The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 15, 1862

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p.2 Navigation Resumed At Kingston - The mild weather of the past few days have not been without its influence upon the ice in Kingston harbor. On Monday, a long broad strip of open water existed in the line of the channel from Garden Island to Cedar Island, and the extent of ice-bound surface to the westward was greatly curtailed. The remaining ice was so treacherous that the ice boats had to be employed in communicating with Wolfe Island and different points. A vast quantity of this ice was smashed up by the steamer Pierrepont, Captain Hinckley, on Monday, which vessel left her wharf early in the forenoon for Cape Vincent. She was laden well down by the stern and lightly forward, enabling the boat's flat bottom to be propelled bodily on the immense cakes of ice, crushing them by her superincumbent weight, and so clearing a channel for her passage. The passage through the ice field was very tedious, but the Pierrepont worked bravely through and without damage. After gaining the open water the remainder of the voyage was effected with the ordinary ease. She made the trip round the head of Wolfe Island, the canal as yet being hermetically sealed.

Late in the afternoon the steamer Bowmanville, Captain Perry, left Anderson & Ford's wharf for Toronto. This fine vessel has enjoyed a reputation under her present commander of being "first out and last in," and Captain Perry this season resolved still to be worthy of his reputation, albeit his laurels have been partially shorn by the Pierrepont. The Bowmanville carried up a few passengers, but very little cargo. Unless Burlington Bay be open and the access to Hamilton easy, the Bowmanville will not proceed further than Toronto, where she will take in a cargo of flour for the return voyage.

The remaining steamers and sailing vessels are in a very forward state of preparation. The barques and schooners have almost all their sails bent and their running rigging rove. Their decks and the wharves present a scene of great activity.

The Murray Canal - petition in favor sent from Belleville to three branches of Legislature. [Belleville Independent]

p.3 Marine News - Canadian vessels arriving at Oswego are strictly required to have their cargoes entered at the Custom House before discharging any goods.

Late intelligence from Port Huron does not give very encouraging news of navigation in that quarter. A gentleman from that quarter states that there is yet an endless quantity of ice visible. [Detroit Adv. 8th]

The Windsor Record of the 10th instant, says, that the river is now about five feet higher than it was a week ago, and over two feet above its ordinary level...

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 15, 1862