The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 2, 1863

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p.2 The Harbor - The work of preparing for the coming season goes steadily forward in our harbor. The ice still lingers, and the weather is at present unfavorable, but everyone anticipates that in a fortnight the ice-bound vessels will be fully liberated. The Water Witch is loading with ice for Chicago, and the British Lion seems to have taken on sufficient, as the hands have knocked off work. The steamboats are having the pistons of their engines refitted and other necessary work done to their machinery; in this respect the Bowmanville is well advanced. The Bay of Quinte is being thoroughly reboarded and fitted, and the ferry steamer Pierrepont is a scene of busy activity in getting ready.

Beauregard Demands The Mercedita and Keystone State - A despatch in the Savannah Republican states that the steamer Stone, formerly the I.P. Smith, under a flag of truce, went out to the blockading squadron on the 23rd. She took to the flag officer a communication relative to the delivery to the rebels of the steamer Keystone State and Mercedita, which it is claimed were captured by the Chicora and Palmetto State on the 31st of January last. The case of the Mercedita, the officers and men of which surrendered and were afterwards paroled, is somewhat peculiar. In many points it has no precedent. It has been submitted to Admiral Shubrick of the navy and Gen. Totten of the army for decision.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 2, 1863