The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Gazette (Kingston, ON), 21 Oct 1817

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p.2 a letter about Naval Establishment not mixing with Kingstonians, signed by "Historicus".

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Commerce of the Upper Lakes, etc.

[Montreal Herald]

It is with lively satisfaction we notice, that an active and greatly extended commerce has succeeded the din of war on the Lakes of Upper Canada, from Prescott and Ogdensburgh to the falls of St. Mary. The ports of Kingston, York and Niagara, have their marine list, which, from the number of arrivals and departures announced weekly, indicate much wealth and great activity, and on Lake Erie, a corresponding industry is observed. On the American shores, the commercial progress has been still more rapid. Ogdensburgh, Sacket's Harbor, Oswego, Sodus and Niagara, present the bustle and activity of considerable Maritime Ports. In the maritime lists of some of those ports, we have seen as many as twenty arrivals in one week, of boats carrying from 150 to 250 barrels; and sloops and schooners from 50 to 150 tons burden, all fully loaded. This is the more extraordinary, for only twenty years ago the adjoining country was almost without population, and is a noble illustration of what the hand of man is capable of accomplishing by steady perseverance...(it goes on to complain of lack of government support for improvements to internal navigation.)

p.3 Melancholy Event - 3 men in skiff fishing in harbor, upset, 1 man drowns.



Sept. 2nd - Packet Rambler, Cherry, from Kingston, passengers.

5th - do. do.

6th - Schr. Leicester, Prime, fr. Kingston, merchandize.

8th - Rambler, Cherry, fr. S. Harbor, passengers.

Dolphin, Clark, fr. Kingston, merchandize.

10th - Morning Star, Bush, fr. Oswego, 205 barrels salt.

11th - Dolphin, Howe, from Kingston, merchandize and passengers.

12th - Rambler, Cherry, from S. Harbor, passengers & household furniture.

15th - Packet Rambler - G.R. Cherry, from S. Harbor, passengers.

19th - Schr. Lady Amelia, Covert, merchandize from Kingston.

22th - Rambler, G.R. Cherry, from S. Harbor, horse, waggon, & passengers.

27th - do. , passengers.

30th - Schr. Lady Amelia, Covert, fr. Kingston, merchandize.

Oct. 1st - Farmer's Daughter, Ingalls, fr. S. Harbor.

2th - Fellowship, Dyer, fr. Kingston, merchandize.

6th - Rambler, Cherry, fr. S. Harbor, passengers.

11th - do. do.

Dolphin, Howe, Bellville, passengers.

12th - Fellowship, Dyer, Kingston, merchandize.

15th - Durham boat, Yerx, merchandize.

18th - Rambler, Cherry, from S. Harbor, passengers.

(Clearances omitted for want of room.)


Is hereby given to all persons, that the subscriber has every reason to believe that Hugh Earl and George Smith, (both of Kingston) have offered, or will offer for sale, a certain vessel called the sch'r General Brock, (built in the Bay of Quinty).

Know now the subscriber forbids all persons from purchasing the whole or any part of said vessel, or of paying unto Hugh Earl (as ship's husband), any freight accounts rendered by him, up to this date, or any future date. Whenever Hugh Earl and George Smith think proper to render a correct account of the above vessel's cost previous to her first sailing, on or about the 1st of July 1815, and her yearly expenditures since, with her freight received, and how that freight has been made use of, then the subscriber will feel pleasure in conforming to any arrangement they may wish, and found agreeable to Oliphant O.Petrie; providing their wishes do not exceed the bounds of propriety.

Niagara, Oct. 2, 1817. WILLIAM FISH.



Oct. 14th - Schr. Ann & Jane, Smith, from the Head of the Lake, with apples.

15th - Kingston Packet, Reid, from Sacket's Harbor with cheese.

Woolsey, Rounds, from do. with passengers.

16th - Bethiah, Penny, from do. potatoes, oats, etc.

Nancy, Fairbanks, from Genesee, produce.

17th - Kingston Packet, Reid, from Sacket's, passengers.

Farmer's Daughter, Sherwin, from do., passengers.

18th - Triumph, Cook, from do., peas, potatoes, oats, etc.

Dove, Brockway, from Brockville, in ballast.

Com. Perry, Parker, from Sacket's, potatoes and beer.

Swallow, Leslie, from Sodus, flour, potash and hay.

Traveller, Barrett, from Sacket's with 400 bush. of potatoes.

Boat Hornet, Wood, from do., vegetables.


Oct. 14th - Steam Boat Frontenac, McKenzie, for York, with passengers.

Schr. Kingston Packet, Reid, for Sacket's.

Woolsey, Rounds, for do.

15th - Nancy, Fairbanks, for Genesee.

Bethiah, Penny, for Sacket's.

16th - Kingston Packet, Reid, for do.

Farmer's Daughter, Sherwin, for do.

17th - Ann & Jane, Smith, for York, with merchandize.

Triumph, Cook, for Sacket's.

Com. Perry, Parker, for do.

Swallow, Leslie, for Sodus.

Traveller, Barrett, for Sacket's.

Boat Hornet, Wood, for do.

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Kingston Gazette (Kingston, ON), 21 Oct 1817