Records of Bygone Years Show That It Was Seldom Impossible
New treasures are being added to the marine gallery at Parson's ship chandlery store almost daily. The latest are framed manifests of the steamer Nicholas which plied between this port and Canada back in the 'fifties, when the late William Williams, grandfather of James Brown, of the Oswego post office, was in command. The manifest shows that the Nicolas, or St. Nicolas, sailed from Toronto to Oswego on Jan. 1st, 1855, with 3,020 barrels of flour and fourteen barrels of ale. Three days later the steamer returned to Toronto, and on the 13th of January, 1855, was back again. February 13th, 1855, she came in with 3,060 barrels of flour and other small articles.
There are other manifests of the schooner Ella Murton, Captain John Saunders, master, which sailed from Kingston, January 14th, 1890, with 17,000 bushels of barley for Gaylord, Downey & Company. She arrived here on January 16th and went back light.
There are those who have said that a Winter ferry could not be maintained between this port and Kingston because of the heavy ice that makes at Kingston and the foot of the lake, but it appears from records here quoted and others extant that Winter navigation between this port and Kingston is practical in the properly constructed craft.