The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Argus (Kingston, ON), Oct. 30, 1846

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Crowded State of Our Harbour.

[Buffalo Commercial of Saturday]

Those who have never witnessed a forest of masts in an inland port, like Buffalo, could be gratified with an exhibition of this nature today, by simply walking along our dock. We have never known the creek so crowded as at present, and when we say that there are now in port one hundred and thirty-four steamers, propellers, brigs and schooners, the tonnage of which ranges from 100 to 1140 tons, and that there are some twenty-three steamers while several of the others are brigs of 330 tons and upwards, it need not be wondered that with the increase of our marine this season we should find our facilities for shelter and transhipment inadequate to meet the exigencies of the case. In consequence of the crowded state of our harbor, business is almost at a stand. Purchasers are unwilling to operate unless they can see a probability of sending forward their produce, and until we have a change of wind, there can be but little chance for canal boats getting alongside of either warehouse or vessel. Something must shortly be done to enlarge our harbor, and the sooner our citizens, and those more personally interested in the matter, act upon it the better.

The brig Ellen Parker, lately aground a short distance below the pier, has been safely brought into port, not having received the slightest injury either in her hull or her cargo in the most remote degree damaged. The Westchester still lies outside in four feet water, but they are now lightening her and unless the wind rises no fears need be entertained for her safety.

p.3 Lachine Canal - Our contemporary the Chronicle stated a few days since that a breach had occurred in the Lachine Canal which compelled the Superintendant to close it. This, we are informed, was an error. The Beauharnois, and not the Lachine Canal, has been closed. It would have been a serious drawback to the business of the country, had the Lachine secion of the St. Lawrence Canals been closed at this particular season of the year; but under existing circumstances, the inconvenience resulting from the closing of the Beauharnois branch, will be felt by the Mail steamers only. The craft at present employed in the carrying trade, not having sufficient power to pass up the rapids above Dickenson's Landing, have been obliged to use the Ottawa and Rideau route upwards, and they must continue to do so till the Locks now being constructed to overcome the Rapides du Plat and Gallopes are completed.

Port of Kingston - Arrived.

Oct. 25th - Schr. Trafalgar, Oakville, 2000 bushels wheat, McPherson & Crane; 250 bbls. flour, Quebec Forwarding Co.

Schr. Elizabeth, Milan, 150 bbls. pork, 367 flour, 3370 bush. wheat, McPherson & Crane.

Schr. Merchant Miller, St. Catharines, 1437 bbls. flour, 11 Potashes, Jones & Walker.

26th - Schr. Ottawa, Windsor, 732 bbls. flour, 1309 bush. wheat, Jones & Walker.

Schr. Mariner, Oakville, 1466 bush. wheat, Hooker & Henderson.

Schr. Dumfries, Sydenham, 10,410 staves, Calvin, Cook & Co.

Schr. Mohawk, St. Catharines, 1200 bbls. flour, Hooker, Henderson & Co.; 200 bbls. flour, Jones & Walker.

Sloop Amelia Cook, French Creek, 25 bbls. pork, 50 bush. oats, Calvin, Cook & Co.

27th - Schr. Alexander, St. Catharines, 1540 bbls. flour, Jones & Walker; 30 bbls. flour, Quebec Forwarding Co.

Schr. Mayflower, Cleveland, 2737 bush. corn, James Morton.

29th - Schr. Hannah, Cobourg, 350 bbls. flour, Quebec Forwarding Co.; 200, H. & S. Jones.

Schr. A.J. Browne, Port Hope, 2287 bush. wheat, 796 bbls. flour, Jones & Walker.

Scow Ferry, 732 bush. barley, J.B. Hall.


On and after the First November, until further notice, the Subscribers will charge the undermentioned RATES OF FREIGHT from KINGSTON, and places below, to MONTREAL viz:

Flour, 2s. 6d. per barrel.

Beef and Pork, 3s. 9d. do.

Ashes, 6s. 3d. do.

Wheat & other Grain 0s. 9d. per 60 lbs.

And other articles in proportion.

Insurance as usual effected on all property downwards, and charged in addition to the Freight.



H. JONES & Co.

R.U. INNES, Agent Quebec Forwarding Company.

Oct. 28, 1846.

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Argus (Kingston, ON), Oct. 30, 1846