Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Canada Constellation (Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON), December 7, 1799
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On Thursday night last a boat arrived here from Schenectady, which place she left the 22nd ult.. She passed the York sticking on a rock off the Devil's Nose - no prospect of getting her off. A small deck boat lately sprang a leak twelve miles distant from Oswego; the people on board, many of whom were passengers, were taken off by a vessel passing, when she instantly sank, cargo and all lost. A vessel supposed to be the Genesee schooner, has been two days endeavoring to come in. It is a singular misfortune, that this vessel sailed more than a month ago from Oswego, laden for this place, has been several times in fight, and driven back by heavy winds.

The transportation by water from the Chippawa to Fort Erie has hitherto been expensive and slow being performed by batteaux of five men each, and to carry one hundred barrels, twent seven were usually employed. Mr. Marcus Hulings, junior, from Pittsburgh, with Mr. Charles Craig, boat builder, this fall built a boat on the construction of those used in the Susquehanna and other rapid rivers, and plied by seven men,m that performed the trip with saving of time. For the favorable and advantageous improvement, judge Hamilton presented them with thirty pounds. We understand that they intend to add another boat in the spring. They have it in contemplation to view the river from Kingston towards Montreal and if boats can be constructed to those waters, they will next year have a sufficient number there for that part of our commerce.

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December 7, 1799
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Peter Warwick
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Canada Constellation (Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON), December 7, 1799