The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Wed., April 18, 1856

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Our Harbor Opened. - The ice has raised the embargo on our harbor at last, - more than a month later than ever known before, even in the memory of the "oldest inhabitant. " A warm rain on Tuesday must have rotted the ice considerably, and on Tuesday night a brisk breeze from the south and south-east, drove in from the shore, leaving our harbor and the offing entirely clear. The event took our good people by surprise on rising in the morning and looking on the Lake. It infused new life and energy along the dock, and the sailors sang out merrily,

The ice has gone -

Gone to Canada,

Under Reciprocity.

The Propeller Kentucky, which had been fired up and struggling unsuccessfully since Sunday to make her way out of the harbor through the ice, during the night cleared away in gallant style for Toronto with a very valuable cargo of some four hundred tons of merchandize, for that Port and Hamilton. She no doubt reached Toronto last night. The marlinspike, calking iron and merry voices of the sailors made music in our harbor yesterday. The vessels will be speedily decked in full rig ready for departure.

Vessels will get through the Welland Canal this season as early as last, which was on the 27th of April, providing the ice in lake Erie will permit. The ice in lake Ontario being loose, will soon be demolished into fragments, and go down the St. Lawrence, giving us free scope with Canada. It has been a long tedious winter, and a late spring, but we hope for a prosperous and lucky season to compensate for it.

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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Wed., April 18, 1856