The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 28, 1863

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p.2 The Steamer Banshee - The steamer Banshee is to make the first trip of the season of the Mail Line Boats. She has been hauled out during the winter, and has been thoroughly repaired and properly fitted out, so passengers have the assurance of both safety and comfort. She leaves for Hamilton and intermediate ports on Thursday next, at 6 p.m.

-The barque Robert Gaskin, schooner Bay of Quinte, and propellers Bristol and Colonist passed through the Welland Canal on Saturday.

Reciprocity - Mr. W.J. Mabee, owner and master of the schooner Primrose, of Consecon, has written the following account of how he was charged a tonnage duty on his vessel at Oswego. He says:-

"I cleared from Brighton last week with a cargo of hop poles for Oswego. On arrival there, my schooner was boarded by a Custom House officer, and a demand made, under "An Act to increase temporarily the duties on imports, and for other purposes." of $5.70. But, as by the Reciprocity Treaty, hop poles are free, nothing could be collected on them. The same end, however, was attained by charging a new and before unheard duty on a Canadian vessel, and not only so, but though I produced my British Registry, shewing the burthen of the schooner to be 47 tons, they had her remeasured according to the American rule, making her 56 tons, and charged me 9 tons additional, besides a fee of 75 cents, making in all $6.45. Now, as there is no tonnage duties that I am aware of charged on American vessels on this side of the lake, it appears to me, as far as ship owners are concerned, a very Irish sort of Reciprocity, and all on one side."

Imports - 27.

p.3 ad for Royal Mail Through Line, str. Banshee, H.E. Swales, Commander.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 28, 1863