The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 6, 1858

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p.2 Kingston Harbor Clear Of Ice - On Sunday morning the citizens were gratified to find the ice in the bay between the main shore and Point Frederick had moved out towards the lake by the force of a gentle breeze from the east, leaving the wharves and slips quite free from obstruction. Early in the day the wind chopped round to the South, and blew briskly, driving the ice against the shore and crumbling it into small pieces, where it was speedily dissolved. The day was surpassingly beautiful, and all animated nature seemed to enjoy with unmingled delight the genial enlivening sunshine of Spring. There was a moderate shower during Sunday night, and the sky was partially obscured by clouds yesterday, but the temperature continued mild. Several citizens have commenced gardening, with a prospect of realizing early vegetables.

Nothing now but the stagnation of commercial business prevents the movement of the vessels that have been laid up here during the winter. In the fitting out of steamboats and schooners for the summer trade, much less activity has been evinced than usual at this season, for the reason above mentioned; nevertheless progress is being made, and all the vessels in port will in a week's time be in full trim. On Sunday morning the schooner Quebec, from French Creek, passed this port on her way up the lake, and in the course of the day the schooner Antelope, from Hamilton, made Garden Island. There are several vessels in readiness to sail, but the Sultan is the only one that has left yet; she has gone down, we learn, to Gananoque. Of the Steamers, the St. Lawrence we learn will be ready today and will run as a ferry boat to the Cape till the new steam scow building at the Marne Railway yard is completed to take her place. The Highlander will be ready in a few days, and will be run as a freight boat in connection with the Rome Railroad to the head of the lake. The steamer St. Helen, Capt. Chrysler, has been dismantled of her upper cabin, and will be run as a tow and freight boat between the Bay of Quinte and Montreal. The steamers Kingston, Passport, New Era and Champion are being got ready, but what routes they will take we have not yet learned.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 6, 1858