Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 17, 1864
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Steamboating On Lake Ontario for 1865

There are indications that important changes will be made in the running of the Lake Ontario lines next season. And these changes will enure greatly to the benefit of this port. It is proposed to have the Royal Mail Line take our port in the route of its steamers. A gentleman connected with the Company was in town recently looking the ground over for this purpose. The Royal Mail Line consists of six fine upper cabin steamers, all of iron, and most of them new. They have run the present season between Hamilton and Montreal, calling at Toronto and some of the Canadian ports intermediate between that place and Kingston. They take pleasure travellers from Niagara Falls in the morning to Toronto by a steamer from Lewiston and transfer them there to the Montreal steamer.

If the route of this line is changed the boats will run from Hamilton to Toronto, thence direct to Rochester and from this port to Kingston, without landing, and thence go to Montreal, calling at the river ports, as heretofore. Cobourg, Port Hope and the other ports between Toronto and Kingston will be left out of the route. The advantages of the proposed route to the public will be direct connection between Hamilton, Toronto and Rochester. Passengers from all the West and from Niagara Falls, who arrive here by the evening trains can take one of these steamers at our docks the same evening, arrive at Kingston early the next morning and go through to Montreal the same day without change of boat. It will be a direct through line from Rochester to Montreal, without change, and by the shortest route. Passengers may then leave the Falls or Buffalo as late as 6 p.m., take the boat here and reach Montreal early the next evening. The boats may leave this port for Kingston direct at 9 p.m. and get there as early as is desirable in the morning.

A glance at the map will show that the distance between Toronto and Kingston via the Genesee River is but little, if any further, than by the north shore, if the steamer call at four or five of the ports there. By calling at one port only, it would be made in less time. The Royal Mail Company will find it to their advantage to run their boat to this port and the comfort of travellers will be greatly promoted thereby. Western travellers going down the St. Lawrence will to a great extent make this their port of embarkation. After a day's journey in the cars they will take a steamer here to night and rise in the morning refreshed and ready to enjoy the fine scenery of the St. Lawrence. It will be for the interest of the Central Railroad to make close connections with these boats and the influence of that company at the West would be given to bring passengers at this point to go down the Lake.

If the American Company continue to run their steamers as heretofore, there will then be a route to the St. Lawrence by Oswego and Sackett's Harbor. The increased facilities afforded by two lines will probably benefit both. [Rochester Union]

p.3 Imports - 16th - Str Bay of Quinte, Belleville, general cargo.

Barge John Munn, Montreal, 181 tons pig iron, E Wilmot & Co.

17th - Barge America, Montreal, Fraser & George, 87 boiler plates, 50 bdls sheet iron, 6 anvils, 1 bag nails; Glassford & Jones, 578 bars railroad iron; J M Miller, 10 bbls pitch; E Wilmot & Co, 10 bbls fire clay; J Kerr, 126 tons coal; Thompson, Roux & Co, 11 tons pig iron, 4 tons old car wheels.

Str Magnet, Montreal, general cargo.

Prop Avon, Hamilton, McKelvey & Birch, 1 lot stoves; Fraser & George, 1 lot stoves, 10 kegs powder; E H Parker, 10 bbls oil; E Berry, 8054 bus wheat, en route to Ottawa.

Str Ottawa, Montreal, Jas Harty, 5 cases whisky, 40 do gin, 25 bags rice, 10 cases pickles, 11 hhds sugar, 60 bxs raisins, 5 bbls currants, 25 bxs soap, 25 bxs tobacco, 5 hhds sugar, 25 bdls codfish, 30 cses cigars; Jas Brown & Co, 5 bxs starch, 60 bxs soap.

Str Watertown, Cape Vincent, (mixed cargo)

Str Ontario, Ogdensburgh, G S Hobart, 2 bbls, 1 bx g ware; E H Todd, 1 bdl apples.

Schr Challenge, Oswego, M Morrison, 67 sacks , 32 bags corn meal, 4 bbls cracked corn; E Genge, 1 basket pears, 100 bbls apples.

Str Champlain, Montreal, Glassford & Jones, 2700 bars railroad iron.

Schr Billow, Oswego, F Tutton, 50 tons coal.

Clearances - 16th - Prop Indian, Montreal, general cargo.

Prop Whitby, Hamilton, do.

Str Ottawa, Toronto.

Schr Harriet Ann, Bath.

17th - Str Ottawa, Dickenson's Landing.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 17, 1864