The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Argus (Kingston, ON), May 26, 1848

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p.2 The Passport - The mail steamer Passport, left Kingston at a quarter past seven, A.M., and arrived at Lachine at a quarter past eight, P.M., on Wednesday, making the trip in 13 hours. [Montreal Pilot]

Something New - We understand our townsman Mr. Matthew Gray had, on Friday last, the good fortune to pilot over the Long Sault, safely, the full-rigged bark Allan Gilmour, built in the Bay of Quinte the last winter, belonging to Messrs. Gilmour & Co. of Montreal, and intended to ply between Quebec and Halifax. She had on board 2,600 bbls. of flour, is of 120 feet keel, 25 feet beam, and 9 feet depth of hold. She passed Prescott with top gallant and royals set, together with main and mizzen gaff top, and although Mr. Gray had strict injunctions to pass her through the Cornwall Canal, yet he and the Captain thought they would take the slope of the Sault with all sails set, and with the exception of one slight touch in the shallowest part, scarcely felt, the feat was successfully accomplished. [Prescott Telegraph]

The Ottawa River.

The new and splendid steamer Ottawa, will be ready to take up her station in two months, and is expected to make the trip through to Carrillon in about three hours, which, by the cooperation of Messrs. MacPherson & Crane's splendid new steamer Speed, Capt. Lighhall, will afford to the inhabitants of Bytown and the Upper Ottawa the long wished for boon of being able to make the journey, between Montreal to Bytown, by daylight and in half the time the performance of the same distance until lately occupied. Travellers to the Caledonia Springs will now reach their destination early in the day, instead of, as heretofore, in the evening; in fact, there is nothing now required but the construction of a railroad to abolish that horrible jolting and imminent danger of dislocating all the bones in one's body, between Carrillon and Grenville, to complete the last link in the chain of improvement, and place travelling on the Ottawa, either for business or for the sake of viewing its beautiful scenery, on a footing as perfect as that of any route, either in this or in any other country.

When the Ottawa shall have taken her place upon the route between Lachine and Carrillon, the accommodation, as far as steamboats is concerned, will be complete to Portage du Fort, or Albertville, a distance of about 200 miles from the metroplis.

The Steamer Speed, one of the prettiest vessels on the Canadian waters, takes her place on the route between Grenville and Bytown, on Monday next. This vessel has been fitted up in the richest style, and we believe the delay in her regular trips is owing to a desire on the part of her proprietors to complete the necessary arrangements. The Steamer Emerald, plying on Lac Du Chene, is also a beautiful vessel, and the accommodations are every way complete as also the Oregon on the Chatts Lake.

What we now require to render travel upon the Ottawa a source of pleasure as well as convenience, is the construction of a railroad between Carrillon and Grenville, over the Portage, a distance of about 15 miles, and a Macadamized or Plank Road between Bytown and Aylmer..... [Bytown Packet]

Launch - Captain Gildersleeve's new Steamer was launched on Wednesday afternoon in fine style. We formerly gave her dimensions, and shall merely say here that she is one of the best built and finely modelled vessels afloat. She was named the New Era.

In the evening, Mr. Fowler, her builder, gave an excellent dinner to his workmen, and others employed on the New Era, to the number of about 50.


The New and Splendid Steamer


Will leave Kingston for Sackett's Harbor, Oswego, Rochester, Youngstown, Cleveland, Detroit, Sheboygan, Milwaukie, Racine and Southport,

on Monday Evening next, 29th inst.

For Freight or Passage, apply to


Kingston, 25th May, 1848.


Extensive Storage for Wheat, Flour, or Merchandize, at reasonable rates, can be obtained in those extensive Metal covered premises lately occupied by the Quebec Forwarding Company, and formerly known as Brown's Wharf, by application to

CUVILLIER & SONS, Montreal, or

JOHN PATTERSON & Co., Kingston.

Kingston, May 24, 1848.



From Monday next, and until further notice, the Subscribers will charge the undermentioned Rates of Freight from hence to Kingston:

Salt per Ton. 10s.

Pig Iron do. 15s.

All other Merchandize, do. 20s.



Montreal, 20th May, 1848.

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Argus (Kingston, ON), May 26, 1848