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

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p.2 Early Times Upon The Lake - In the years 1802-3 the first vessel was built on Lake Ontario, on the American coast of the lake, for commercial purposes. She was built at Genesee River, and was to have been called the Jemima Wilkason. This was before the days of custom house officers on the lake coast. I think she never sailed under the name. She was purchased by some gentleman of Oswego, and Matthew McNair soon became her owner; he gave her the name of Peggy. She was principally employed in carrying salt from Oswego to the different Canadian ports. She was commanded by Augustus Ford, who afterwards became S.M. in the navy of the United States, and was a very efficient officer in our late war with England. In 1806, I think, the Peggy was hauled out, cut in two, and lengthened. After that she was called the Linda and was considered quite a vessel. She would then carry 210 barrels of salt. She was commanded by Archibald Montgomery. In 1808 (I was a boy then, and belonged to the vessel - it was what was known as the embargo year) the Linda was principally employed in transporting potash and provisions from the lake coast down to the River St. Lawrence. Custom houses had been established at several of the lake ports in 1840.

Imports - Sept. 17th - Str. Niagara, Ogdensburgh, (gen. cargo).

Sloop Rough & Ready, Clayton, 28 cords wood, J. Roderick.

Str. Ottawa, Montreal, (gen. cargo).

Str. Bay State, Oswego, (gen. cargo).


Accommodation Steamer for


The Large Upper Cabin Steamer

MAYFLOWER, Capt. D. Sinclair,

Has been expressly fitted up for the Accommodation of Visitors to the Exhibition, and on her return trips will leave Putnam's Wharf, on Tuesday 23rd, at 9 A.M.; and after close of the fair, on Friday evening for Toronto, at 10 o'clock, calling both times at Cobourg, Port Hope, Bond Head, Darlington, Oshawa and Whitby.

For Freight or Passage apply on board or to L.N. Putnam, Atlantic Wharf.


On Thursday and Friday, 25th and 26th insts., a Public Table will be laid for 100 persons on board the steamer May Flower at the usual hours - Breakfast 8 o'clock; Dinner 1 o'clock; Supper 6 o'clock. Meals 2 s. 6 d. Cy. each.

For State Rooms or Berths apply to Purser on board. Kingston, Sept. 19th.

Notice To Mariners - The erection of the Scotch Bonnet Light, between Long Point and Presque Isle, has just been completed, and is now in efficient working order.

Sept. 17th D.C. Smith, Superintendent of Light Houses

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 Sep 1856