The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Argus (Kingston, ON), May 15, 1849

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p.3 Schooner California - This fine Lake & River schooner belonging to McPherson & Crane, arrived in our Harbour on Thursday morning on her 1st trip from Lake Erie to Montreal, and left the same day for her Port of Destination, with the largest load that has yet gone down the River, consisting of 10,212 bushels of Wheat.

We were pleased to see the activity which prevails on the Canal, in the completion of the public works, under the direction of Mr. Killaly. At the Aquaduct, we noticed operations to finish what remains undone. In the Swamp they were all alive. The New Cut is a noble piece of work, and we hope to see it brought into requisition before the season closes. If superior abilities, and untiring exertions will accomplish this purpose, it will be done under the management of the present Superintendent of the Canal.

Opening very early, there has been a larger traffic through it up to the end of April, than to the same date in any former year. In 1847 the number of vessels through, at that time, was 185, and in '48, 144. The number, this year, was 196; of which 147 were bound for American and 49 to Canadian ports; 112 of the former and 31 of the latter proceeding upwards.

[St. Catherines Journal]


The Undersigned having established a Line of Steam Tug Boats, to ply between Lachine and Prescott, and vice versa, for the purpose of towing Vessels and Barges, navigating the St. Lawrence River and Canals, three Steam Boats will leave Lachine upwards, three times a week, viz.: Leaving Lachine,


every Monday, Wednesday & Friday, at 6 o'clock A.M.

Leave Dickenson's Landing every Monday, Wednesday & Friday, at 6 o'clock A.M.


Will leave Prescott for Lachine, every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday.

The above Line will be continued between Prescott and Kingston.

Government Tariff for Towing.

For Vessels of 100 Tons and under 1s. per mile Downwards, and 2s. per mile Upwards.

For Vessels of 200 Tons and under, 1s. 4d. per mile Downwards, and 2s. 8d. per mile Upwards.

For Vessels of 200 to 300 Tons and over to the capacity of the largest Vessel that can pass through the Welland Canal, 2s. per mile Downwards, and 4s. per mile upwards.

In addition to the above the undersigned subjoin the following modified Tariff for the Towage of



Light Barges 100 Tons & under 1s. 3d. per m.

" " 200 " " 1s. 6d. "


Light Barges 50 to 100 Tons, 9d. per mile

" " 100 to 200 Tons, 1s. "

Where Barges arre Towed only from Dickenson's Landing to Prescott, not having been towed below or above, 50 to 100 Tons 2s. 6d. per mile; 100 to 200 Tons, 4s. per mile.


Kingston, May 14, 1849.


The Undersigned are prepared to forward Produce and Merchandize to and from Kingston, Montreal and Quebec, with an efficient Stock of Steamers and Barges.

Property consigned to our Agent, John H. Greer, will receive every despatch.


Kingston, May 14, 1849.

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Argus (Kingston, ON), May 15, 1849