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Daily News (Kingston, ON), March 29, 1853

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p.2 Navigation - Vessels In Port - The preparations at this port for the ensuing season of navigation are very active just now, as with a continuance of the fine weather which has been experienced during the present month, the opening of the harbor cannot long be delayed. The blue waters of the lake are seen reaching inward to Four-mile point, and the ice opposite the city is no longer safe except for pedestrians.

A large number of vessels, steam and sail, have wintered over at this port, and its immediate neighborhood, and the repairing, painting, and fitting out of these gives to the harbor a lively appearance. The following is, we believe, a complete list of the steamers and schooners lying here: -


Passport, Arabian, Champion, New Era, Mayflower, Ottawa, Lord Elgin, St. Lawrence, Bay of Quinte, Novelty, Gildersleeve, Prince of Wales, Princess Victoria, Pro. Hibernia, Free Trader, Scotland, Beaver, Otter, Porcupine, Charlotte, Bytown, Pro. Western Miller, Pro. Juno, Pro. Mercury, William IV, Chieftain, Traveller, Pro. Lord Elgin, one paddle-wheel and one screw str. building.


Forwarder, Robert Emmett, Allan Gilmour, Governor, Alert, Briton, Rachael, Superior, Mohawk, Ocean, Dundee, Prince of Wales, Sorel, British Queen, Premier, Elizabeth, Erin, Marie Josephine, Mayflower, Nonsuch, and several of Calvin & Cook's vessels at Garden Island, whose names we have not ascertained. Three building, and nearly ready for launching.

The mail line on the lake will consist of the Passport, Magnet, Arabian and Maple Leaf, and these steamers will run down the river as far as Prescott, instead of making Kingston the eastern terminus of their route.

The river mail line, it is understood, will be composed of the New Era, Ottawa, St. Lawrence and Lord Elgin. These boats will run, as usual, from Kingston to Montreal; but it is rumored will leave this port in the evening instead of the morning as hitherto, and await at Prescott the arrival of the lake steamers.

The Champion, Highlander, and Mayflower, will, as we have already stated, keep up a daily communication between Cape Vincent, Kingston and Hamilton, in connection with the Rome and Cape Vincent Railway.

The Government contract for tugging on the St. Lawrence, is this year in the hands of Capt. Maxwell, a gentleman well known on, and thoroughly knowing the river. The tug line will consist of the steamers Canada, Traveller, Gildersleeve, Young Canada, Charlevoix and Chieftain - six in all - to leave Kingston and Lachine daily, in their order, thus securing to schooners arriving from the lakes and bound for Montreal or Quebec, the necessary facilities for proceeding onward to their destination without delay.

The new iron steamer Peerless arrived at the wharf in this city, towed from Niagara by the Chief Justice, on Wednesday. She is lying near Jacques & Hay's establishment where she is to receive her furniture and fittings. The appearance of the Peerless at once makes her out as a superior boat. She has a narrow, racer look, that is quite new in this region. She is certainly without a rival on the lake. [Toronto Leader]

The propeller Ogdensburgh sailed from Oswego to Toronto, not from Ogdensburgh, as stated in yesterday morning's News..

March 30, 1853


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Daily News (Kingston, ON), March 29, 1853