The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 5, 1858

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p.2 Opening of Navigation - steamer Raftsman arrives from Cape Vincent via foot of Wolfe Island; str. Bowmanville prevented from reaching Cape Vincent by ice in lake blocking American channel.

Sale of Steamers Yesterday - Mr. Shipway had an excellent audience yesterday on the occasion of the sale of forwarding stock. The following vessels were put up and disposed of, viz:- Steamer Wellington, bought by Mr. Calvin for 5000 pounds; Propeller Avon, bought by Mr. Alexander Campbell for 2,850 pounds; Propeller Alps, bought by Mr. John McPherson for 2650 pounds. The rest of the vessels advertised were withdrawn. [Montreal Herald 2nd]

Lake & River Navigation

The brief time yet to elapse before navigation on the lake and river is fully resumed, renders a notice of the preparations for the ensuing season interesting, if not necessary, at this period. And it is a matter of regret that in the outset we must speak of the prospects in this branch of our trade as much darker than usual. Hitherto each recurring season brought with it increased demand for passenger and freightage facilities on the various lines of boats touching at this port. But the present season of navigation opens before business men have recovered from the prostration of the late commercial crisis; and hence its inauguration is somewhat gloomy. Confidence among commercial men has been shaken, and, in too many instances, has totally disappearedl; and its displacement has, of course, resulted in that lack of energy and business-like preparations which marks the present spring.

Of the three forwarding, or freight lines, usually running between this port and Kingston, Montreal and other ports on the St. Lawrence, the boats of two of the companies are in the hands of assignees, and none of them are, we believe, fitting out for traffic. Again, the accumulation of goods on our wharves, waiting for transport, is at present much less than usual. The Grand Trunk Railroad has conveyed away the major portion of the wheat, flour, potash, etc., which at this season, some two or three years ago, made the forwarding business a flourishing one. Then 60,000 bushels of wheat were not infrequently stored on one wharf waiting shipment; now we are not perhaps far wide of the mark in stating the aggregate number of bushels on all the wharves at 30,000.

As far as can be at present ascertained, the following are the navigation prospects for the year:-

The American line of steamboats heretofore plying between Ogdensburgh, Lewiston and this port, will not be again run by their present owners. They are to be sold tomorrow, and it is said that a company has been organized for their purchase, and that in the event of their succeeding, the boats will be placed on the usual route. There are altogether some nine boats belonging to this line - three of them, the Jenny Lind, British Queen, and Montreal, ran on the St. Lawrence. The remaining six, the New York, Bay State, Northerner, Ontario, Cataract, and Niagara, were Lake boats.

The arrangements for the Royal Mail line are understood not yet to be complete. Last year, six boats were running; but of these at least two - the Magnet and New Era - are believed to be withdrawn; and we have not been able to ascertain what boats will supply their places. The Kingston, Passport, Banshee and Champion will, at all events, be among the boats on the line. And it is expected that the steamer Bowmanville will also run.

Of the Forwarding Companies, the only line will be that of Jones, Black & Co. The propellers Whitby, Oshawa, Ranger and Protection will be run by them on the customary river route.

The arrangements for the navigation of the Upper Lakes have been already matured. The announcement was made some time since in our advertising columns. Four first class steamers, the Montgomery, Hunter, Evergreen City, and Ontonagon, will form a tri-weekly line between Collingwood and Chicago - touching at intermediate ports - in connection with the Northern Railway.

The lake route between this port and Lewiston will be travelled daily by the steamer Peerless. The Zimmerman will not be placed on this route; but there is some talk of her running between Hamilton and Toronto. The Arabian will probably run between this port and Oswego. [Colonist]

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 5, 1858