The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Argus (Kingston, ON), May 16, 1848

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New Freight Steamers.

On Thursday last Messrs. Hooker & Henderson's new Lake and River Freight Steamer Free Trader arrived here from Montreal on her first trip. She is a fine vessel, of the largest class that can pass through the Welland Canal and St. Lawrence Canals, and is furnished with one of Ward & Brush's superior low pressure engines, which propels her through the water at the rate of 13 to 14 miles per hour.

On Saturday the Britannia, another vessel of the same class, (built last winter at Dundas, and furnished with a powerful low pressure engine from the Dundas Foundry) arrived here from Hamilton on her way down to Montreal. The Britannia is commanded by Capt. Gordon, late of the Eclipse.

Yesterday Capt. Hilliard's new steamer Ottawa arrived in port from Montreal. She is of the same size and build as the Free Trader, and furnished with an engine by Ward and Brush. All the above vessels are admirably adapted for the Carrying Trade; being fully decked from stem to stern, their entire freight is preserved from exposure to the weather, and their great speed affords extraordinary despatch, compared with olden times.

There has been a great addition to the means of Transport this season, and of a superior class; no less than five splendid new steamers, viz., the Commerce, Dawn, Free Trader, Britannia and Ottawa, having been added, all propelled by powerful engines, and capable of carrying 3000 bbls. Flour each from the head of Lake Navigation to the Atlantic sea-board.

p.3 The Magnet - We have too long neglected paying a tribute fairly due to our old and obliging friend, Capt. Sutherland, of the beautiful new iron steamer Magnet, for her punctuality in calling at Port Hope, he never having missed paying us a visit this season. And we have much pleasure in acquainting the travelling public that they may at all times depend on being landed at our piers, by patronising the Magnet. If this is generally known the number of pasengers who are obliged to find their way up from Cobourg would be less. We hope our exchanges will note this fact. [Port Hope Advertiser]

For Chicago!!

The Propeller


Tracy Cornnel, Master,

Will leave Kingston for Chicago, touching at Sodus, Sodus Bridge, Pultneyville, Oswego, Rochester, Youngstown, Cleveland, Detroit, Sheboygan, Milwaukie, Racine and Southport,

on Friday the 19th May, at 12 o'clock noon

The Ontario has been newly fitted and painted, and is furnished with every convenience for the accommodation of both Cabin and Steerage passengers.

For Freight or Passage, apply to the Captain on board, or to


Kingston, 15th May, 1848.

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Argus (Kingston, ON), May 16, 1848