The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 10, 1856

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p.2 The following is from the Rochester Union of Monday evening:-

Marine News - On Saturday the schooner Young Leopard put into the river to await a favorable wind to get down the Lake. She sailed again yesterday, also the Challenge, laden with flour, from one of the Canada ports to Oswego.

The ice still covers the lake in vast fields, and causes much difficulty to the shipping. A number of vessels could be seen from Charlotte yesterday, in the ice, making but little progress. The wind drifts the ice about, opening and closing channels daily. Vessels bound up the lake get out of this port without difficulty, and some work their way Eastward.

The steamer Niagara did not arrive from Toronto, as expected on Saturday evening, but no doubt went down the Lake on the North shore, to avoid the ice. The Cataract, of the same line, left here for Lewiston about 10 on Saturday morning, from thence she went to Toronto and discharged a cargo of bonded merchandize. She left Toronto at one o'clock on Sunday morning, and arrived here at 10 a.m. After taking in a quantity of freight and wood, she left at 2 o'clock for Oswego and Ogdensburgh. She no doubt found difficulty in getting through the ice, but Capt. Estes is a persevering man. His was the first boat to make a trip from Ogdensburgh to Lewiston, and call at all the ports.

The Maple Leaf arrived here about 6 o'clock yesterday morning, laden as usual. Capt. Kerr called at all the ports below Toronto to Colborne, and left the latter at one o'clock on Sunday morning. When fifteen miles out from Colborne he fell in with fields of ice and found them all the way across. The Maple Leaf left again this morning.

The schooner Bloomer arrived here yesterday from Bond Head with a cargo of wheat - 2,800 bushels for C.J. Hill & Son, and 50 bags for Darling & Co.

The schooner Niagara also arrived from Toronto with 4000 bushels of wheat, and 300 bbls. flour for Bennett & Conolly.

The schooner Commerce is loading at Holden's dock, for Toronto, a cargo of merchandize, castings, fruit trees, etc.

The new schooner Joseph Cochrane is taking in merchandize, potatoes, etc., for Detroit, and will probably sail for the Upper Lake tomorrow morning. She goes to Saginaw for a cargo of lumber to be taken to Chicago. She will carry at least 260,000 feet; she is a handsome craft, and spreads to the breeze 2300 square yards of canvas, to say nothing of a splendid suit of colors.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 10, 1856