The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 24, 1855

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p.2 St. George's Society (part) - "...Subsequently, the procession was reformed, and moved on to the foot of William Street, where all embraced in it went on board the new ship Eliza Mary, those who were not tee-totallers taking a glass of wine with the hospitable Captain. The ship was, in land-lubber's language, "dressed from top to toe" with flags in honor of the day. The American flag floated from the fore, while at the peak the French and English Ensigns floated and folded together with the play of a light breeze. Capt. Gaskin was not the only one proud of the good ship Eliza Mary in her vari-colored dress. All the vessels in the harbor had their bunting courteously displayed on the occasion. On leaving the ship the procession passed through some of the principle streets, and returned to Stenson's..."

The Navigation - Steamers are now dailing arriving and departing. The Arabian left on Sunday morning for Toronto, to take her regular days in the lake mail line service. The Boston arrived in the afternoon from Toronto, bringing a mail and proceeding down the river; the Ottawa left for Prescott about 3 p.m. The schooner Premier worked her way up from Brockville, and reached one of the upper wharves on Sunday afternoon. The Trenton and St. Helen left yesterday for the Cape, the St. Lawrence for Prescott, and the Passport for Toronto and Hamilton. The propeller Oshawa arrived here on Sunday evening, with a heavy freight of flour. The Bay of Quinte is still closed, and river boats do not go below Prescott.

The propeller Oregon, of Cleveland, exploded her boiler on Friday last, killing three persons, and wounding five or six others. The boat was shattered to pieces, and went down. No insurance.

Navigation of the Welland Canal - Our canal is now in full operation, and we have the pleasure of seeing vessels of all classes passing up and down. Our town assumes a new character with the opening of navigation; we seem to be in active communication with every point of the compass, and day and night are reminded of the fact by the noise and bustle attendant on the trade of the Canal. [St. Catherines Post]

Ship Building - A ship of large tonnage has been built at Toronto, and is to be launched on Thursday next. At the request of the municipal authorities, she will be named the City of Toronto. Her dimensions are as follows: - Length on deck, 168 feet; depth of hold 18 feet 6 inches; breath, extreme, 32 feet 6 inches. She has a poop cabin on deck, 40 feet by 30 feet. Her burthen, by builder's measurement, is 1070 tons, equal in carrying capacity to 1200 tons. She is built entirely of white oak, with Long Island locust tree nails, and fastened with yellow metal. Hays Bros. are the builders.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 24, 1855