The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Weekly Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), March 11, 1859

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p.2 Opening of Navigation at Toronto - The Globe says that the bay at Toronto is now entirely free from ice, and navigation for the season has opened. On Saturday the schooner Caledonia arrived at the Custom House Wharf from Lewiston and Niagara, with a cargo of hay, whisky and stones. This schooner will run regularly between these ports and Toronto, until the steamers commence their trips. Here the ice is still strong, but a few more days of such delightful sunshine as we had yesterday, will have a melting influence upon its frigid bosom.

p.3 Navigation Opening - Navigation will open very early this year. Even so far back as the beginning of last week the propeller Equinox, of the New York Central Railroad, left Buffalo for Cleveland and Sandusky, with a full load of merchandize. There was no ice in sight. Navigation is open to Dunkirk, and the New York and Erie line of propellers commenced running on Tuesday. The Sarnia Observer learns that the ice on Lake St. Clair is broken up, and with the late heavy south-west winds, has been driven well over to the Canada shore, leaving the American channel at this moment pretty clear of ice. The River boats are fitting out, and intend making a trip during next week, if possible. The Detroit River is entirely free of ice, and the steamer Pearl commenced running between Detroit and Amherstburgh on Wednesday last; so that from present appearances, we are likely to have an early opening of navigation. We expect soon to hear that the ports on this side of Lake Erie will be in activity, and that Port Stanley will partake of the benefits due to a revival of business.

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Weekly Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), March 11, 1859