The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), April 15, 1848

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p.2 Two Steamers designed for freightage over the lakes and river have been started during the past few days - the Commerce, owned by Messrs. Macpherson & Crane, and the Dawn, by H. & S. Jones & Co. These vessels are expected to carry between 2500 and 3,000 barrels of Flour from any of the Western ports and deliver their cargoes, without breaking bulk, at Lachine or Montreal. The latter of these boats passed upwards on Wednesday morning, but we did not see her. The Commerce has, however, proved herself a fast boat, and we are inclined to believe will fairly test the experiment with regard to the use of steam in connection with the lake and river forwarding trade. We are certainly disposed to doubt the success of the experiment, but we shall not fail to view with satisfaction every effort to reduce to the lowest possible figure the cost of transportation over our inland waters. The steamers Ireland, Scotland, England, Cathcart, Dawn and Commerce, each of them over 2000 barrels burthen, are now engaged in the trade, and two or three more will shortly be added; and these will afford a sufficient test of the question at issue, especially as, on the other hand, an equally large class of schooners and barges is now being substituted for the small craft which were in vogue some two or three years ago.

The Navigation - Today the regular operations of the Lake and River mail lines of steamers commence. During the week the Canada and Gildersleeve have kept up a daily communication with Dickenson's Landing. We hear it stated that the Magnet is to assume the place of the Sovereign in the Lake mail line for this season. The Bay boats are engaged in regular trips.

p.3 Another Steamboat - J.B. Ewart, Esq., is building a fine new Boat at Dundas, to be called the Britannia, which is to be commanded by Capt. John Gordon, formerly of the Eclipse. The Britannia, we understand, is to ply between Hamilton and Montreal. [Toronto Globe]

Desjardines Canal - annual meeting of stockholders held on 3rd, elected directors. [Hamilton Sentinel]

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Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), April 15, 1848