The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 19, 1856

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p.2 Tide On Lake Ontario - The periodical rise and fall of the water of Lake Ontario, which for cnvenience we will call a tide, has been the subject of newspaper comment among the savans. What they have concluded upon as to the theory of this movement of the waters, we do not know, but we do know that the changes are gradually taking place, and the mariners of the lakes are subjected to much inconvenience when this tide runs low, as it has the present and past season. The water has fallen between two and three feet since midsummer, and for the month preceding the close of steamboat navigation, the boats would touch bottom in going into most of the ports on Lake Ontario. The Oswego Palladium says that records have been kept in that city since 1837, and during this period the water has descended to the lowest point, called zero, but twice, viz: March, 1846, and November, 1848. It is now ten inches above the lowest point ever reached.

Shipping - We were in error in stating that the propeller Colonist, ashore on Point Frederick, belonged to Hooker, Pridham & Co. She is owned, we understand, by Holcomb & Henderson. The Colonist must have sustained very little if any damage.

The bark Arabia and brigt. Fleu (sic - Fleur ?) de Marie are in port, to lay up. The Andrew Stevens is discharging, and will, we suppose, be fitted out here instead of at Hamilton, for her intended voyage next season from Chicago to Liverpool.

The schooner Lenox (sic - Lennox ?) missing and supposed to have foundered, hailed from this port, and was the property of Jas. Morton, Esq.

The harbor last evening was covered with ice as far as the eye could reach. The weather is very cold, about 15 below zero.

Effects Of The Gale - at Buffalo. [Rochester Union]

The Great Gale of Sunday - Ottawa damaged, sch. Alwilda broke in two. [Buffalo Commercial]

The Commercial Future of Canada - about shipping, trade, improvements needed to St. Lawrence River. [Chicago Tribune]

-Welland Canal still not closed, prop. Oliver Cromwell came through.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 19, 1856