The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 20, 1847

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p.2 Oswego Harbor - We take the following statement of this Harbor, from the Oswego Daily Advertiser, as it is of importance, and may be of service to Masters of Vessels, on their first trip to Oswego:-

The officers of the U.S. Revenue Steamer Jefferson, Messrs. Fulton, Malcolm and Rankin, for whose services and liberal aid the citizens of Oswego are under great obligation, have been engaged in exploring and sounding our harbor. They have ascertained and report 13 feet of water on the spot where that portion of the east pier stood, which has been carried away. They have established three buoys on the bar, in the east channel for the guidance of vessels, and ascertained the water on the bar to be 7 1/2 feet, which is a foot more than it was last spring. The buoys indicate the east side of the channel, and vessels passing out and in by the east channel, must go west of them. Vessels drawing over 8 feet must take the west channel.

p.3 Movements of the Steamboats - On Sunday morning one of the Toronto Royal Mail Line of Steamers, the Princess Royal, Capt. Twohy, made her first appearance in Kingston Harbor, bringing down the Mail. Early on the following morning, the Henry Gildersleeve, Capt. Maxwell, made a second attempt to reach Dickinson's Landing, and was successful; for in the afternoon the Niagara, Capt. Childs, one of the American Line of Steamers, came up from Ogdensburgh, on her way to Oswego and Rochester, and reported all clear of ice below. The Canada, Capt. Lawless, left this morning with the Montreal Mail on board, and the Princess Royal left last evening for Toronto; and thus we may announce that steam navigation has fairly commenced on Lake Ontario and the River St. Lawrence.

Lake Erie - The Navigation seems to have been begun in good earnest on Lake Erie. The New Orleans, from Detroit, and the Madison, from Silver Creek, arrived at Buffalo on the 13th, with freight and passengers. The De Witt, Rochester, Clinton, Princeton, and London, left for the West. The Princeton was bound to Chicago with a large load of steerage passengers. The same day other steamers are mentioned as being nearly ready for a start. [Toronto Canadian]

Doings at Hatter's Bay - Tomorrow will be a Jubilee at the flourishing village of Portsmouth - four vessels are to be then and there launched; one of which is a fine steamer built for Messrs. Glassford & Smith.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 20, 1847