p.3 The Cape Route - The str. Pierrepont went to Cape Vincent yesterday by way of the foot of the Island. Owing to the high wind the return trip was not made until 2 o'clock this morning. The boat brought back a large quantity of freight. About a mile of ice was encountered at the foot of Wolfe Island.
The Str. Norseman's Overhauling - Mr. Fisher expected to launch the str. Norseman this afternoon, having given her a thorough overhauling since she was docked on 5th Dec. last. When her repairs above water are completed and the painting is done she will look better than ever. The travelling public along her line of route may well feel happy that they can have in her such comfortable and commodious accommodations. A glance at her inside hull should convince any one of the enviable reputation she has gained of being one of the best seaboats running on Lake Ontario. Besides having the ordinary arches, staunchions, and fastenings, she is provided with iron arches placed between timbers and planking, and two arches that run from stem to stern, on each side of the boiler and engine, being kneed to the deck and hull and fastened with strong bolts. Her bottom has been renewed where it had been chafed on the rocks during the time she was ashore at Oshawa, and the whole surface coated with coal tar, which has a tendency to prevent the growth of moss and at the same time hardens the planking. The repairing and overhauling has been done under the superintendence of Mr. Geo. Menary.
Whats The News? - sloop Empress takes coal to Wolfe Island. "Her cargo is a discharge from the schooner Erie Belle, which laid up here last November."
Our Fathers - Where Are They? - discussion of long boats during war of 1812, used in upper gap to hound Americans. [Belleville Ontario]
Very Remarkable Weather - in 1837 it was similar; str. Cobourg made 2 trips to Toronto after Christmas.