The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Collingwood Journal (Collingwood, ON), June 26, 1858

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The Canadian pays us almost a daily visit, so that in spite of the dull times, Collingwood has 6 steamboats regularly running in connection with the Northern Railroad, beside some sailing -craft bringing lumber from McWatt and Co's Tiny mills, and from Cochrane's mills on the Nottawasaga River, to ship by Railroad to Albany and New York.; this seems rather a curious operation; but lumber is not saleable at present at Chicago, and parties having stock on hand are obliged to ship to eastern markets. We think this source of traffic from the Georgian Bay to Albany, is the shape of lumber, was never calculated in the probable traffic by the most sanguine advocates of the Northern Railroad. McWatt & Co, have also, within the last few days, entered into a contract to supply the Contractors of the University Buildings with a large amount of lumber.

The New Route Open

The steamer Ploughboy made a quick trip to the Sault for her first one. She left here on Monday night, 12 p.m., 14th; returned Friday morning, 9 a.m. the 18th, with some passengers and left again on Saturday night with 30 passengers and some freight for the north shore of Lake Huron , ant the Sault Ste. Marie. We should think some of the Torontonians would take advantage of this beautiful route this season. They may leave Toronto on Friday evening return there on Thursday morning, if not sooner, (she has a good engine and runs well) and pass through a continued line of the most beautiful scenery in Canada, for after leaving Lonely Island it is, we may say, a river navigation the whole way to the Sault-studded with millions of Isles, Indian Settlements Hudson's Bay Posts, Mining Locations, combined with the purist air and choicest water in the world, all for the small sum of $20 to the Sault and back.

The Hunter came in on Saturday, the 19th in the morning, with 40 passengers, 3, 000bushels of corn, and 1, 00 barrels of flour for Portland, Montreal, Boston, and Toronto. She left the same night, with forty first class passengers, and upwards of 100 emigrants, and a full load of goods, with a number of horses and wagons &c.


June 18-Steamer Ploughboy, from Sault Ste Marie

19-Steamer Hunter, from Chicago, 40 passengers; freight equal to 1, 160 bbls., 3, 000 bushels corn

21-Steamer Evergreen City, from Chicago; 22 passengers, freight equal to 650 bbls.

22- Steamer Montgomery



June17- Steamer Ontonogon; 98 passengers, 15 horses

19-Steamer Hunter; 80 immigrants, 30 first class passengers, 6 horses, 30 tons freight

19-Steamer Ploughboy;10 passengers, small quantity freight

22-Steamer Evergreen City; 60 emigrants, first class passengers, and freight.

TO Mackinaw, Georgian Bay, and Around
Lake Superior
Will make two Pleasure Excursions, as
above, the present season, leaving Chicago
as follows
July13, at 8 o'clock P.M.
SECOND EXCURSION - Leave Chicago Satur
day, July 31, at 8 o'clock P.M.

On each of the excursions the Lady Elgin will make landings at the several ports on the west shores of lake Michigan, as far north as Two Rivers. Thence she will proceed through the beautiful Island Scenery intervening between that point and Mackinaw, at which place sufficient time will be given the excursionists to visit the Fort, and examine the various natural curiosities of that famous island.

From Mackinaw the Lady Elgin will proceed to Georgian Bay, remaining at Collingwood one day, to afford passengers an opportunity to visit Lake Simcoe, over the Ontario Simcoe and Huron Railway. Thence passing among "The Million Islands" of the Bay she will proceed up the St Mary's River and through Lake George to the Sault, where enough time will be given to examine the Town, the Falls, and the great Ship Canal connecting Lake Superior with the Lower Lakes...

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Bill Hester
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Collingwood Journal (Collingwood, ON), June 26, 1858