The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), May 14, 1845

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p.2 The greatest activity now prevails in all matters connected with Steam Boats and the Forwarding Trade here. Every morning is ushered in by the arrival of one of our splendid Mail Packets from Toronto, about 6 o'clock, with passengers and laden with the valuable produce of the West. At 7, one of the Montreal line leaves for that City - either the Canada, the Gildersleeve, or the Highlander. Every wharf during the day exhibits the greatest bustle in loading barges, and the smaller class of steam boats, for the same destination, - whilst arrivals are almost hourly taking place of those vessels, loaded with newly imported goods on their return by the Rideau Canal. At about three o'clock in the afternoon one of the upwards river line arrives from Montreal, bringing the Mail. At 4, two of the fine class of American steam boats call at Greer's Wharf, one on its way up from Ogdensburgh for Lewiston and intermediate ports - and the other on her downward trip on the same line. At 6 the steamboats leave for the several ports on the Bay of Quinte between Kingston and the River Trent - and at 7 the Mail steamer leaves for Toronto.

There is besides a small steamer plying regularly three times a day between Kingston and Wolf Island, touching at Garden Island.

All these, with the beautiful class of sailing vessels which frequent this port presents a most interesting scene, and this is of daily occurrence.

(the editorial goes on to contrast this with the inactivity on shore)

p.3 The new steamer London has commenced her regular trips on Lake Erie, making the passage from Buffalo to Detroit and back again, twice a week. She performs admirably, and we learn that her ordinary speed is 15 miles per hour. All the papers praise her, and the Americans are satisfied that she can beat all the steamers they have on Lake Erie. One of their crack vessels - the Rochester - came out as the London left Detroit on her first trip and carrying all the steam she could put on, started for a trial of speed. Nothing was done to accelerate the speed of the London, but at that rate she beat the presumptuous "crack" no less than 20 minutes in as many miles.

We understand from gentlemen who were on board the London during her first trip, that some of the harbors on our side of the lake are in a miserable condition, and very much require the attention of the Board of Works. [Niagara Chronicle]

The breech which happened a few days since in the bank of the Lachine Canal, about five miles up, is now thoroughly repaired, and the water was again let in on Thursday evening. Upwards of twenty propellers and schooners passed through the locks on Friday to discharge their cargoes. [Montreal Times]

The U.S. ship Jefferson (Revenue Cutter) built at Oswego, made her 1st trial trip a few days since. The Jefferson is a fine iron steamboat, of 300 tons - has the Ericson Propeller, and 3 masts with a fine spread of canvas.

Forwarding for 1845 - The Subscribers will be prepared to Forward Goods and Produce to and from Montreal, during the present season, at reasonable rates, and will be in readiness to receive freight for immediate dispatch on the 18th instant. They trust that the Trading community of Canada East and West will favour them with a share of their patronage.

Bog, Dickson & Co., Kingston.

Dickson, Johnson, & Co., Montreal.

Kingston, May 12th, 1845.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), May 14, 1845