The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Apr 1860

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p.2 Although Kingston harbor has been long opened, yet little or no business on the lake or river has been done. With the exception of the Pierrepont (steam ferry-boat to Cape Vincent), not a single steamer has moved her paddles; and only a portion of the fleet of schooners laid up for the winter has moved out in search of freight; and a couple of small craft with fruit, fish and other comestibles, are the sole arrivals from the other side. The first steamboat departure for the head of the lake will be that of Capt. Perry's Bowmanville, advertised to leave on Monday next. Showing very plainly that however early the ice of the harbor may go out, yet there is no forcing the real opening of navigation. That always takes place at the usual time.

The boats of the River Mail Line are getting into apple-pie order, though there is no present intention of stirring them until the beginning of May. The Hon. Mr. Hamilton, proprietor of the steamers Passport, Kingston, and Champion, has chartered the steamers Banshee, New Era, and Jenny Lind. These boats will form a daily Line between Kingston and Quebec, calling at the usual river ports, and connecting at Ogdensburgh with the Lake Ontario Express Line. Mr. Hamilton has also chartered the American steamers New York and Northerner, which during the past year constituted the American Express Line. These two large and fine steamers will form the Lake Ontario Express Line between Ogdensburgh and Lewiston, calling both ways at Cape Vincent and Toronto. A suitable steamer will run between Kingston and Cape Vincent in connection with this line. There will be a daily line to Quebec, Toronto, and Niagara Falls, and a boat lying in our port a considerable portion of each day - it being intended that the river boat from Quebec and Montreal shall arrive about three o'clock in the afternoon, and leave about four o'clock the following morning, after the arrival of the night express train from Toronto.

Not so, the Side Line of American Lake Boats now placed under the management of Capt. Throop. Two of the four will begin to run on the 10th instant, and the other two take their place in the Line in a fortnight afterwards. These boats will stop regularly at the St. Lawrence Wharf.

When the Mail Steamers make a start, the Passenger Cars of the Grand Trunk will run into Kingston, where preparations are now being made on a large scale, in the shape of Depot Buildings, to receive them.

Man Drowned - the lighthouse keeper near Rockport.

p.3 ad for steamer Bowmanville, Capt. Perry.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Apr 1860