The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 19, 1869

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p.2 The First Steamer and the Harbour - The steamer Watertown made her first trip to Wolfe Island on Saturday last, and this morning she again started for Cape Vincent. Her first trip was made last year on the 31st of March, and the year previous on the 6th of April. This morning the harbour presented a view of clear water, the prevailing wind of last night having driven the ice over to the Wolfe Island shore, where it lies visible in broad white streaks. A good many sailors have joined their vessels, and ship and steamer owners are awakening from the long lethargy of winter. The Watertown returned to Kingston at half-past 3 o'clock this afternoon, and shortly after started on the ferry trip to Wolfe Island. The propeller Avon was towed from her winter quarters near Bell Island this afternoon, and proceeded to the Railway Wharf, whence she will leave for Toronto, having been purchased by Messrs. Smith & Co. for the lumber trade on Lake Simcoe. We are informed that the sum paid for her ws $3,000. The sloop Fanny Setford was noticeable in the harbour this afternoon as being the first sail of the season.

-The sailors' strike in Buffalo is said to be the work of a few malcontents from New York, who want $2 per day. There are fully 800 sailors in that city now, and plenty of help can be obtained in fitting out vessels at $1.50 per day.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 19, 1869