The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 16, 1866

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Washington, Nov. 14th - The treaty department has just issued regulations in regard to the commerce and intercourse with foreign contiguous territory - the object being to carry out the laws to prevent smuggling. Among the regulations are the following:-Trunks, boxes, travelling bags, and everything containing articles of wearing apparel or other personal effects, or purporting to do so, must be opened and their contents thoroughly inspected by the proper officers of the Customs, who shall remove the seals from the car containing such baggage. No trunks, travelling valise, or other envelope, to be delivered or taken away until thus inspected, and all baggage among which may be found secreted any articles liable to duty, upon which duties have have not been paid, must be seized and retained. Steamers or other vessels from any port or place in Canada, destined for any port or place on Lake Michigan, shall report at the port of Mackinaw, and if the cargo of any such steamer or other vessel shall not have been sealed by a Consul or other United States officer, as required by the second section of the Act of 27th June, 1864, a manifest of the cargo must be presented to the principal officer of the Customs at the port of Mackinaw, setting forth clearly and distinctly a description of all the goods, wares, or merchandize on board, from what port or place shipped, and at what ports destined to be landed, and that he has no other goods on board than those mentioned in said manifest - to all of which facts the master of the vessel must make oath before the Collector or Deputy Collector at the port of Mackinaw, the said oath to be inscribed on the manifest to be retained by the master of the vessel, and on the manifest to be delivered to the collector, and signed by the captain in presence of the collector or deputy collector of the port of Mackinaw, who, if satisfied with the correctness of the proceedings, will certify the name on both the manifests, and issue a permit to the vessel to proceed to the port of destination. Collectors at ports on Lake Michigan are instructed to regard any manifest of vessels coming from Canadian ports as irregular, unless the oath of the master is inscribed on it and signed, as required, in the presence of the collector or deputy collector of customs at the port of Mackinaw, and subject to the penalties prescribed by the acts of June 27th, 1864, and July 18th, 1866, with a view to prevent smuggling of dutiable goods into the United States, by means of concealment about the person or in the baggage of persons arriving from a foreign contiguous country, all such persons and their baggage shall be examined on their arrival in the United States, by a proper officer or officers of Customs, at Buffalo, Detroit, Port Huron, Ogdensburg, and other ports in the United States, where connections are made between American and Provincial railways, by means of ferry boats. Passengers and their baggage arriving from a foreign contiguous territory shall be inspected and examined upon the boat, and passengers shall not be permitted to land, nor their baggage to be landed, until such inspection or examinations shall have been concluded. Cars crossing Suspension Bridge into the United States will remain on the bridge or in an enclosure until the examination of the passengers and baggage shall have been concluded. Passengers in cars coming to Rouse's Point, St. Albans, and Island Pond, must be examined while on the way between the boundary line and their first stopping place. All baggage of passengers in transit through Canada shall be placed in a car or cars by itself at port of departure, such car or cars shall be locked or sealed by an officer of customs prior to its leaving, and unlocked and unsealed by similar officer at port of arrival. All steamboats or propellers plying between and touching at intermediate American or foreign ports, shall set apart a room in which shall be placed under United States custom locks and seals all baggage of passengers taken on board at an American port, and destined for another; and baggage not so secured shall before delivery be inspected and examined as if arriving from foreign ports.

Imports - 15,16; Exports - 15,16.

The Vessels & The Storm - The steamers Passport and Bay of Quinte and the propeller Brantford, which remained in port all day yesterday, were still here late this afternoon, the Bay of Quinte intending to leave at her usual hour. The Magnet reached here at twelve last night, and the Champion at seven this morning, both from Toronto, and immediately proceeded downwards. The Spartan left Toronto at twelve o'clock last night, the weather being then favorable, but on reaching Salmon Point she encountered the gale which had been blowing here all day, and from that point downwards had an unusually rough sea to contend with. The consequence was that nearly half of her lower windows were broken, as well as considerable crockery, and a large part of the breakable contents of the bar was destroyed. A fireman was also injured by the falling of a pile of wood in the hold. Several schooners are anchored off the harbor. The schooners F. Henry and Therese, bound from Toronto to Oswego, had to run in for shelter, as well as the brig Sir C. Napier, and another vessel. The schooners Waterwitch and Canada are now riding at anchor, laden respectively with wood and lumber, waiting for a change of weather. The Spartan and Bay of Quinte have since left. The Kingston arrived up at half-past four.

Collision of the Whitby and Osprey - It was reported through the city this afternoon, and the report has since been confirmed, that the steamer Osprey and the propeller Whitby came in collision on Lachine Lake, resulting in the sinking of the Whitby in 15' of water.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 16, 1866