p.3 Lake Schooners With Slip Keels - We lately mentioned the successful Atlantic voyage of the Lilla, and, at the same time, remarked upon the probability that the example thus set might probably be followed to advantage by other Lake craft. Yesterday we had an opportunity of conversing with a gentleman named Smith, who owns several vessels on the Lakes, and who is this moment in town with one of his schooners of about 200 tons burthen. He entertains the opinion that these craft will be found not only equally safe, but much superior in speed to the ordinary sea-going ships, and appears resolved to make the experiment.
It must be observed, however, and it is well to mention it for the information of shipowners on the Lakes, who may contemplate a similar enterprise, that vessels of this class have some difficulty in obtaining insurance, as they are not built in accordance with Lloyd's regulations - as to bolts, tree nails, etc. It is probable that these rules will for the future prevail on the Lakes, in order to make the vessels built there completely adapted for ocean voyages. [Herald]
We are informed that under the existing law, vessels from the West, bound for the Lower Ports, as well as for the United States or Europe, must be registered at Montreal before they proceed seaward. The captain of the schooner Elizabeth, which passed Montreal a few days ago, was obliged to return from Quebec, to have his vessel registered here, before he could effect a clearance at the Custom House. We insert this notice for the information of merchants and others concerned. [Pilot]