The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Argus (Kingston, ON), May 23, 1848

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p.2 The launch of the new steamer at the Marine Railway Yard is to occur tomorrow at 3 o'clock.

New Era in Our Commerce.

At an early hour this morning the attention of our citizens was directed to an odd-looking craft that made her appearance in the offing, and various conjectures as to her name, her tonnage and the particular class of vessels she was entitled to take rank with, were afloat. One thing was evident, she was a steam craft of some description, and was moving toward our port at no snail-like pace. As she passed up the creek, the spectators had an opportunity of satisfying themselves that she was a veritable steamboat (not a propeller) with an abbreviated stern something like that of a duck. On visiting her she proved to be the Canadian steamboat Commerce, Capt. Cochrane, and is the first boat from Quebec or Montreal to this place. Her burthen is about 200 tons - length 140 feet - breadth of beam 26 feet and depth of hold 9 feet.

The Commerce was built last fall, owned by Messrs. McPherson & Crane, of Montreal. On the 1st of May last she left Montreal for the Bruce Mines on Lake Huron, and after passing through the Lachine, Cornwall and Beauharnois canals, arrived at Kingston, where she took on a load of merchandise and 100 miners. After subsequently passing through the Welland Canal, she arrived at the Bruce Mines on Lake Huron on the 10th inst., and left there the following day for this place for a load of copper ore belonging to the Bruce Mines Company, which was left here last fall, and which she will convey to Montreal direct. Capt. Cochrane informs us that the Commerce, with a cargo of 3000 bbls. flour passes through the various Canadian canals without difficulty, and that she will run regularly hereafter between Port Stanley and Montreal. [Buffalo Commercial Advertiser]

(The Commerce arrived here early on Sunday morning with a load of ore, and proceeded downwards to Montreal on Monday.)

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Rick Neilson
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Argus (Kingston, ON), May 23, 1848