The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 14, 1869

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p.2 The Ice - ...It is expected that Mr. Kinghorn will start his first ferry boat on Saturday next.

Board of Trade - (part) On the motion of Mr. Carruthers, seconded by Mr. Simpson, the following clause of the report of the Montreal Board of Trade was adopted:

That in view of the numerous losses and accidents which happen on the Lakes, it is desirable that a board of examination of masters and mates of vessels navigating the inland waters be formed.


The Detroit Post has a table of the amount and value of the shipping on the Lakes. It compares the years 1856, 1861, 1866, 1867, and 1868. The aggregates for the last year are as follows:-


American No. Tons Value

Steamers 75 76,264 $1,670,000

Propellers 153 82,330 4,527,000

Tugs 205 16,506 1,598,000

Sail Vessels 1,376 355,592 10,977,000

Barges 30 9,262 209,000

Total 1,834 540,315 18,979,000


Steamers 56 18,572 1,176,000

Propellers 19 7,565 498,000

Tugs 62 10,190 514,000

Sail Vessels 266 52,943 1,733,000

Barges 27 9,809 133,000

Total 430 99,079 $4,054,000

American and Canadian

Steamers 131 95,196 $2,846,000

Propellers 172 89,895 5,025,000

Tugs 267 26,606 2,110,000

Sail Vessels 1,642 408,535 12,710,000

Barges 57 19,071 342,000

Total craft 2,269 639,303 $23,033,000

This is about double the amount and value for the year 1856. The increase for that short period is enormous. The Post remarks that the side wheel steamers have lost their prestige. The famous boats that ran on the through lines have been dismantled and withdrawn. Propellers, on the other hand, have grown greatly in public favour; the increase in number and tonnage has been very large, and they will doubtless continue to gain. For the carrying trade they are the favourites, and in the transportation of merchandize and rolling freight they have almost a monopoly. During the summer season they are largely patronized by the travelling public. On the lakes, as in other parts of the world, sailing vessels largely predominate over steam craft. Barges are also much used. At first employed for grain, they have engaged in the lumber and stave trade, and it is now proposed to introduce them into the transportation of iron ore from Lake Superior.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 14, 1869