The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Argus (Kingston, ON), Dec. 31, 1846

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The Navigation.

The Bay opposite the city is completely frozen over. Burlington Bay is still open and the steamer Eclipse continues to ply daily. [Hamilton paper]

Correspondence of the Rochester American.

Oswego, Dec. 5th - This port presents a lasting monument to "Polk's harbor veto." Not less than six schooners exhibit themselves as wrecks, after long voyages from the upper lakes with safety, until they were coming into the harbor. They struck on small rocks, which can be easily removed, and would have been, had not the autocrat of "locofocoism" interposed his "veto" to any and everything that tends to facilitate commerce on the lakes.

The break water or pier, like that at the mouth of our noble Genesee, is fast going to destruction. Another year, the dashing of the waves will use up what is left of the one here; some forty feet having just been washed away.

The harbor is full of shipping, and several Canadian schooners loading for Toronto and Kingston. There are now 65 vessels that have been detained by the Welland Canal. Their arrival is looked for hourly. Their cargoes consist of some 250,000 bushels of wheat, and a large amount of other produce....



To the Editor of the Argus.

Dear Sir;

As a matter of public interest, especially to the Citizens of Kingston, I beg to request that you will please publish the undermentioned statements, which show the number of vessels which have arrived at the Port of Kingston, from the 13th of October, 1846, (the day the Harbour Master commenced his duties) up to the 21st of December, 1846:

Steamboats (not commuted for)

Propellers ditto 50

Brigs ditto 4

Brigantines 8

Schooners, 3rd class, from 1 ton to 50, 2

Ditto 2nd class, from 50 tons to 100, 86

Ditto 3rd class, from 100 tons upwards 69

Scows, 70

Wood boats 225

In addtion to the above, the Proprietors or Agents, viz., Messrs. McPherson & Crane, Messrs. Hooker & Henderson, Messrs. Jones & Walker, Messrs. H. & S. Jones, the Hon. John Hamilton, John H. Greer, Esq., Donald McIntosh, Esq., Messrs. J.F. McQuaig & Co., and Messrs. John & George Ives, have commuted with the City Council, for the following vessels, for the Harbor dues for the season, beginning the 13th of October, last, and therefore, their arrivals are not included in the above list, viz.:

Steamers, 1st class, (No. of vessels) 12

Ditto, second class, do. 5

Ditto, third class, do. 31

Propellers 13

Besides a great number of Barges which were commuted for by the Proprietors of the last named Steamers and Propellers, and the wood carried by such Barges being also included in commutation during the above named period.

The Harbor Master paid into the City Treasurer for the gross receipts under the Harbor Act, the sum of 93 pounds, 18 s. 11 1/2 d.

In making this statement of the first proceedings which have been taken under the Harbor Act of the City Council, the undersigned begs to avail himself of the opportunity, and thank the Forwarding Merchants, Masters of vessels and others, for the liberality and civility shewn to him in the discharge of the duties of his new office.

I am, Sir, your humble servant,

Walter McCuniffe,

Harbor Master.

Kingston, Dec. 26th, 1846.

Died - In Hamilton, on Friday morning, Mr. Alexander Covin, ship builder formerly of Belfast, Ireland.

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Argus (Kingston, ON), Dec. 31, 1846