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Daily News (Kingston, ON), March 28, 1857

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p.2 Lake & River Navigation

We are enabled to lay before our readers a statement of the lake and river navigation for the coming season. The icy fetters which have bound our Bay since the commencement of winter, are being gradually unrivetted by the approach of spring, and vessels can now come into the harbor, as far as the Railroad Wharf. About the first of next month, we may probably see the Bay fully open.

Preparations have for some time past been making by the owners of the vessels now lying in the harbor, to fit them for traffic.

The following is the statement referred to:

Canadian Lake and River Line of Passenger Steamers

This line will consist of the following steamers: Magnet, Arabian, Kingston, Passport, Banshee, Champion and New Era - forming a through line between Hamilton, Toronto and Montreal - to consist of the first six boats, - the New Era being retained as a spare boat. This will be a daily line each way. The only vessel of this line undergoing much repairs since the close of navigation has been the Passport, which has been thoroughly overhauled, and is now fitted with new decks and new boilers. She will be ready to start on the opening of navigation. This line is owned by the Hon. John Hamilton and Mr. Heron of Niagara. The late Capt. Sutherland was the owner of the Magnet, belonging to this line.

Royal Mail River Line

Since last season, most of the boats formerly running on this line have been amalgamated with the Lake and River Line. There are, however, three which have not yet been named for any route - the St. Lawrence, Ottawa and Lord Elgin. They will probably run between Kingston and Ogdensburg - forming an evening line.

Line Between Toronto, Niagara, and Hamilton

For this line the Peerless and the Zimmerman have been named. By this line there will be two daily trips to Niagara and one to Hamilton. These boats are owned by the Erie and Ontario Railroad Company, and Mr. Andrew Heron.

The Canada and America

These boats, which ran to Ogdensburg, last year, have not been named for any route. They were bought at auction a month since by General Stewart of Detroit, for 45,000 pounds.

Toronto and Port Dalhousie

The steamer Welland will run between these ports, as last year, in connection with the Port Dalhousie and Thorold Railroad - leaving Port Dalhousie in the morning, and returning from Toronto in the evening. This steamer is owned by the Corporation of St. Catherines.

Rochester Route

This route has been appointed to the Maple Leaf. She will make a daily trip between Port Hope, Cobourg and Rochester. She is owned by the International Steamboat Company. The Highlander, which was on this route last year, has been chartered by Mr. Kinghorn, of Kingston, to make two trips per week between Cape Vincent, Kingston and all the small ports on the North Shore. She will also call at Toronto and Hamilton.

Lake Ontario and River St. Lawrence American Steam Line

The vessels composing this line are the New York, Northerner, Bay State, Niagara, Ontario, and the Cataract. The first two steamers will form the express line running between Lewiston and Toronto, Cape Vincent, Brockville and Ogdensburgh, daily; and the remaining four will also run daily between Toronto, Rochester, Oswego, Kingston and Ogdensburgh. The American Steamboat Company are the proprietors of this line.

As yet the route of the passage boats the Europa, May Flower and Chief Justice have not been determined.

Bay of Quinte Line

The two boat owned by Mr. Gildersleeve will ply between Kingston and the Bay of Quinte, as usual, calling at all the intermediate ports.

Kingston and Cape Vincent

The Steamer Sir Charles Napier will run twice a day, as usual, between Kingston and Cape Vincent.

Collingwood To Owen Sound

The Steamboat, formerly called the Kaloolah, will ply on this route, as last season.

The Sault Ste. Marie

Bi-weekly trips will be made to this port.

Collingwood and Chicago

Arrangements have been made to form a daily line this season, between these ports.

Toronto and Lake Simcoe

The steamer Joseph C. Morrison will be run by the Railroad Company between Belle Ewart, Beaverton, Barrie and the different ports on the Lake, daily.

The above list comprises the various lines of passenger steamers.

Freight Steamers

The Steamers of this class are divided into three lines, exclusive of several independent Steamers. The regular lines run between Hamilton, Toronto, Montreal and Quebec.

Hooker, Pridham and Company's Line

This line will consist of eight Steamboats, namely, the Wellington, Avon, Ottawa, Free Trader, England, St. Lawrence, Hibernia and Prescott.

H. Jones and Company's Line

The boats comprising this line are the Whitby, Oshawa, Ranger, Protection and Dawn.

Holcomb and Henderson's Line

On this line eight Steamboats will be placed - viz: the George Moffatt, Reindeer, Colonist, Brantford, Western Miller, Britannia, Scotland and Huron.

Independent Lines

These lines are composed of Browne and Malcolmson's Steamers, the Boston and Banshee. The City of Hamilton and St. Nicholas, formerly on this line, have been disposed of to Mr. Bancroft at Oswego.

The steamer Bowmanville, Capt. Perry; Malakoff, Capt. Tate; Inkerman (sic -Inkermann), Capt. Mackintosh; and the Oliver Cromwell, Capt. Kidd. [Leader]

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), March 28, 1857