The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Saturday, April 19, 1856

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The first arrival at this port this season is the Propeller City of Hamilton, Capt. Evart, from Toronto, consigned to the enterprising Canadian house of Messrs. Clemow & Bloore. She left Toronto on afternoon about five o'clock, arriving here yesterday at three. She brings a cargo of 2,660 barrels of flour, and 43 bags of peas, consigned to Messrs. Clemow & Bloore; 390 barrels of split peas to R.S. Perry, and 15 bundles of sheep-skins, to S. & S. Allen. Capt. Evart saw considerable ice in the Lake, but it proved no obstruction. It is quite soft.

The City of Hamilton will immediately take in a load of merchandise for Toronto, and leave tonight if possible. The house of Clemow & Bloore has therefore the prestige of the first arrival by steam or otherwise, at this port for 1856. They will wear the the "belt" for the season. Who will be the first on sail vessels. We shall see.


Oswego Still Closed. - The harbor of Oswego is still closed by ice. The propeller Kentucky attempted to get out on Monday but failed and returned to her dock. If those goods had been sent to Rochester they would have bee in the hands of the Toronto merchants ere this. - Rochester Union.

It is natural for the Rochester paper to make the most of a little. By an extraordinary circumstance, the Rochester harbor was open this season a few days before that of Oswego. The delay in the opening of navigation that has occurred here this spring was never known before, and in all probability will not occur again in fifty years. The Oswego harbor has never before been closed, even in the winter, so that steamers could not enter.

When the Rochester man was penning the above, the Oswego harbor was clear of ice, and the Propeller Kentucky was on her way to, and nearly at Toronto, with a cargo more goods than all that have been shipped from Genesee River this season. If the goods had been sent to Rochester they would not have reached their destination as soon as they have. The paragraph of the Union is largely diluted with "gas."

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Saturday, April 19, 1856