THE SEASON OF 1848.
Active preparations are already in progress for the approaching season. We have every reason to believe that the shipping business of Hamilton will be greatly increased, and that her just claim to superiority of position can no longer be disregarded. A line of freight and passage steamers, between Hamilton and Montreal direct, is contemplated, and of this line two new vessels are nearly ready. The Magnet will probably form a third steamer, but on this point we have no positive information. However, there can be no question that a line of first class boats, to ply from the head of Lake Ontario to Montreal would be of great advantage alike to the producer, the shipper, and the country generally; complaints of damage and delay, caused by transhipment, would altogether cease. The line we allude to will be under excellent management - Messrs. G__, Land & Routh, taking charge of the business here, and Joseph Ward, Esq., formerly of this City, having the Agency in Montreal. This arrangement will give perfect satisfaction at either end of the route.
On the route between Hamilton and Lewiston we understand that our old friend, Capt. Masson, will run the Rochester, an excellent vessel - thus affording a speedy and pleasant means of communication with our nearest Republican neighbours. Captain Masson may be said to have created and established the business on this route himself, and his numerous friends will be pleased to learn that the increase during the past year, was sufficient to justify the employment of a first class steamer during the coming season.
In adddition to this, we have heard of no less than two vessels being placed on the route from Oswego to Hamilton. As no attempt has been made to establish a line between these places before, it can scarcely be viewed otherwise than as an experiment, but we have little doubt that the completion of the Oswego and Syracuse Railroad, and the forwarding trade that is now carried on, will speedily render this route one of the very best on the lake.
Numerous schooners will convey produce and merchandize between Hamilton and Oswego; of which we will take an early occasion to speak more definitely. [Hamilton Gazette]