The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), June 12, 1865

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p.2 Steamboat Changes - Captain Swales is to retire from the charge of the steamer Champion, for an office on the Great Western Railroad. Captain Sinclair takes his place on the Champion.

Steamer Banshee - The steamer Banshee having had her repairs completed, left the harbor this afternoon on her trial trip. She is to be commanded by Captain Harbottle.

Code of Signals for the Lakes

The Buffalo Courier speaks of a code of signals intended for the lakes and the St. Lawrence. It says codes of signals for communicating information have been considered too complex and difficult, as well as too expensive, to be successfully applied in lake navigation. This code of signals is simple and cheap, and is every way well adapted to our lake commerce, and will undoubtedly soon come into general use. It embraces twelve signals, including twelve numerals and two indicators, which are in the form of discs. In this code there are no substitute signals and no duplicate numbers. Accompanying the code of signals is a printed book of about sixty pages, the subject matter of which is divided and arranged under three separate heads:

1 - Alphabetical vocabulary of places and words, and several pages of questions and answers most likely to be required. Also, a pictorial mariner's compass, in one-quarter points.

2 - The names of all ports, headlands, reefs, shoals, and islands, from Superior City to Quebec.

3 - The names of all vessels navigating the lakes alphabetically arranged.

Against each question and answer, word, name of port, point of compass, name of vessel, headland, island, shoal and reef, is a printed number, which is not duplicated in any instance. To make it thoroughly practical, every vessel and every lighthouse should have the code of signals, and all having it will be not unfrequently benefitted many times the cost, which is only $22 for the signals and book complete. The code of ocean signals now in use costs more than ten times this amount, and is much more complex, as eighteen flags are used, including substitute signals.

This code of signals has been carefully prepared by Robert Thomas, Esq., who has had large experience as an ocean navigator, and in the practical workings of the code now used on the ocean, and who has for the last 9 years been connected with the Board of Lake Underwriters. Some fifty vessels, including sail and steam, sailing out from this port, have agreed to adopt this code of signals when completed and published, and others here will adopt it. We hope to see it come into general use by all the lake marine, as all the underwriters and vessel owners are pecuniarily interested in its being adopted.

Imports - 10-12; Exports - 9-12.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), June 12, 1865