The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 3, 1862

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p.2 Opening of Navigation - Navigation has already commenced on Lake Erie. The Erie railway steamer arrived at Dunkirk on Sunday last, with a full cargo from Toledo. The ports on the upper lakes are mostly unobstructed by ice - the lake is perfectly free, and the business of the season is fairly inaugurated...Kingston harbor is still sealed by the ice, but it is now getting very thin and weak, and with a few days of warm weather will undoubtedly break up. The American channel between Wolfe Island and Cape Vincent is partially open, and the crossing hence to the Cape has to be made by means of the ice boat, alternately running on ice, and floating in the open water. An opening in the American channel is the premonitory symptom of a break up in this harbor. The usual spring preparations are being made on board the shipping. Standing rigging is being overhauled, and running gear put in its place, and every craft is being made ready to take the first advantage of the removal of the ice embargo.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 3, 1862