p.2 The America - We paid a visit yesterday afternoon to the splendid new steamer America, now lying at this Port, a description of which has already appeared in this paper. The America is fitted up with as much taste and elegance as any boat in our eastern waters. The plan is original in some respects and all the arrangements seem to be made with a view to comfort and convenience. She will without doubt soon be the favorite among the Lake Travellers. In addition to a powerful engine she has masts and sails to enable her to take advantage of a fair wind. We learn from the officers and crew that the America performed her first trip remarkably well.
[Rochester Democrat, April 16th]
Welland Canal - This important link of connection between the two splendid lakes, Erie and Ontario, will soon be in requisition again, for the purposes of commerce. It is known to most of our readers, that the water has been drawn off the canal, during the past winter, in order to afford an opportunity of widening and deepening the feeder. The contractors for the work have been favored with propitious weather, and have proceeded advantageously and prosperously, thus far. It is expected that in the course of another season, this object will be fully accomplished.
On Thursday the 14th instant, the water was let in again, and the following day witnessed between twenty and thirty schooners, lying in the basins near our village, on their way to their various destinations on the upper lakes. One of them is bound for Chicago, Illinois, and others to various ports in Canada and the United States. The various branches of trade will now receive a fresh impetus. Considerable Canada capital has been employed, during the past winter, in purchasing wheat, in Ohio and other Western States, as well as from the upper part of this division of Canada.
We heartily hail the present season of returning bustle and wealth, and hope our own enterprising village may reap its full share of advantage from this medium of internal navigation. The most sanguine expectations of the projectors of this canal, have been more than realized; and now that it has passed from private hands into those of the Government, and is thus likely to be subjected to more important and extensive improvements, from time to time, its commerce will no doubt rapidly increase, and the wealth produced by it, will be of immense advantage to the country generally, and especially to those villages and hamlets situated on its banks. [St. Catherines Journal, April 4th]
Welland Canal - Vessels commenced navigating the entire length of this canal on Monday last - since which time, a great number of schooners have passed, keeping the locks in constant requisition, every hour in the day. The steam schooner Vandalia, from Oswego, bound to Chicago, Illinois, with freight, and about thirty passengers, was among the first that passed up. The price charged, is said to be from $3 to $4 less than by the Buffalo route; and the expedition, safety and certainty, nearly equal. [St. Catharine's Journal, April 21st]
Port of Cobourg - report for 1841, account of imports and exports; "397 vessels over 50 tons burthen, 73 do. under 50 do. do. touched at this port during the season." [Cobourg Star]
p.3 Transport - Direct from Quebec to Kingston, touching at intermediate places, thence by Steamers and Schooners to any Port on the Lakes, and vice versa.
The Subscribers established a Forwarding Office at Quebec last year; since then, and in addition to their former establishment there, they have rented large and convenient premises from James Gibb, Esq. and will be amply prepared for the opening of the Navigation, with Steamers and other Craft, best suited to the trade, to give despatch to all property entrusted to their care. For further information, apply at any of their Offices at Quebec, Montreal, Bytown, Prescott, or Kingston.
Montreal, April 23rd, 1842 MacPherson, Crane & Co.
Notice - A dividend of 6 Pounds on each Share in the Steamer Cobourg has been this day declared, and will be payable after this date, at the office of Messrs. Gamble & Boulton, Toronto. Clarke Gamble, Chairman. April 9th, 1842.
Boats For Hire - The Subscriber has a number of pleasure Sail and Row-Boats, of various sizes, which he will hire out by the hour or day, as may be required, to persons competent to manage and take proper care of them. Individuals or parties of pleasure can be accommodated on the shortest notice by application to him, opposite the Government Offices.
Kingston, April 14th, 1842. Michael Griffin.