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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 22, 1852

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p.2 Navigation - A number of vessels, steam and sail, have entered or left this harbor during the last two days. The steamer Cataract, (American,) arrived on Tuesday evening, from Ogdensburgh; the Maple Leaf yesterday morning from Toronto, and the Mayflower from Ogdensburgh and Prescott. The New Era, Mayflower, and Reindeer (freight), have gone up the lake. Nearly all the schooners which wintered here and at Garden Island have also gone westward for freights, and have had the advantage of a steady north-easter.

Toronto - The steamer City of Toronto, which arrived at Gorrie's Wharf, on Friday the 16th inst., at about 5 o'clock, p.m., was much injured about 2 o'clock, a.m. on the following morning, by the floating ice in the bay, some of which drifted between her and the wharf, and forced her from her moorings; in consequence of which she received some damage. Her starboard gunwales were staved in; part of her starboard tiller was carried away, and her paddle wheels were injured. The ice floating out on Saturday so blocked up the mouth of the bay, that a number of schooners outside were unable to get in. It seems that the floating ice also injured the wharf at the Water Works, and displaced several of the beams. [Colonist of Monday]

The Welland Canal is now open, and about twenty vessels passed through it, upwards, on the 13th instant.

Potatoes are being received at Ogdensburgh by railroad for shipment west. The schooner William is taking in a large lot.

Opening of Navigation - "When may we expect a Steamer in Picton," is a question that we have heard anxiously asked by scores during the past week. We visited the bay today, (Monday) for the purpose of answering the very natural queries of our friends and took some pains to find out the state of the ice in other parts of the bay. We learn that the Long Reach is clear of ice, the same may be said of a considerable portion of the bay below and above Davenport's Ferry on the North side of Grassy Point. But down this way further, say from Thompson's Point, or a little this side, the bay is firmly sealed up, with the exception of here and there an air-hole, and a relaxation of the ice's hold on the shores. At Picton the harbor is clear from the bridge to the point a little below the steam-boat wharf. - Thence from the Steam Mill there appears another open space running towards the McDougall estate. There is a large space, we believe, open at the Stone Mills. But further down on Fifthtown point, we were informed by a gentleman on Thursday last, that footmen up to that time, were crossing. At Kingston the ice is gradually wearing itself out, but is yet strong enough to successfully resist the attempts of steamers to force their way through it into clear water. The wind is now blowing hard from the North East, and we presume it is doing a good business in the way of breaking up the ice. By some means or other a report has reached here, that if the ice will permit a steamer will come up from Kingston on Monday, the 26th inst. The ice once out we presume the whole fleet of boats will be on the bay without delay, as there has been any amount of time to make the necessary preparations. But it is very uncertain whether we will have a boat before the latter part of next week. [Picton Sun, Tuesday]

The Earl Cathcart - This fine propeller, built and formerly owned in Canada, has lately been condemned by the United States Court for the Detroit District, for a violation of the Revenue laws, and will hereafter become an American bottom, by operation of law. She is now lying at the wharves in Detroit and is fitting up for the season to run between that port and the lower lakes.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 22, 1852