The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 21, 1865

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p.2 The steamer Champion was prevented by a fog in the river last night from reaching this port this afternoon. She will not leave for the head of the lake till 7 tomorrow morning.


A gentleman visiting Cleveland writes to the Hamilton Spectator in part as follows: "But what occupied my attention most was the appearance of three splendid gunboats just steaming up to make a trial trip. I was told that there were some half dozen others nearly completed. This aroused my curiosity to such an extent that I made up my mind to make further inquiries, and was fortunate, shortly after arriving at the Waddel House, to make the acquaintance of the Government Engineer, who had the superintending of the building of the vessels. I found him very agreeable, and in answer to my questions, at once informed me that they were intended as revenue cutters, to be used in suppressing the very extensive operations in smuggling from Canada to the United States, that has for some time been carried on with but little difficulty by parties engaged in that heretofore very paying business. From what I could learn the "cutters" are of the latest and most approved models, combining speed and power. In fact the engineer informed me that he had no doubt that they would outrun anything that could be placed on the lakes, when a party present intimated that they would do good execution in the event of any difficulty between England and the United States. Of this there can be no doubt, as they are evidently intended to answer as revenue cutters now, and war vessels when required."

p.3 Imports - 20,21.

Vessels To And From Canadian Ports Passing Through The Welland Canal - 21st.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 21, 1865