, in their turn, in regard to anchoring, mooring, unloading, moving or shifting, or extent of accommodation, as he shall think fit, with a view to their speedy loading and unloading, and the general convenience and safety of all vessels or craft coming into, remaining in, or going out of the Harbour: Provided always, that in the selection of berths or moorings a vessel with cargo shall take precedence of a vessel light, in ballast, or taking in cargo.

II. That vessels loaded with wood, sand, stones, lime and produce to be sold in the City, shall in all cases, have the preference over other vessels, at the slips near the water's edge, in arriving at and remaining in said slips; and no vessel of any description shall occupy any of the slips during the winter season.

III. That no vessel or raft shall anchor or be moored across the entrance to any dock or slip; nor shall any vessel or raft anchor nearer than 300 yards from any of the wharves.

IV. That no master of any vessel, or craft, or raft, shall be guilty of any unreasonable or vexatious delay in loading, unloading or moving his craft, or in obeying the lawful orders of the Harbour Master with respect to the said vessel, craft or raft.

V. That it shall be lawful when necessary, in the opinion of the Harbour Master, for steamboats and other vessels to load and unload over the decks of each other respectively; and no person in charge of any vessel, where thereunto required by the Harbour Master, shall refuse or permit a person in charge of any other vessel, so to load or unload: Provided always, that the inside vessel shall have a gang-way to extend from such vessel to the wharf.

VI. That when two or more vessels shall lie in the same tier at any one of the wharves or slips, a free and unencumbered passage over the deck of the vessel lying next or nearest to the wharf or shore shall be allowed to all persons, as well for the purpose of loading or unloading, as for every and any purpose of communication between the shore and the vessel lying without side; and no master or person in charge of any vessel next or nearest to the wharf shall refuse or impede such passage as aforesaid.

VII. That no master or person in charge of any vessel or craft, or other person whatsoever, shall fasten any hawser, or other rope, or chain across any part of the Harbour, so as to obstruct the passage, except for the express purpose of hauling in or out immediately, or for the purpose of hauling off a vessel aground; and in such case, such master or person shall slack the hawser or rope in order to give a free passage to any other vessel that may require to pass.

VIII. That no master or person in charge of any vessel or craft to which any other vessel or craft may be made fast by any rope, hawser, or chain, shall cut or cast off, or cause to be cut or cast off, any such rope, hawser or chain, without giving notice to the master or person in charge of the vessel or craft so made fast.

IX. That the shore fastenings of every vessel shall be attached to the rings placed on the outer edges of the wharves or to the mooring posts, and shall not in any manner cross or traverse the said wharves.

X. That the master or person in charge of any vessel or craft lying alongside the wharves, or adjoining any other vessel, shall cause her hatchways to be securely and completely covered with hatches or gratings immediately after the work of loading or unloading, as the case shall be, shall have been finished for the day, and shall cause the same to remain so covered until the time when the work may commence in the morning.

XI. That every steam-boat, propeller, or other vessel used in conveying passengers, resorting to the Harbour, shall be provided with a good and sufficient gang-way for the use of persons going and coming aboard such vessel; and that on dark nights a light shall be so placed on the said vessel near the gang-way, as that the same may be clearly seen from the wharf and vessel.

XII. That all vessels, crafts, or rafts, in motion or at anchor, in any part of the Harbour shall, during the night, show a light at the bowsprit and at the stern.

XIII. That no fires shall be used on board any vessel except in proper cabooses or stoves of brick, iron or other metal; that no fires for cooking shall be allowed before sun-rise or after sun-set; and that no light shall be allowed on any vessel (except signal lights as aforesaid and on steam-boats) after ten o'clock at night, except in the cabin, where a person must be in attendance, and except in the case of vessels actually loading and unloading: Provided always, that any steam-boat, with a watch on board, may make the necessary fires for generating steam, and that any vessel arriving or departing at night might use lights.

XIV. That the owner, master, or person in charge of any steam-vessel, visiting the said Harbour, which has a chimney from the boiler fires, through which sparks of fire may escape, shall be compelled to have a bonnet or screen at the top of such chimney, made of wire, sheet iron or other metal, in such a way as to prevent the sparks from escaping.

XV. That no tar, pitch, turpentine, rosin or grease shall be boiled or heated, near the Harbour, except at such place as the Harbour Master may point out, and unless a proper person remain in charge of the pot or kettle with a sufficient cover or other effectual means immediately to extinguish any fire which might occur during such boiling or heating or otherwise.

XVI. That no master or person in charge of any vessel, shall permit any ballast, rubbish, ashes, coals, cinders, or refuse matter, to be thrown from his vessel into the Harbour; nor shall any other person or persons throw any dirt, filth, or rubbish of any kind into the Harbour, which may tend to choke or fill it up; nor shall any such dirt, filth or rubbish be placed on the ice in winter, so that the same, if permitted to remain, would sink in the waters of the Harbour.

XVII. That no person shall place any earth, stones, dirt, filth, rubbish, or other matter upon any of the wharves, or on the shore of any of the docks or slips; and any person so offending shall be compelled to remove the same immediately after receiving notice from the Harbour Master to that effect.

XVIII. That no vessel laden with hay, straw or the like combustible material, shall be permitted to arrive at, remain or unload, at any wharf, dock or slip between Barrack Street and Gore Street.

XIX. That no person shall drive or ride a horse or horses on or near any of the wharves, at a quicker rate than a walk; and the drivers of cabs, carts, and other vehicles, shall so arrange them, as not to block up the entrance or passage.

XX. That all masters or persons in charge of vessels arriving in the night time, shall hoist their colors the next morning at sun-rise, and continue to keep them flying until boarded by the Harbour Master.

XXI. And the hands or crew, in the absence of the master of any vessel, shall be liable to the provisions of this Act, and in such case, any order given by the Harbour Master, on making himself known, shall have the like effect as if given to the master in person.

XXII. That no person shall molest, hinder or disturb the Harbour Master, or his authorized assistant, while in the proper performance of his duty, as authorized by this Act.

XXIII. That hereafter no wharf, pier, or other erection shall be begun, or built, or extended, in any parts of the waters of the Harbour of the City of Kingston, without permission first had and obtained from the City Council, by resolution of the Council at one of its regular meetings, and subject to the provisions of the tenth clause of the said Act incorporating the City.

XXIV. That the owner, master, person in charge, or occupant of every vessel, craft, raft or crib, whether propelled by steam, sail, or otherwise, arriving in the Harbour of Kingston, shall, immediately on arrival, pay to the Harbour Master, or his authorized assistant, the rates, charges, or Harbour dues, in the schedule to this Act, hereinafter mentioned, for every time such vessel, craft, raft or crib, shall arrive in the Harbour upon any trip or voyage, which said rates, charges, or duties it shall be the duty of the said Harbour Master to collect: Provided always, that the City Council, (except in those cases where the rates of commutation are hereinafter fixed,) may by resolution commute the said rates by the season with the owners or masters of such vessels as are regularly employed in forwarders' lines, or are used for the regular conveyance of passengers on stated days and times, for such sum or sums as the Council may deem proper.

XXIV. That the Harbour Master shall, before commencing his duties, give a bond, with two sureties, in the sum of 250 Pds., conditioned for the proper performance of his duties, as mentioned in this Act, and that he will account for and pay over to the City Treasurer, at the end of every week, all the sums received by him in the performance of his said duties.

XXVI. That any person who shall neglect or refuse to pay the charges imposed by this Act, when demanded, or who shall refuse or neglect to obey any orders given by the Harbour Master under the authority of this Act, or who shall be guilty of any infraction of any of the provisions of this Act, shall upon conviction thereof before the Mayor, the Police Magistrate, or any Alderman, be fined for each offence in such sum, not to exceed five pounds, nor less than two shillings and sixpence, besides the costs, as the said Mayor, Police Magistrate, or Alderman, shall deem proper, which fine and costs may be levied of the goods and chattels of such offender, or such person shall be imprisoned in the Gaol of the Midland District for a period not to exceed thirty days, unless the amount of such fines and costs be paid.

Schedule referred to in the foregoing Act.


Every vessel of 300 tons for every arrival, 0 pds. 3 0

For every additional 100 tons, for every arrival, 0 1 0

or per season, 3 0 0

And for every additional 100 tons per season, 1 0 0

Every vessel of 150 tons, for every arrival, 0 2 0

And for every additional 50 tons for every arrival, 0 0 6

or per season, 2 0 0

And for every additional 50 tons per season, 0 10 0

Every vessel of 50 tons, for every arrival, 0 1 3

And for every additional 25 tons, for every arrival, 0 0 3

or per season, 1 0 0

And for every additional 25 tons, per season, 0 5 0


1st Class steamers, for every arrival, 0 5 0

or per season, 10 0 0

2nd Class steamers, for every arrival, 0 3 0

or per season, 7 10 0

3rd Class steamers, for every arrival, 0 2 6

or per season, 5 0 0

1st Class propellers, for every arrival, 0 2 6

or per season, 5 0 0

Every other class of Propellers, 0 2 6

or per season, 3 0 0

For every steamer not enumerated in the above, 0 2 6

for every arrival, 0 2 6

or per season, 3 0 0


For Barges, loaded with produce, goods, wares or

merchandise, to be disposed of at Kingston,

for every arrival, 0 2 6

For all other Barges per arrival, 0 1 0

or to be commuted for the season.

Sail Boats carrying provisions, etc., for every arrival, 0 1 3

or per season, 1 5 0

Skiffs carrying provisions, etc., for every arrival 0 0 7 1/2

Rafts per dram, for every arrival, 0 1 0

when unloaded here 0 2 6

For every Cord of fire wood arriving in boats,

vessels, or rafts, 0 0 1

All craft of 2 tons burthen or upwards, the cargoes of

which are disposed of from on board, to be subject to a

charge of 2s. 6d. for the first day, and for every

succeeding day, 1s. 3d.

Every other boat not enumerated in the above,

for every arrival, 0 1 0

M. FLANAGAN, City Clerk.

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Argus (Kingston, ON), Sept. 25, 1846