p.2 Custom Returns, Toronto [Leader]
One of the largest staples of the Detroit market is the item of White Fish. From Fighting Island to the northern point of Belle Isle, a distance of 17 miles there is one complete fishery from which large numbers of fish are yearly taken. The cost of taking them when the run is fine is very light, and fishermen realize large profits. The catch of the last season has been remarkably good, and at the fisheries (about 50 in number) between Fighting Island and Belle Isle, over 7,000 barrels or some 700,000 fish have been taken. About half of these have been sold fresh at an average of eleven cents each, bringing in a revenue of $3,850. The remaining portion are held by the fishermen until navigation shall open to them the eastern and southern trade. These 3,500 barrels, when sold, will net the holders at least $36,750 free of all expense, thus making the receipts of these fisheries $40,600.
Feb. 2, 1856
(from Chronicle & News, Feb. 8, 1856)
Testimonial to Capt. Donaldson - Several merchants of Toronto recently presented Captain Wm. Donaldson, of the steamer Welland, (formerly of Kingston), with a massive gold watch, as a token of their "estimation of his able seamanship, gentlemanly demeanor, prompt attention to the wants of the travelling public, and intrinsic worth, while on the Toronto and Hamilton route."
Feb. 4, 1856
Feb. 5, 1856