The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Nov. 17, 1863

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Trading Craft. - The fleet of small craft that usually coast upon this lake and trade between Kingston and neighboring American ports, says the British North American, have experienced an ordinarily prosperous season, notwithstanding the larger class of vessels have not enriched the coffers of their owners to an extent that might be desired the present year. These small craft are usually commanded by their owners, men of energy and industry, always on the watch for good freights, and prudent in their outlays, and even in dull seasons when the grain carrying vessels are lying idle, there is sufficient trade transacting to keep this commerce and trade as lively as ever.

The sloop Greyhound has tripped it principally during the season between Kingston and Oswego, having made upwards of fifty trips, and been detained scarcely an hour from slack of business. She is about ninety tons capacity, and owned and commanded by Capt. A. Eccles, of Wolfe Island. She has frequently made her two trips across the lake, loaded and laded within a week. --

The Challenge and Messenger are others of the same class, but we regret to learn that the latter has disappeared from our marine by being wrecked during last week at Pigeon Bay. She was owned and commanded by Capt. P. Bennett, an industrious and estimable resident of Wolfe island, but we trust that insurance will shield him from serious loss. The diminutive fore-and-afters Happy Jack and Gypsey are frequent visitors in our harbor, from the American side, replenishing the stocks of grocerymen and fruit dealers; and numerous other sail of the same fleet which do not just now recur to us by name, have been equally prosperous, and we are pleased to note the success of this industrious and deserving class.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Nov. 17, 1863