The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Argus (Kingston, ON), April 14, 1848

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p.3 The Dawn - The Messrs. Jones & Co's new freight steamer Dawn, passed upwards on Wednesday last. The Dawn is very capacious, (calculated to carry 2,500 to 3,000 bbls. Flour) and has proved herself a fast boat. She is commanded by Capt. Johnson, favorably known on the Bay and River when in charge of the Albion.

The Commerce - Messrs. McPherson, Crane & Co's new freight steamer Commerce has started on her first trip. We have already noticed the dimensions of this fine vessel. Like the Dawn, she is calculated to pass through all the Canals, with a freight equal to 3,000 bbls. flour. She promises to be a swift vessel of her class.


The steamer Eclipse now plies daily (Sundays excepted) between Toronto and Hamilton. She leaves Hamilton at half-past seven in the morning, and returning, leaves Toronto at 2 in the afternoon.

The Steamer Telegraph commenced running between Hamilton and Lewiston on Monday. She leaves Hamilton at 7, morning, and returning, leaves Lewiston at 2, afternoon.

The steamer Chief Justice Robinson plies daily (Sunday excepted) between Toronto and Niagara. She leaves Toronto at half-past 7 in the morning, and returning, leaves Lewiston and Queenston at one in the afternoon.

The Steamer America plies twice a week between Toronto and Rochester, touching at Cobourg and other ports. She leaves Toronto on Wednesday and Saturday mornings at eleven o'clock, and leaves Rochester every Monday and Thursday evenings. The Genesee Chief, a fine steamer of 500 tons, will soon be placed on this route.

The Toronto and Kingston line will commence their regular trips for the season next week; at present they run, as the Printers say, semi-occasionally. We understand that the Magnet has been douceured, and will take her place in the Royal mail line in room of the Sovereign, which is to be held in reserve for emergencies by the monopoly. The fare is not to be $3 this season, as the public were justified in expecting, but $4, the old price.

J.B.Ewart, Esq., is building a fine new Boat at Dundas, to be called the Britannia, which is to be commanded by Capt. John Gordon, formerly of the Eclipse. The Britannia, we understand, is to ply between Hamilton and Montreal.

H. & S. Jones, of Brockville, have just finished there, a very fine new Steamer called the Dawn. She is intended for the same route as the Britannia, but carries no cabin passengers.

Hooker Holton & Co. are building a remarkably fine steamer at Montreal, for the forwarding trade, which will be launched immediately, and be ready for the season's trade.

In the same yard there is another steamer on the stocks, built to order of Hillyard & Walker. It is similar to that of Hooker Holton & Co. [Globe]

(The River Royal Mail Line will commence their regular trips next week. Since Monday last the Gildersleeve and Canada have been plying daily between Kingston and Dickinson's Landing. The Bay of Quinte steamers Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria, have commenced their regular trips, leaving Kingston on the same days and at the same hour as last year.)


The subscribers intend running their

New and Powerful Steamer


regularly between Montreal, Toronto and Hamilton, and believe she will be able to make three full trips per month. It is expected she will carry from 2,000 to 2,500 bbls. of Flour, all under cover, and on her upward trips, about 200 tons Merchandize.

Their establishments at Kingston and Brockville will be conducted as heretofore, and as soon as the new schedule of Canal Tolls is promulgated, will be prepared to name their Rates of Freight for the ensuing season.

H. JONES & Co., Montreal.

H. & S. JONES, Kingston.

H. & S. JONES & Co., Brockville.

April 14th, 1848.




Grenville Route.

The Low Pressure Steamer


Capt. W. Bell.

Will ply during the ensuing season between Kingston and Bytown, and vice versa, twice a week as follows, leaving Kingston every Tuesday and Friday morning, after the arrival of the Lake Mail Steamers, and from Bytown every Wednesday and Saturday evening, after the arrival of the Speed from Grenville:


Will leave Kingston at 9 A.M.

Kingston Mills 10 A.M.

Upper Brewer's 12 M.

Jones' Falls 2 P.M.

Isthmus 5 P.M.

Oliver's Ferry 8 P.M.

Smith's Falls 10 P.M.

Kilmarnock 12 M.

Merrickville 2 A.M.

Burritt's Rapids 5 A.M.

Beckett's Landing 6 A.M.

Long Island 9 P.M.

and arrive in Bytown 12 Noon.


Will leave Bytown at 9 P.M.

Long Island 12 M.

Beckett's Landing 3 A.M. next day

Burritt's 4 A.M.

Merrickville 7 A.M.

Kilmarnock 8 A.M.

Smith's Falls 10 A.M.

Oliver's Ferry 1 P.M.

Isthmus 4 P.M.

Jones' Falls 7 P.M.

Upper Brewer's 9 P.M.

Kingston Mills 11 P.M.

and arrive in Kingston 12 M.

By this arrangement a daylight view may be had of all the best scenery and principal Locks and Villages on the Line.


Kingston, April 14th, 1848.

(missing issues until April 28th)

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Argus (Kingston, ON), April 14, 1848