The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Earl Cathcart (Propeller), 1 Apr 1849

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BY THE St. LAWRENCE. - We notice the departure of the propeller SCIOTA, with 2100 bbls. of flour from Milwaukee for Bangor, Maine, and the schooner CHRISTINE for a Canadian port with 1900 bbls; also the propeller CATHCART from Detroit, with a cargo of flour, destined for sale at Burlington. Vt. The CATHCART proceeds direct to Montreal, which route is said to be cheaper that that by the Erie Canal. - Chicago Dem.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Saturday, April 28, 1849

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      We learn that the large steam propeller EARL CATHCART has arrived at Lachine (where she waits the filling of the Canal) with a cargo of flour and pork consigned to the Champlain and St. Lawrence Railroad Company, the property of J. Hatch, Esq., of Burlington. This is the first of a line of steamers about to be put on for the conveyance of the produce of the Western States to the waters of Lake Champlain, a business which is likely to increase to an unlooked for extent. It is found, that by the route of the St. Lawrence freight from Detroit can be delivered at Burlington fifteen days quicker than be the Erie Canal, and at a great saving of expense. - Montreal Pilot
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NEW TRADE:-- Messrs. Holmes & Co., advertise in another column, the cargo of the schooner MARIE, direct from Quebec to this port. This is the first arrival of a cargo of merchandize by this route, and it forms an era in the commerce of the west.
The same house shipped yesterday from Toledo on board the propeller EARL CATHCART, several hundred barrels of Indian meal to Messrs, Welch & Davis, Quebec. This meal was from the mills of Mr. E.W. Andrews. Thus is a trade at last opened with our Canadian neighbors, which has the advantage of paying at "both ends."
      Daily True Democrat (Cleveland)
      Friday, July 6, 1849

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Earl Cathcart (Propeller), 1 Apr 1849