The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Herald (Kingston, ON), March 22, 1842

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p.2 The America, a new steamer of 60 horsepower, built by the Niagara Dock Company for Mr. Bethune, and which is intended to ply between Toronto and Rochester, on Tuesday made a trial trip from this port to Lewiston and back, and performed the distance (14 miles, half against a strong current) in 62 minutes. The America is a handsome, well-fitted boat and looks remarkably well on the waters; her machinery works admirably. [Niagara Chronicle]

p.3 We understand that the Court of Queen's Bench in Upper Canada has granted a new trial, without costs, in the case of Ham vs McPherson & Crane. This was an action brought for the recovery of a quantity of flour destroyed by fire at Kingston in April, 1840, whilst stored in the warehouses of the defendants, and was tried last year at Nisi Prius before Mr. Justice Hagerman. The Jury was charged to find to find a verdict for the plaintiff, on the ground of the defendants liability as common carriers, and they returned accordingly. Mr. Draper on behalf of the defendants contended that they held the property in store, not as common carriers, but as warehousemen, and that their liability in the former capacity extended only during the season of navigation, and whilst the property was in transitu between Kingston and Montreal. The Judges, with the exception of Mr. Justice Hagerman, who tried the case, were unanimous in granting a new trial, and ordered that the costs of the former should abide the event of the next. [Montreal Herald]

p.3 The Prince Edward Gazette gives an account of a huge serpent having been seen in the Lake near Gull Point. He was 30 or 40 feet long, and about as thick as a man's body. Of course, ( ) the great sea Serpent from "down east," ( ) come round by the Gut of Canso, and ( ) the St. Lawrence to Lake Ontario ( ) appropriately making his first appearance in these parts at Gull Point.

The following is the Gazette's notice of the ( ) which it will be seen that his snakeship came very near being shot and cut into ( ) fifty years ago, and during the late war and aftewards, there were accounts of ( ) serpent being seen in Lake Ontario ( ) possible that this is the same old gentleman (sticking ?) his head up again to see what progress the country has made since his last visit.

A Lake Monster - A few days ago as two boys named McConnel were playing on the lake shore near Gull Point, they discovered from behind a thicket a huge serpent which they described to be about the thickness of a man's body, and with a head proportionately large and very glossy, the eyes about the size of a horse's, and very bright. They ran home and told their father what they had seen, who having no gun, sent for Mr. John Church with his rifle, and they were conducted by the boys to the spot. There they discovered him basking in the sun, his head about four feet out of the water. They judged him to be about 30 or 40 feet long, a dark brown color and a broad ring about his neck varying in hue from the rest of his body. Mr. Church alarmed him in endeavoring to get a favorable position for a shot, and he put out into deep water, but soon returned, and they followed him from Gull Point to the light house, a distance of two miles, when he finally disappeared.

We have the truth of this from undoubted sources, and we further learn that such a monster has been frequently seen by the people along the lake shore.

The warm weather of last week broke up the ice and the channel opened on Thursday. On ( ) a north wind sprang up, which cleared ice out of the harbour, and opened the navigation to the Lake. A scow laden with cattle came into this port yesterday from the United States. A steamer is expected down from Toronto tomorrow.

The steamer Britannia made her first trip from Toronto to Hamilton last Tuesday.

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Kingston Herald (Kingston, ON), March 22, 1842