The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), June 20, 1864

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p.2 Naval Forces on Lakes - The news comes from Washington that the naval committee of Congress have agreed to report a recommendation that six months notice be given to terminate the treaty with Great Britain as regards naval forces on the lakes. By the treaty already in action the two powers have agreed to do away with the naval flotilla previously kept up, and have restricted themselves to the employment of armed vessels carrying but one gun, and used only in the revenue service. The United States gunboat, the Michigan, only carries one gun, but she is pierced for six, and the other five guns and their tackling are stored in a dockyard, where they could be immediately placed on board. In such a manner are the Americans keeping their part of the treaty; and now it is proposed to go still further beyond its provisions by abrogating what has proved to be a very economical and pacific arrangement for both parties. The telegraphic report indicates a doubt whether Congress will act up to the recommendation, and we sincerely hope it will refuse to lend itself to what cannot be regarded as a steo in a hostile direction. If, however, the Americans depart from the compact, the British government will feel bound to keep up a suitable naval force to engage it, should there be any probability of its being used against Canada, which, it need not be disguised, is the only purpose to which our neighbors could apply their fleet. In that case, Kingston would once more become a naval station; the capacities of our harbor, the dockyard and warehouses, already here, would form the best rendezvous for the British flotilla on Lake Ontario. The iron-clads could take shelter in winter under the guns of Fort Henry, and in summer, when occasion demanded, could sally forth either down the river or up the lake, while at all times they would be in a position for surveillance of the affairs going on in the dockyards at Sackett's Harbor and Oswego. Such a result, if brought about, would increase the importance of Kingston; but we are not without hope that the American government will hesitate to incur the expenses of a gunboat fleet on the lakes, when at present, and it may be for some years to come, it can better employ them on the Atlantic coast or elsewhere. The Americans need not prepare for any aggression from the Canadian side of the lakes, for the English government is far too reluctant to resort to hostilities; but they may likewise assure themselves that our government will not neglect any precaution that will tend to the defence of this colony. If they vainly imagine that the English are ready to give up Canada, let them take note of the fortifications at present going on at Quebec and Halifax.

p.3 Imports - 20th - Str Bay State, Rochester - Chown & Cunningham, 2 bxs h ware.

Str Colonist, Milwaukie - J.C. & Co., 250 bbls flour; Jacques, Tracy & Co., 570 bbls flour.

Str East, Chicago - James Harty, 10 tierces, 20 bbls hams; G. Chaffey & Bros., 213 bbls mess pork; J.C. & Co., 250 bbls mess pork; Mrs. Leckie, 1 sewing machine, 1 bbl hams; R. Davy, 1 pkg; Ontario Bank, Montreal, 175 bbls pork.

Sch Queen of the Bay, Oswego - G. Lindsay, 153 tons coal.

Str Pierrepont, Cape Vincent - (mixed cargo)

Sch Harriet Ann, Oswego - J.C. & Co., 250 bbls, 250 bags salt.

Sloop Greyhound, do. - P. Harty, 487 bbls salt, 50 bags meal; A. Eccles, 120 bus potatoes.

Clearances - 18th - Prop Brantford, Montreal.

Sch. D. Fisher, Toronto - 70 cords wood.

Str Colonist, Montreal.

Str Magnet, do.

Str Champion, Hamilton.

Str Banshee, Montreal.

20th - Sch Shickluna, Port Dalhousie.

Died - In Kingston, on Sunday, June 19th, Mr. Henry Youlden, master mariner for many years on the lakes, in the 62nd year of his age.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), June 20, 1864