The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), March 19, 1862

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The comparatively mild winter through which we have passed induces the hope that navigation will open early on the lakes this spring, and already shippers are completing arrangements with a view to meet the requirements of trade immediately upon the opening of the canals. Toronto harbor is quite free of ice, and as far as it is concerned, navigation might commence at once; but others on Lake Ontario, as well as the canals, are yet blocked up. It is expected, however, that the Welland Canal will be opened on the 2nd of April, and those on the St. Lawrence on the 28th of the same month. The royal mail line of steamers will commence their trips between Hamilton and Kingston on the 20th of April, and extend them to Montreal on the opening of the canals. The line will consist of the following staunch and reliable vessels: Passport, Capt. Harbottle; Kingston, Capt. Hamilton; Banshee, Capt. Sinclair; Champion, Capt. Kelly; Magnet, Capt. Howard; and New Era, Capt. Chrysler. These boats will leave Toronto daily for Hamilton at eight o'clock in the morning, and for Montreal at three o'clock in the afternoon - leaving the latter port for the west at nine o'clock in the morning. The arrangements for the American or shore line have not been completed. The places of the steamers Northerner and New York, which were sold last season to the Federal government, are not yet filled, and there is therefore some uncertainty as to the operations of the line. It is said that a couple of vessels are to be brought up from the St. Lawrence and placed on the route, and that an express line similar to that in operation last year will be formed. The first trip, it is reported, will be made on the 20th proximo. The steamer Zimmerman, Capt. D. Milloy, will commence to run between Toronto, Niagara and Lewiston on the 2nd of April. This vessel, which has so long been a favorite on the lake, is being thoroughly overhauled and repaired, and under the charge of her experienced and popular captain, will assume operations with every probability of success. Capt. Milloy is now, we believe, sole proprietor, having bought out the remaining stockholders, and will no doubt again as before exert himself to meet the wishes and minister to the comforts of the travelling community. The Maple Leaf, Capt. Schofield, will begin running between Cobourg, Port Hope and Rochester about the middle of April. The lake and river freight line of Messrs. Perry & Black - known as the Beaver Line - will commence operations as soon as the canals open. Capt. Perry in Toronto and Mr. Black in Montreal conducted the affairs of the line last year with great satisfaction and singular success. Their enterprise will secure them a continuance of the support they then received and merited. The fine steamer Bowmanville, many of our readers will be glad to hear, will form one of the line. The pleasant trips made by this vessel in 1860 and 1861 are not forgotten, and the prospect of a repetition of them this season will not fail to gratify. In addition to the Beaver line, two others are to be run between Montreal and Hamilton - one by Messrs. Jacques, Tracy & Co., and the other by Messrs. Hooker & Holcomb. The arrangements of these firms will soon be completed. The season will open with good promise of success to all forwarders. An immense amount of produce has accumulated at different points for shipment east, and freights will very probably rule high enough to leave a wide margin for profit. The business of 1861 was remunerative, and bright anticipations of even greater success this year are indulged in by those engaged in the shipping trade. We trust that they may be realized. [Leader]

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), March 19, 1862