The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 23, 1858

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p.2 Lake Trade with Europe - The Detroit Advertiser announces that a vessel has been fitted out for a voyage to Liverpool, which has been kept private until now. The leading particulars are as follows:-

The vessel is the schooner Col. Cook, of 328 tons capacity, Customs House measurement. She is a staunch, strong built, finely modelled fore-and-after, built, we think, on the St. Clair River, some three or four years since, for her present owner, George W. Bissell, Esq. Mr. Bissell has secured a cargo of staves, on the line of the Detroit and Milwaukee Railway, and the Cook will load at an early day.

The same paper adds:-

In a conversation with Capt. D.C. Pierce, upon the subject, we gleaned some facts which will be of interest to the public, and especially so to those who have hitherto thought the project an impractible one. Capt. P. has six cargoes for Liverpool now engaged, all consisting of white oak pipestaves and black walnut lumber. Four of these cargoes Michigan furnishes, and the other two are furnished in Ohio. Capt. Pierce has received three cargoes at New Baltimore, on Lake St. Clair, and one on the line of the D. & M. Railway, which will be loaded at Detroit. He is also still in the market for all the stave and black walnut lumber he can get. It has been stated that one of Capt. Pierce's vessels would load with copper at Detroit, but this is still undecided, and the chances now are that the copper will be sent via New York, as heretofore. The Kershaw is still in Montreal, but will come forward as soon as the canals are open, which is fixed for the 1st of May. The new barque Cuyahoga Chief, built in Cleveland, will not come here to take on her rigging, as heretofore stated. The rigging is to be shipped hence for Cleveland.

The vessels which Capt. Pierce is to send out are the barque J.C. Kershaw, 382 tons burthen; barque Chieftain, 370 tons; brig Black Hawk, 388 tons; the new barque Cuyahoga Chief, 384 tons, and a three-masted schooner, named the Indian Queen, of about the same tonnage as the others. The brig Black Hawk will go up to New Baltimore in a few days to commence taking in her cargo, so as to be one of the first vessels through the lower canals for the ocean. Capt. Pierce informs us that he has return cargoes for all his vessels, for Hamilton and Toronto. The importers of those places promise him all their business, and are very glad of the opportunity to import direct, without transhipment at Montreal.

-The steamer Maple Leaf, Capt. Schofield, arrived at Toronto from Rochester on Tuesday morning, being her first trip this season. She commenced her regular trips on Wednesday, calling at the north shore ports.

p.3 Imports - 21; Exports - 20,21.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 23, 1858