(from original at N.A.C.)
p.2 A New Project - should be improving carrying trade.
"At the present moment, when the utmost exertions are being made in all quarters to improve the means of transport and secure the carrying trade of the river St. Lawrence, when we see Cobourg, Toronto, Hamilton, Niagaraand the different ports on Lake Erie, each turning out their steamers for navigating the waters direct to Montreal without transhipment or the necessity of touching at Kingston, and when rumors are abroad that a portion of our forwarding companies contemplate removing their establishments to Brockville and Prescott, it is surely full time for the people to be up and doing to prevent a worse calamity befalling them than even the removal of the seat of government from the town, namely, the loss of the carrying trade to the sea, and as a port of transhipment of the merchandise and produce of the province.
To combat this evil in time it appears to us nothing is more wanting than to discard the antiquated and useless craft at present employed on the route between here and Montreal, and in lieu to call a class of steamers and barges into existence by which the transit of produce between these ports will be conducted cheaply, safely and with dispatch.
At this critical juncture we are happily provided with a scheme, prepared some months ago by an individual of the town, who has been long and intimately connected with the forwarding business for the establishment of a steam tug and forwarding company in the place, which scheme we submit to our readers, and we apprehend that if carried into operation will put all other competition out of the question."
The Weather - some steamers still running, others laying up.
Capt. Duff of prop. Adventure killed at Youngstown.
p.3 Wolf Island Steam Ferry Company - The 4th instalment of the Stock in this Company, is hereby called in, payable on or before 10th January, 1848.
THOMAS KIRKPATRICK, Treasurer.
Kingston, Dec. 16, 1847.
Project of a Steam Tug and Forwarding Company between Kingston and Montreal - a proposed joint stock company - signed by Kirkpatrick, Counter, Gildersleeve, and John A. Macdonald and others; gives estimated expences of building three steam tugs of 60 horse power, 9 covered barges to each hold 1500 barrels; also gives estimate of expenditure and earnings for one season.