The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Cossack (Ferry), 1 Jun 1826

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HORSE FERRY BOAT "COSSACK" - Messrs. Fraser, Brace, and Sill, during the past winter, obtained by law, a lease of the ferry between Black Rock and Waterloo, U. C. At
this ferry there has hitherto, been some considerable delays in crossing, owing to the current of the river, and the tardy manner with which heavy scows could be propelled, by the force of the best oars. This evil is now remedied. The gentlemen above named, have, with a public spirit truly laudable, constructed a Horse Ferry Boat, upon an improved plan, at the cost of about $1,500. It is propelled by the force of four horses only; her speed is really astonishing; she crosses the river from the pier off Ferry Street, and reaches Col. Warren's dock, in five minutes, some trips have been short of five; but never, with a strong head wind, over six minutes -- the distance over is about 3/4ths. of a mile, rather over than under that distance. The speed of the COSSACK cannot, perhaps, be equalled by any boat of a similar description in this state. The facilities of passing to our neighbors, the Canadians, are such, that we hope, that the proprietors of the COSSACK, will meet with the liberal patronage of the public.
      Gentlemen can now cross the Niagara, transact buisness at Waterloo, and return in one hour, and, at only the expense of 25 cents.
      Black Rock Gazette
      June 22, 1826 p.2,c.5

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Cossack (Ferry), 1 Jun 1826