The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), June 7, 1848

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p.2 The North Channel of the Long Sault - This channel was successfully navigated on the morning of the first of June, by the steamer George Frederick, commanded by Captain Sawyer, under the management and superintendency of Messrs. Adam Hanes and W. Hoople, of Dickenson's Landing. The boat left the Landing at 7 A.M., and arrived at the wharf at Cornwall, after making the run of 12 miles in perfect ease and safety, in the space of 25 minutes. Messrs. A. Kezar and J.E. Dixson came down on her from the Landing, and they, together with the Captain & Pilots, appear convinced that this channel has a great depth of water, and is far preferable to that on the South side of Long Sault Island for large Steamers. The George Frederick is a new boat about the size of the Henry Gildersleeve. She drew at the time of making the passage about 5' of water, and came down the rapids with a full head of steam. [Cornwall Observer]

New Trade - The Propeller Ireland.

We yesterday had the pleasure of mentioning the arrival of the first cargo of ore from the Bruce Mines. We have today to record the opening of another channel for Canadian trade. - The Ireland, a steamer of about 300 tons burden is now chartered, and will on Monday sail on Monday from this port direct for Chicago, with a cargo of St. Ubes salt. The charterers are Messrs. Young, Holmes, and Knapp, and we understood that they propose to forward some oil, brandy and other articles out of bond by the same vessel, by way of an experiment on the markets of the Far West. - There will be some salt fish among her cargo - of which we understand a large quantity is consumed in Michigan and the neighboring States, which has hitherto been sent by way of New Orleans, and the Mississippi. It is unnecessary to point out the advantage of the St. Lawrence route over the southern one for that species of Merchandise. There can be no doubt, that with the forwarding facilities now possessed by our mercantile community, the whole of this branch of trade must accrue to us. The vessels which come here with fish from the Lower Ports, will of course always meet with cargoes of provisions for the return voyage. In this enterprize, as in so many others, the hand of the unskilful legislator is perceived in the injury of the merchant. Mr. Christie's exertions in favor of his oriental constituents, have saddled the importer of cod or mackerel from Nova Scotian ports with a duty, whch, we believe, exceeds 75 %. The late intercolonial acts will, however, set this to rights. The steamer, besides the usual articles of produce, will, we are told, bring down a number of live cattle. [Herald]

The Schooner Pomona - On last Wednesday week, as the Pomona was on her way from Port Dalhousie to Kingston, freighted with timber, she was struck by a sudden squall from the West, while off the Light House at Toronto Point, and thrown on her beam ends. She remained in this very dangerous way for about fifteen minutes, when the exertions of Capt. Young and crew were successful in righting the vessel. Two very valuable horses were lost overboard, as well as some heavy timber which was on deck; the Cabin windows were washed away, and also several articles out of the cabin. We are informed that the Pomona was sailing under a steady east wind at the time. [Hamilton Gazette]

p.3 Steamer City of Toronto - On Sunday morning during a thick fog, and with a very heavy gale from the south-east, the steamer City of Toronto, on her way from Kingston, went ashore outside the Peninsula a little to the westward of Privat's. The fog was so dense that it was impossible to see the length of the vessel, and Captain Gordon therefore kept her only under such steam as was required to steer her, and had two leads constantly going. As soon as the circumstance was known, two steamers were dispatched to her assistance, and afterwards a third. Owing to the severity of the weather she was not got off until about 6 p.m., and about seven she was able to "up steam" - and soon reached her berth in the harbor. She did not sustain any damage and proceeded in her tour of duty yesterday morning. [Patriot]

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Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), June 7, 1848