The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 May 1860

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The Movements of the Royal Mail Line of Steamers.

Next week the splendid line of Lake and River Mail Steamers, connecting Toronto and the Falls of Niagara with Quebec, and under the sole management of the Hon. John Hamilton, are all in most capital order, and will make a move next week. The New York will leave Prescott and Ogdensburgh for the head of the Lake on Monday, and the Northerner on Tuesday, and each will return the following day. On Tuesday the Passport makes a start for Quebec, followed by the Kingston, Banshee, New Era, and Champion, in daily succession, though not perhaps in this order. All the old captains command their several vessels, with the exception of the Banshee, which loses Capt. T. Howard and gains Capt. Duncan Sinclair, formerly of the Mayflower, a very smart, active officer, and a good seaman to boot.

In addition to this noble line of steamers, the new and handsome steamboat, Walter Shanley, will run twice a day between Kingston and Cape Vincent, forming a connection between the River Steamers and the Lake Steamers in the evening, and early in the morning between the Grand Trunk Railroad and the Rome and Cape Vincent Railroad. The Walter Shanley is larger than any Canadian steamer afloat above Montreal, and is only five years old.

And still further in addition, and extending the Line to Riviere du Loup, Cacouna, and the Saguenay, is the iron steamer Magnet, Capt. Thomas Howard, late of the Banshee, which, during the summer months, will leave Quebec for the above places twice a week. The Magnet has had all her upper works rebuilt, and her machinery greatly improved, and, as is well known, is perhaps the best sea boat extant.

The Northern Route - the Lake Huron boats have commenced their trips; the Evergreen City has arrived. [Globe]

-Coal from Cleveland - to N.Y. via Quebec - an order for 30 cargoes.

-canal is busy with lumber for American markets.

-The Steamer Oregon Sunk - at wharf at Portage du Fort, to be replaced by Snow Bird. [Aylmer Times, April 25]

-Imports - May 1,2.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 May 1860