The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 18, 1845

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In days of yore vessels of the largest class - men of war of 100 guns - floated and sailed on Lake Ontario, but of recent peaceable days, nothing larger than a three masted schooner has been made use of for commercial purposes until this spring. The new ship Eleanora, barque rigged, of full 700 tons burden, sailed from Kingston for Niagara, to be there docked, on Wednesday last. This very substantial vessel is the property of Mr. James McKenzie, (son of the late Capt. McKenzie, of the old Frontenac,) who, having purchased the hull of the steamer Great Britain, at much pains and expense fitted her out for the Lake Timber Trade. The speculation must prove fortunate, for such is the capacious burden of the Eleanora, that a very few trips along the Lake will repay the expenditure, and three years business has been engaged before hand.

A Supper was given by Mr. James McKenzie, on Tuesday evening last, at Mr. Lyman Phillips' Commercial Hotel, to commemorate the fitting out of the fair Eleanora. About forty persons, chiefly composed of those employed on the occasion, sat down to a most excellent supper. The head of the table was taken by Capt. Mathew Hunter, Ship Chandler, and the foot was occupied by the host himself. After the cloth was removed, and Her Majesty had been toasted, "The health of Mr. James McKenzie, and success to his enterprise," was given from the chair, and received by the company with much enthusiasm. Several other toasts were drunk, including the health of Mr. Proby, the Sail Maker, to whom Mr. James McKenzie is much indebted for his services. The sailing of the Eleanora is an event in the annals of Kingston.

Steamer Canada - It has been thought proper by the owner of this fine vessel, although but slightly injured, to have her taken out on the Marine Railway and properly examined. This was done yesterday, and on Monday next she will resume the business on the River.

The Navigation - The Lake Ontario Royal Mail Steamers commence their regular daily trips today, leaving Kingston for Toronto at 7 o'clock in the evening instead of 8 as formerly. The American Steamers Lady of the Lake and Oneida, are plying regularly between Rochester and Ogdensburgh, touching at this port. The new bark Eleanora left the Custom House wharf yesterday evening, on her first trip, under a tremendous spread of canvass, and amidst the cheering of a vast crowd, collected to witness her departure. She is indeed a beautiful vessel, and by far the largest afloat on our inland waters. The Bay boats are making daily trips between Kingston and Belleville.

p.3 Lake Superior Copper - ....At present the Algonquin ?, taken from this port and at great labor and expense conveyed around the Sault Ste. Marie and launched upon Lake Superior several years ago by the Cleveland Company, of which Mr. M. was the master spirit, is now the only American vessel afloat on that lake. Additional shipping will be put upon the lake this season, the schooner Swallow having already left this port for Lake Superior. The small schooner Chippewa is also destined for that lake, and a fine craft is building at Detroit for the same destination. The report that the propeller Vandalia would be taken round the Sault is incorrect. [Cleveland Herald]




Will commence their regular trips on Friday next, the 18th inst.

Downwards From Toronto to Kingston

Sovereign, Captain Sutherland, every Monday and Thursday at noon.

City of Toronto, Captain Dick, every Tuesday and Friday, at noon.

Princess Royal, Captain Colcleugh, every Wednesday and Saturday, at noon.

Upwards From Kingston to Toronto.

Princess Royal, Capt. Colcleugh, every Monday and Thursday evening at 7 o'clock.

Sovereign, Capt. Sutherland, every Tuesday and Friday evening, at 7 o'clock.

City of Toronto, Capt. Dick, every Wednesday and Saturday evening, at 7 o'clock.

The above steamers will call regularly at Cobourg and Port Hope (weather permitting) and on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, on their downward trip, at Windsor Harbour, Darlington and Bond Head.

Parcels and luggage at the risk of the owners, unless booked and paid for as freight.

The Proprietors will not hold themselves responsible for damage to Goods by accidental fire or collision with other vessels, in addition to the ordinary exemption from liability. Money parcels at the risk of the owners thereof.

Royal Mail Steam Packet Office, Front Street, Toronto, 14th April, 1845.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 18, 1845