The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 23, 1850

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p.2 Important to Ship Masters - Instructions have been received at all the Customs Houses in Canada, to compel masters of vessels to report inwards and outwards, and to obtain clearances previous to departure. This practice hitherto has been confined to vessels coming from or touching at Foreign Ports, but for the future, coasting vessels will have to submit to the same regulation. A Steamer leaving Kingston for Bytown, via the Rideau Canal, will have to go through the same form as a steamer or schooner trading to Rochester. She will have to leave a copy of her manifest at the Customs House, previous to departure, and do the same thing immediately on her return - the master taking all the necessary oaths. No vessel less than ten tons burden will be allowed even to coast. The stringency of these rules will entail very considerable labor on the Customs House Clerks, and be a serious impediment in the way of business, since should a vessel take out her clearance at the latest hour the office is open, and delay her departure for a few hours, she would not be permitted to take on board an additional package of freight.

Opposition On The River - Rumor has it that the steamers Fashion and St. Lawrence will form an opposition line on the River St. Lawrence during the coming season. We put no faith in the rumor.

The Command on the Lakes - The future commandant on the lakes, Lieut. Herbert, R.N., has arrived in Kingston, from Penetanguishene to receive instructions from Lieut. Davies, R.N. previous to his departure, who pays off H.M.S. Cherokee on the 25th inst. and takes his ship's company home to England. The armed iron steamer Mohawk now at Penetanguishene, will come down to Kingston so soon as the navigation opens, and do that port duty here which she formerly did in the days of Commander Fowell. The family of Lieut. Herbert came with him, and are temporarily staying at the British American Hotel.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 23, 1850