The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 11, 1856

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p.2 Daring Feat - man swims rapids of Niagara. [Rochester Union]

Business at Cobourg - Some idea of the export business at this Port may be gleaned from the fact that during the month of July over 3,000,000 feet of sawed lumber was shipped from this port to the American market alone, to say nothing of the amount shipped to Canadian Ports. This lumber, although much of it is from 1 1/4 inch to 1 3/4 thick, is all computed by superficial measurement, and if reduced to board measurement the amount shipped would probably amount to four millions of feet. It has generally been of good quality, and ten dollars per thousand feet may be assumed as not being above the average price; this would yield a return of $40,000 during the month, or about $1,500 for every legal day during the month. This lumber pays thirty cents per thousand harbor dues, which shows a large revenue accruing to the town. Our readers can well imagine the effect produced upon the section of the country producing this lumber that the infusion of money to the tune of $1,500 per day produces. The lumber business at this port employs sailing vessels exclusively.

Besides the vessels employed in the lumber trade, we have daily four passenger and freight steamers calling at stated hours every day. Then we have to note the arrival of freight steamers from Montreal and other places during the season of navigation. Besides these we have the steamers Chief Justice and Provincialist (the former making this Port her stopping place) twice a week from Oswego. We have also one freight propeller from Oswego, and freight steamers from Ogdensburgh and Cape Vincent every week. These steamers all land freight at Cobourg; many of them purchase wood and sea stores, and they all pay harbor dues. The sailing vessels also bring a large amount of return freight in the shape of stoves, agricultural implements, meal, corn, pork, oats, salt, coal and plaster, besides a large quantity of miscellaneous merchandize.

In the preceeding we have said nothing respecting the immense quantity of grain and flour shipped from this port. Cobourg is the natural outlet for the flour manufactured in Cobourg and vicinity, Baltimore, Otonabee, a part of Monagan and Peterboro' and neighborhood. The produce of the flour mills in and about Peterboro' furnish a large number of freights annually, while a great many cargoes of grain are exported. We might also refer in this connection to the fact that a large number of railway ties have shipped from Cobourg harbor this season. Three other articles are exported in such quantities as to be entitled to a passing allusion. We mean the lath, wool and fish. Even in the town of Cobourg alone, there are at least eighty men who follow fishing as a means of livelihood, and the presence in town of a large number of buildings erected from the profits of this business, and from the general air of thrift and independence which attend those engaged in the occupation, our readers can safely imagine that the fishing business is by no means inconsiderate or precarious. [Sun]

p.3 Imports - 6-8; Exports - 8.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 11, 1856