The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston News (Kingston, ON), April 3, 1845

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p.1 The Lake Fisheries - A Propeller on Superior, etc. - The propeller Vandalia is actually to be carried over the Sault, and placed in commission on Lake Superior. A Boston house has obtained the Government contract to supply the Post in that quarter; and as dispatch and promptness must characterize every movement in which United States property is concerned, the most feasible plan for the contractors is to launch over the propeller, instead of consuming time in building one above the Falls. An extensive and formidable post embracing the necessary buildings, both of comfort and defence, are to be put up immediately, and the Vandalia will be in constant requisition; and in conjunction with the Schooner Algonquin, already on Superior - the new brig getting out by Mr. Newberry at Detroit, together with the Schooner Swallow, now awaiting the first opportunity to be launched over, cannot fail to give a fresh and vigorous impetus to the trade and fisheries of that hitherto neglected region. The fisheries of the western and northwestern lakes form one of the most prominent peculiarities of our inland region. Abundant, easily taken, and of fine flavour, they have been a permanent and substantial source of relief to the aboriginal angler as well as to those who have usurped his early homestead and hunting grounds. From the brink of Niagara's precipice to the remotest inlet of Superior's broad sheet, fish of the most delicious flavor abound, and the first Europeans who visited the lakes were among their greatest admirers. Around Isle Royal, which rears its rocky, time-beaten palisades beyond Copper Harbor on Lake Superior, is found sisquette, trout, and white-fish of extraordinary size; and at Whitefish Point, some 40 miles above the Sault, may always be caught the largest and best variety of whitefish to be found in our waters, which of all others seem to be the most esteemed, for the richness and delicacy of their flavor, eliciting a universal acquiescence in the opinion advanced by Charlevoix, about a century and a half ago, "that whether fresh or salted, nothing of the fish kind can excel it." A certain portion of Lake Huron, between Drummond's Island and the North Canadian channel, is noted for trout, and indeed almost all the deep waters from Detroit to the Straits of Mackinaw, are good fishing grounds for this variety.

p.2 Controversy between Oswego and Buffalo over canal tolls now before State Legislature.

p.3 The Steamer Sovereign has commenced running between Toronto and Kingston, twice a week.

Railroad Communication Between Kingston & New York - much about Kingston as a transhipment centre; a letter from Smith Bartlett of Cape Vincent, who thinks that a proposed railroad from Cape Vincent to Rome, N.Y. will not harm Kingston's lake trade. (full column)

Schooner For Sale, By Auction.

Will be sold at public sale, on the premises, at Molson's Wharf, on Monday, 7th March (sic) inst.,


capable of carrying 950 barrels of Flour, or 7000 staves. The Cataraqui is in good sailing trim, with new Mainsail, Standing and Flying Jibs, etc. and if the purchaser pleases, will receive full employment during the season from Messrs. Calvin, Cook & Co. Terms made known at sale.

Sale at 12 o'clock, noon.

J. Linton, A. & B.

Kingston, 2nd April, 1845.

NOTICE - THE STEAMER CANADA, Capt. Lawless, will, until further notice, leave Kingston for Prescott Daily, at 6 A.M., touching at Gananoque, Brockville and Maitland; commencing on Wednesday the 2nd inst.

Wm. Meneilley, Agent.

Steam Boat Office, Kingston. 1st April, 1845.

NOTICE - As the LACHINE CANAL will not be navigable until after 1st May, the undersigned give notice that all Property sent to their Warehouses at Kingston or elsewhere, previous to that date, for transmission to Montreal or Quebec, will only be received on the express stipulation and understanding hereby conveyed, that it will be at the Owner's risk, and subject to the Undersigned as Warehousemen, for the following rates of Storage, viz:-

Flour per barrel, 3d.

Pork and Beef do. 4d.

Ashes, do. 6d.

Wheat or other grain, per bushel 1/2 d.

Other things in proportion.




QUEBEC FORWARDING CO'Y per Alex. Ferguson, Agt.

S. HILLIARD, Agt. Pioneer S. B. Co.


18th March, 1845.

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Kingston News (Kingston, ON), April 3, 1845