The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 Mar 1856

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p.2 Ice On Lake Ontario - Rochester, March 14th - Never in the memory of man was there so much ice in Lake Ontario as at present. Viewing the Lake from the mouth of the Genesee a small space of open blue water is observable at the end of the pier, beyond which nothing can be seen but a vast field of ice. We hear similar reports from Sodus, Oswego, and other points to the Eastward. As this ice is broken and drifting, the conclusion is that the lower end of the Lake, and perhaps up to Sodus, is filled to a great depth with what has been blown down by the westerly gales. If this is true, the prospect for an early opening of the St. Lawrence is anything but favorable. We hear the steamboat men say that they do not expect to see Kingston harbor clear before May.

Navigation at this point will not open as early as usual, though the Highlander is ready to leave for the Canadian ports on the first opportunity. The river has been open for some time, almost as far up as the lower docks at Charlotte, but on Saturday night, the wind drove in a large quantity of ice, filling the channel to the farthermost end of the piers. This, however, is unlikely to remain long. It was expected that a steamer would leave for Toronto one week from today, but it now appears doubtful about her getting out under a fortnight.

Vessels Required - Several vessels required at the opening of navigation and during the season, to convey Lumber from Trenton to Chicago. Application, stating rate per Thousand feet, to Adam H. Myers, Trenton. March 14th

March 20, 1856

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 Mar 1856