(from original at Ontario Archives)
Steamer Brockville - The Stockholders of the Steamer Brockville are hereby Notified that a dividend of One Pound two Shillings and six pence, per share, is now payable by
James Fraser, Treasurer.
Kingston, March 6th, 1846.
Lake Commerce - In 1845, there were 17 vessels, of 4,598 tons, built on Lake Ontario; and between Buffalo and Chicago, 48 vessels of 10,207 tons. In all the lakes, save Champlain, 65 vessels of 15,000 tons, costing $85,000. In the last five years, there were built above Niagara Falls 180 vessels, costing $2,500,000. Of these, 31 were steamers and 4 propellers. In the whole lake trade there are 60 steamboats, 20 propellers, 50 brigs, and 270 schooners; making 400 vessels of 80,000 tons, costing $4,000,000. There are now building on the stocks between Chicago and Buffalo, 10 steamers, 12 propellers, and 12 sailing vessels - 34 in all. There are 6000 active seamen on these lakes, and their commerce the past season has been all of $125,000,000.