The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Argus (Kingston, ON), Nov. 6, 1846

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p.2 During the severe storm of Saturday night and Sunday, a schooner laden with wheat was wrecked on Light-house point, and another freighted with salt, went ashore in Humber bay. We hear rumors of several other disasters, but no authentic particulars have reached us. The Royal Mail steamer City of Toronto, which came up from Kingston on Sunday, was out in the storm nearly the whole way. "The wind was high, and the waves were rough," but the good ship weathered it out, as sailors say, "like a duck." [Toronto Herald]


Yesterday, at 3 o'clock, the new Iron Steamer belonging to the Honorable. John Hamilton, was launched from the ship-yard of Messrs. Fowler & Hood. She went off in beautiful style, amid the cheers of numerous spectators. She was christened the Passport, and will be commanded by Captain Bowen, now of the Canada. Her dimensions are as follows: - Extreme length, 180 feet; breadth of Beam, 26 feet; depth of Hold, 9 1/2 feet; and she drew, on even keel, when launched, and having nothing in her, 2 feet 3 inches of water, inclusive of course of the keel, which measures 5 inches.

She will be propelled by an horizontal engine of 80 horse power, and is expected to go between 15 & 16 miles an hour.

On the first of last March, every particle of her was in the ore, in the bowels of the earth, in Scotland; now she floats a thing of life upon the broad waters of Ontario, and will by next May be fully completed, and stemming the rapids of the mighty St. Lawrence!

Great credit is due to Mr. McAuslan, the Engineer, who has been in the employment of Mr. Hamilton for the last sixteen years. Mr. McAuslan went to Scotland for the hull of the Passport, and, in superintending the fitting up of her, has shown much ability.

The name Passport, which has been given to the vessel, struck us at first, as somewhat inappropriate; but when we came to reflect that its meaning is to go or pass with safety and certainty, we concluded that it was extremely appropriate; for if we cannot go in such a model of naval architecture with certainty and safety, we should like to know in what more safe and certain mode the public can be conveyed.


Port of Kingston - Arrived.

Nov. 4th - Schr. Gen. Brock, Wellington, 96 bbls. flour, John H. Greer; 6500 bush. wheat, J. Torrens.

Schr. Amelia, St. Catharines, 1300 bbls. flour, Hooker & Henderson; 200, Jones & Walker.

Sloop Eliza Morgan, Sackett's Harbor, 950 bush. barley, James Morton.

Schr. Jessie, Cleveland, 1651 bbls. flour, Jones & Walker.

5th - Schr. Emerald, Oakville, 2048 bush. wheat, H. & S. Jones.

Schr. Jesse Woods, Oshawa, 265 bbls. flour, Quebec Forwarding Co.

Schr. Elizabeth, Oakville, 5214 bush. wheat, McPherson & Crane.

Schr. Lord Nelson, Bond Head, 2600 bush. wheat, 45 bbls. flour, Jones & Walker.

Schr. Ellen Park, Amherstburgh, 3857 bush. wheat, 60 corn, 33 potash, 16 hhds. tobacco, McPherson & Crane.

Schr. Elizabeth, Toronto, 4965 bush. wheat, Hooker & Henderson; 80 bbls. flour, Jones & Walker.

Schr. Princess Victoria, Hamilton, 1211 bbls. flour, Jones & Walker.

Schr. Fanny, Toronto, 609 bbls. flour, H. & S. Jones.

Schr. Montreal, Cleveland, 845 bbls. flour, 266 pork, Quebec Forwarding Co.

6th - Schooner Jane, Sydenham, 8000 staves, Calvin, Cook & Co.

Schr. G.S. Waterbury, Bronte, 1511 bush. wheat, 20 bbls. ashes, McPherson & Crane.

Schr. Caledonia, Cleveland, 5992 bush. wheat.

Schr. Ardelia, Toronto, 2532 bush. wheat, 38 bbls. flour, Hooker & Henderson.

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Argus (Kingston, ON), Nov. 6, 1846