The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), March 14, 1878

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p.3 The ferry boat Prince Edward made her first trip on Tuesday.

The Welland Canal Missions - The Rev. Thomas Bone addressed the weekly meetings at the first Congregational Church and St. Andrews Hall last night, giving some interesting details to his work among the sailors on the lakes. He speaks at Sydenham Street Church tonight.

Marine News

The steamer Geneva will be ready for making trips on Saturday next.

The Oliver Mowat has been loaded with ice at Portsmouth, and the Brooklyn has gone out there for the same purpose.

Why Sailing Has Not Yet Begun - The Buffalo Express gives the following reason why, nothwithstanding the season, navigation has not yet begun: "The lakes, we understand, are all the way from Chicago, free from ice, and ripple upon the sand beaches as pleasantly as if the sun was three months further northward. The straits are unobstructed, the harbours are all open and in fact, navigation, if anybody wants to navigate, is as open as it was last August. Then, ask some of our readers who remember the eager scramble to be first out in other, but generally longer seasons, why are not the vessels and steamboats coming and going into and from our ports? One and a very sufficient reason is that the underwriters will take no risks before the 1st of April, so loads are not to be had even if the vessel owners were willing to chance the safety of their uninsured crafts. Also, there is very little grain at the upper lake ports awaiting shipment, for the winter in the west has been an unusually open one, with the roads nearly all the time so bad that farmers have been quite unable to get their produce to the shipping points."

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), March 14, 1878