The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Argus (Kingston, ON), April 20, 1847

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Mail Steamers etc.

The Lake Royal Mail Steamers have commenced their regular trips between this port and Toronto; and the Niagara, one of the American line between Ogdensburgh and Lewiston, touched here on her upward trip, last evening. The River Royal Mail Steamers ply daily between Kingston and Dickenson's Landing. The Bay of Quinte is not yet clear of ice. Capt. Crysler with the Prince of Wales made an attempt to cut his way through yesterday, but was obliged to return after proceeding up as far as Brown's harbour, a mile and a half this side of the steamboat landing on Amherst Island.

The Wharves - present a very busy appearance: flour barrel follows flour barrel in rapid succession; and the axe and hammer of the carpenter are unceasingly at work, in the erection of additional warehouses.

The Ontario - This fine Propeller will leave Kingston for Chicago on Thursday, the 22nd inst., and, from the view we have had of her, will afford a good means of conveying goods or passengers westward. See advertisement in today's paper, and if that does not sufficiently explain her movements, apply to E. Browne & Co., who will give all necessary information.


Port of Kingston - Arrived.

April 17th - Schr. Elizabeth, Toronto, 500 bbls. flour, J.A. Walker & Co.; 900 bbls. do., P.F. McQuaig & Co.

Schr. George Moffatt, Oakville, 3625 bushels wheat, McPherson & Crane.

19th - Schr. James Coleman, Hamilton, 2299 bbls. flour, 126 pork, 8 beef, 40 whisky, 77 kegs butter, John H. Greer & Co.; 120 bbls. pork, 91 kegs butter, Quebec Forwarding Co.

Schr. Merchant, Port Hope, 500 bbls. flour, James A. Walker & Co.,

Schr. Prince of Wales, Windsor, 1000 bbls. flour, James A. Walker & Co.; 2000 bush. wheat, H. & S. Jones.

Schr. Lady Bagot, Hamilton, 802 bbls. flour, 103 pork, Quebec Forwarding Co.; 623 bbls. flour, James A. Walker & Co.

Propeller Ontario, Rochester, 4752 bush. corn, James Morton; 661 bbls. flour, James A. Walker & Co.; 24 bbls. tallow, 39 clover seed, H. & S. Jones & Co.; 113 bbls. apples.

Schr. Sovereign, Hamilton, 1489 bbls. flour, McPherson & Crane; 68 bbls. flour, 50 kegs butter, Hooker & Henderson; 58 bbls. flour, Quebec F'g Co.

The Bethel Society

Was formed for the purpose of improving the moral condition of the Sailors on these Lakes. They are a class of men who, from their peculiar and perilous situation, and on account of their religious privations, are entitled to the Christian sympathy of their fellow men.


Art. 1.--The disignation of this Society shall be the BETHEL SOCIETY OF THE CITY OF KINGSTON. This Society shall add its endeavors to those already formed, for the promotion of Region among the Sailors on these Lakes.

Art. 2.--Each Subscriber, paying to the Society Two Dollars annually, shall be a Member. And each Subscriber, paying at one time Ten Dollars, shall be a member for life.

Art. 3--Persons may be admitted HONORARY MEMBERS for meritorious conduct, or for services rendered to the Society; but they shall not be allowed to vote; or take elective offices; nor shall they be charged with contributions. This rule shall not prevent the Committee from receiving any donation that any person may wish to contribute to this Society. And Foreigners who have promoted the objects of the Society may also be admitted as HONORARY MEMBERS.

Art. 4.--The Committee shall meet once every Month for the transaction of business, at such place as may be deemed most expedient; five of whom shall form a Quorum: and the Annual Meeting shall take place on the first Tuesday in March.

Art. 5.--The Officers of this Society shall be a President, two Vice Presidents, a Recording Secretary, a Corresponding Secretary, a Treasurer, a Collector, and a Committee of thirty persons, all of whom shall be members, and elected annually.

Art. 6.--The President, or in his absence, one of the Vice Presidents, shall preside as Chairman at all meetings of the Society, and in their absence, a Chairman shall be chosen pro tem. He shall put all questions regularly moved and seconded, announce all decisions, keep strict order, and have a casting vote.

Art. 7.--The Recording Secretary shall keep fair and correct minutes of all the transactions of the Society, register members' names and residences, write all notices, make out all bills for the Collector, receive all moneys due to the Society, and pay the same to the Treasurer, taking his receipt for the same, countersign all bills, previous to their being paid by the Treasurer, prepare and read the Annual Report of the transactions of the Society at their Annual Meeting, and publish the same Report in one of the City Papers, and deliver up to his successor in office all books and papers belonging to the Society, then in his possession.

Art. 8--The Corresponding Secretary shall serve all notices for Special meetings, and perform all the duties of the Recording Secretary, in the absence of that officer.

Art. 9--The Treasurer shall receive all moneys paid to the Secretary, and shall have all the Society's funds in his charge, whether moneys or such other property as shall be put into his hands, and when the surplus funds amount to seven pounds ten shillings, the same shall be deposited in the Savings Bank in the name of the Society. He shall keep fair and regular accounts of all moneys, as well paid as received by him, of which he shall make a QUARTERLY report to the Society, showing the balance on hand, and shall deliver up to his successor in office all the funds, property, books, and papers belonging to the Society then in his possession.

Art. 10.--The Collector shall collect all arrearages due the Society, as far as practicable, and pay the same to the Recording Secretary, for which he shall take his receipt, and shall report to the Society at each of its meetings, if called upon to do so.

Art. 11--A Committee shall be appointed to conduct the business of the Soceity, consisting of thirty laymen, ten of whom shall be Sailors, the remainder, Landsmen, both of whom may be of different religious denominations of Christians. The Committee shall appoint all officers, and shall be charged with procuring for the Society a suitable place for preaching, and proper persons to officiate therein.

Art. 12--The Committee shall be entitled to purchase the Holy Scriptures without note or comment, Tracts, and other Religious books, at the lowest possible to be circulated by the Society among Seamen and their families.

Art. 13--The Committee shall select suitable persons to visit seamen and their families; to distribute Bibles, Testaments, the Seaman's Hymn Book, Tracts, and other Religious works; to invite them to the place of public worship; and to promote the gospel among Watermen.

Art. 14--The Committee shall have power to form Societies, such as Sabbath Schools, Temperance Societies, Tract Societies, and Bible Societies, and also to establish Temperance Boarding Houses for Sailors.

Art. 15--All the Office bearers shall be considered, EX-OFFICIO, members of the Committee.

Art. 16--The Secretaries for the time being shall be considered as members of the Society, but no other person shall have that privilege.

Art. 17--The Committee shall have the power to expel form the Society any Member that may have been convicted by a jury of his countrymen of felony, or of any disgraceful conduct.

Art. 18--The President, with the advice of any three members, shall call a special meeting of the Society, by giving the Recording Secretary three days' notice.

Art. 19--In case of death or resignation of any Officer of this Society, some member shall be elected at the next monthly meeting to fill the vacancy.

Art. 20--This Constitution shall not be altered or amended except at a regular Annual Meeting of the Society and with the concurrence of two thirds of the members present.


Dear Friends:

The BETHEL SOCIETY of the City of Kingston having been in operation one year, it is necessary to state that we wish to enlarge the borders and strengthen the stakes, of this infant establishment. It is certainly most desirable that we secure the entire services of a Missionary to Seamen; and it is also desirable to sustain, as you have ever been ready and forward to do, with all reasonable and just claims upon your charities, that benevolent institution the SAILOR'S HOME in Kingston. Individuals of all denominations may stand in need of assistance. The friends and relatives of all are alike liable, by the reverses of fortune, to need a "HOME" to shield them from the crimp, and the storms of this changing world; and while the spirit of cordiality and kindness is preserved, we can look forward with confidence for a blessing upon all our efforts. We would have the Society, whose object it is to rescue the Sailor's Spirit from a death of sin and prepare it for the life of angels, share the sympathy of the great; but above all would we have it share the prayers of the humble, and the good. Oh! let not the sailor cry in vain - let not the Saviour speak in vain.

A.C. Ross,

Kingston, March, 1847 Recording Secretary.

April 23, 27, 30, 1847 missing

(issues missing until May 7th)

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Argus (Kingston, ON), April 20, 1847