The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Weekly Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), April 1, 1859

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p.3 The schooner Bay of Quinte, Capt. Gaskin, left Kingston harbor on Monday for Toronto, with a fair wind and fair weather, and reached Toronto in 20 hours, escaping the gale which sprang up from the West.

p.4 The Harbor - The first keel to open the waters of the harbor from the westward, was that of a fore-and-aft schooner which put into Garden Island yesterday. Several vessels are daily expected at the same place with a lading of staves. The schooner Omar Pacha is advertised to leave Toronto this day for Kingston.

The sailing vessels in harbor are being got ready, and some of them will be prepared to sail next week.

Of the steamers, the Pierrepont and Bowmanville are the only ones that have moved. The latter left yesterday for Prescott.

The steamer Highlander will occupy her old route between Cape Vincent, Toronto and Kingston, touching at Oswego, and will begin her trips about the fifth of April.

p.4 Another vessel laden with staves, besides the one mentioned on Saturday, reached Garden Island on Friday. It must be understood that these early arrivals are not from the upper lakes, the Welland Canal not being yet open, but they are from Hamilton, where they took in the staves, which were transported thither during the past winter over the Port Sarnia and Great Western Railroads. We learn that Messrs. Calvin & Breck have adopted this route in preference to sending their vessels through Lakes Erie and St. Clair, making the detour of the Western Peninsula of Canada, about 300 miles in length, thus making a great saving of time for each vessel, and greatly facilitating the transit from the port of production to the Quebec market. We learn that the quantity of staves to be shipped by this firm this season will considerably exceed that of former seasons, and that by the mode of transit adopted a saving in the cost of transportation will be effected.

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Weekly Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), April 1, 1859