The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Commerce (Steamboat), 1 May 1848

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At an early hour this morning the attention of our citizens was directed to a odd-looking craft that made her appearance in the offing, and various conjectures as to her name, her tonnage and the particular class of vessel she was entitled to take rank with were afloat. One thing was evident, she was a steam craft of some description, and was moving towards our port at no snail-like pace. As she passed up the creek, the spectators had an opportunity of satisfying themselves that she was a veritable steamboat (not a propeller) with an abbreviated stern something like that of a duck. On visiting her she proved to be the Canadian steamboat COMMERCE, Capt. Cochrane, and is the first boat from Quebec or Montreal to this place. Her burthen is about 200 tons.--Length 140 feet; breadth of beam 26 feet and depth of hold 9 feet. The COMMERCE was built last fall, is owned by McPherson and Crane, of Montreal, and has made several trips to Quebec. On the 1st. of May last, she left Montreal for the Bruce Mines on lake Huron and after passing through the Lachine, Cornwall and Beauharnois canal, arrived at Kingston, where she took on a load of merchandise and 100 miners. After subsequently passing through the Welland Canal, she arrived at the Bruce Mines on Lake Huron on the 10th. inst., and left there the following day for this place for a load of copper ore belonging to the Bruce Mining Company, which was left over here last fall, and which she will convey to Montreal direct. Captain Cochrane informs us that the COMMERCE, with a cargo of 3,000 barrels flour, passes through the various Canadian canals without difficulty, and that she runs regularly hereafter between Port Stanley and Montreal. Property at Buffalo destined for Montreal can be sent by this conveyance, on timely notice being given to the agent of Messrs McPherson & Crane, at Port Stanley.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Monday Evening, May 14, 1848

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William R. McNeil
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Commerce (Steamboat), 1 May 1848