The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Argus (Kingston, ON), Aug. 4, 1848

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Steamboat Monopolists Again.

We believed that the steamboat monopolists on Lake Ontario were improving in their behaviour. The public had not had occasion to find fault more than two or three times during the present season, and then their delinquicies were not very grievous. We might have been certain that this state of things would not last long, and the monopolists appear determined to make up for lost time. On Friday last, much disappointment was expressed at the non-arrival of the Princess Royal, with the English Mail on board. She usually reaches port about 11 or 12 o'clock a.m., but on this occasion, it was about 5 p.m.

On making inquiry, we discovered the cause of the delay; the Fashion was coming up the River with 300 emigrants on board, and the Capt. of the Princess Royal waited for no less than five hours in Kingston after the Mail was put on board, in order to secure these passengers. The Magnet being the next boat, belonging to different owners, sufficiently explains the anxiety to forward them that night.

If the delay had been confined to Toronto, it would have been bad enough, but the Eclipse for Hamilton, was delayed with its passengers till nearly six o'clock, in order, we suppose, that the Magnet, which left for that place next morning, might not have the advantage of carrying the emigrants even that distance. We do not remember, on any other occasion, of the Hamilton boat being detained for the arrival from Kingston.

The people of Toronto were deprived of their communications from below for six hours, and they were prevented from answering them by that day's boat: the people of Hamilton and Niagara were similarly circumstanced, & nearly every other place to the westward, was deprived of mail communication for a whole day, the most important letters, perhaps involving things of life or death, and the happiness or misery of many persons, were delayed, and, perhaps, rendered useless, and all that Mr. Bethune might take a few dollars from the money box of a rival.

We are glad to find that the object of the monopolists is likely to be defeated. Their fault brings its own punishment, and it appears certain that in the end they will make a loss, as is generally the case with all evil doers. The contract with the Post Office, to deliver the Mail within a certain time, was broken; the penalty for the infraction is, we are informed, £25 for every hour behind; 4 hours at this rate, would make £100, which any one can set against the passage money of 300 emigrants at 6s. 3d. a head, the number the Fashion brought up, and then calculate the Monopolists' profits from their sharp practice. [Globe]

p.3 Sailing Match - Today a match is coming off between the Sans Souci and the Golden Arrow. The boats started at 11 o'clock, from the Martello Tower, and will sail around the Upper Brother Island, nine miles distant, and back, making 18 miles altogether. A stiff southerly breeze is blowing. A short time after starting the Sans Souci carried away her foresail halyards, which considerably diminishes her chance.

The Sans Souci has won.

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Rick Neilson
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Argus (Kingston, ON), Aug. 4, 1848