The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Herald (Kingston, ON), Sept. 8, 1847

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p.2 The Quickest Trip Yet - The Steamer Fashion, Capt. Arch. Smith, left this Port for Lachine at 4 o'clock, A.M. on Saturday last, and arrived at the latter place at 4 o'clock, P.M. thus running the intervening distance of 180 miles in 12 hours. On the return trip the Fashion came up in 23 1/2 hours, with a load of emigrants. When the Fashion made her appearance here in the spring, we signified our intention to charter her to pick up news "along shore;" but she is now usefully employed as a "life preserver" in the hands of Capt. Smyth, that we could not think of withdrawing her from her present occupation. Many a poor emigrant has suffered death in consequence of not having been brought up from Montreal in such vessels as the Fashion and Gildersleeve. [Argus Aug. 29th]

The Magnet - The Niagara Chronicle informs us that this splendid vessel had her first trial trip on Wednesday last from Niagara to Lewiston. It was found that some little alteration in the fire places and buckets are necessary and when these are completed, it is believed that the Magnet will be the fastest vessel ever launched at Niagara - and this is great, for it will be remembered that the Ontario made the passage from Niagara to Toronto in two hours and fourteen minutes from wharf to wharf.

The St. Lawrence Canal - This gigantic and important work is now near its completion. The Lachine Canal having been closed for the purpose of finishing that portion of it, upon the same scale with the Cornwall, this will take about four weeks, by which time, that as well as all above the Long Sault, will be in full operation, and Steamers and vessels drawing nine feet of water will then be able to proceed from Lake Huron to the ocean.

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Kingston Herald (Kingston, ON), Sept. 8, 1847