The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 23, 1869

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p.2 Shipping News - The tug Swan arrived last night from Maitland and Brockville, with the barque John Breden and schooner Waterwitch in tow. The schooner Pearl is loading coal at Swift's wharf for Clayton. The Prince Alfred sailed last night with ice for Chicago. The Princess Alexandra is loading stone at Rudd's quarry for Toronto, and the schooner Kearsage is loading iron ore at O'Gorman's wharf for Cleveland. The Clayton Belle arrived here this morning from Clayton. The Dane, Clayton Belle, J. Breden and Waterwitch are loading stone at the Penitentiary wharf, their destination is Saginaw and Green Bay. The barge Oneida will be launched from Garden Island tomorrow. The schooner Gazelle sailed for Oswego this afternoon with 1,670 bushels barley and 4,630 bushels rye. She is the first grain vessel out for the season.

-The labourers employed on the Gerrit Smith harbour improvements at Oswego, 230 in number, struck for higher wages, on Saturday. They have been receiving $1.12 1/2 per day, and want $1.50. Mr. Smith was in Oswego on Saturday, and it was thought the difficulty would be amicably arranged.

The Steamer Bay of Quinte - This steamer arrived on her return trip at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon, and started again at her advertised hour, which she will henceforth continue to do. Her captain reports the ice all clear in the Bay of Quinte, and the water very high at Belleville. The steamer St. Helen, at Mill Point, and the steamer Greenway, at Picton, would be ready to start in a few days. It should be borne in mind that in order to give business men and others from Prince Edward district an opportunity to remain in Kingston as long as possible the steamer Bay of Quinte will on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, leave Belleville at 1 o'clock a.m., and Picton at 6 o'clock a.m., which arrangement will permit of the steamer's arrival in Kingston at 10 o'clock a.m., thus affording five hours' leisure to passengers.

The Weather - The weather at present is warm and pleasant, and the late rains have disposed of nearly the whole of the ice in the harbour, which is only now to be seen in some shady spot undisturbed by the wind or waves. The business of loading and despatching the various vessels is being pushed forward with all vigour, and yesterday and today the lake, studded with schooners and other craft beating out, presenting a cheering and beautiful sight. The clear bright sun striking upon the white sails and the deep blue of the lake made up a picture one would stop to gaze at and linger over.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 23, 1869