The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Spectator (Kingston, ON), Jan. 5, 1837

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We have been politely furnished by Mr. E. Kimberly, of the Custom House in this city, with a statement of the whole amount of tonnage of American vessels engaged in the navigation of Lake Erie - of the amount owned at Buffalo - the number of arrivals and departures at our port, etc. - from which we make up the following particulars:

Number of Vessels Tons

39 Steamboats, aggregate tonnage, 10,200

3 Ships, " " 800

6 Brigs, " " 1,046

147 schrs. & sloops " " 13,250

195 Vessels 25,296

Increase since last year, about 6,500

Besides these there are building, at different ports on the lake, thirteen steamboats of the largest class, besides numerous other vessels, all of which will be ready to come out early the next season.

Tonnage of Buffalo - Of the above 195 vessels there are belonging to the port of Buffalo

13 Steamboats

3 Ships

3 Brigs

65 Schooners and Sloops

74 Vessels - aggregate tonnage about 9000.

There are two steamboats now on the stocks here, of 500 and 700 tons, which will be completed by the commencement of navigation in the spring.

Arrivals & Clearances - The whole number of arrivals at our port, during the year 1836, was of Steamboats 810

Clearances of same 810 Total 1620

The average admeasurement of these boats was 280 tons - making an aggregate of 453,600 tons.

During the same period there were arrivals of Ships, Brigs, Schrs., and Sloops - 1,047

Clearances of same - 1,047 - Total 2,094

Average tonnage, 90; amounting in all to 188,460 tons.

Total tonnage 642,060

The whole number of days of navigation this season was 216. Dividing the tonnage by this number it will show an average equal to 300 tons arriving at and departing from our port every day.

Passengers - The total number of passengers for the season will be above one hundred and eight thousand.

From the foregoing data, limited as they are, some estimate may be formed of the great advantage of our city in a commercial point of view; and as scarcely a tithe of the great resources and energies of the vast country beyond us are yet devolved; and as the trade and commerce of our great inland seas, are, as it were, but just commenced; who shall designate as wild and utopian even the most sanguine anticipation of the friends of Buffalo? The facts above given are before the public. The intelligent and candid can draw their own conclusion. [Buffalo Journal]

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Kingston Spectator (Kingston, ON), Jan. 5, 1837