The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Herald (Kingston, ON), July 11, 1848

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Times of Starting for Steam Ferry, commencing Monday morning, June 5th, 1848.

Leaving Kingston as Follows

1st Trip at 6 o'clock, forenoon.

2nd do. 10 do. do.

3rd do. 2 do. afternoon,

4th do. 5 do. do.

Leaving Wolf Island as Follows

1st Trip at 7 o'clock, forenoon,

2nd do. 11 do. do.

3rd do. 3 do. afternoon,

4th do. 6 do. do.

Kingston, June 9th, 1848.

(missing issues until Aug. 1st)

Aug. 1, 1848



This beautiful meteor made its appearance in the harbor of Kingston on the morning of the first day of the fourth week in July; and through the politeness and unbounded generosity of those Friends who direct the "Comet's" ways, I, who in common with hundreds of kindred spirits, enjoyed their hospitality, and witnessed the splendid swan-like motions of this NEW "COMET," feel called upon (the Editor of the Herald, necessarily, being absent from this pageant Pic Nic) to acknowledge this marked distinction, and to congratulate the proprietors, Messrs. Platts, upon their triumphant success in building a comet that is equally adapted to the watery elements as to those above, and makes headway equally fast against the one as the other; and, although there was a continual battle between the Engine and the lake, yet the joyful music of those male and female myriads whose embarkation upon the "COMET's" upper decks, while at Kingston (were witnessed by thousands of envious spectators, who, for want of opportunity, doubtless, could not embrace the proffered hospitality of those FRIENDS) drowned all the noise of the elements and beligerants beneath the steamer's decks. So happily passed away the time and the onward gliding of the "COMET," prematurely brought us in sight of the noble Sire's estate, who, a plain quaker, is the father of our hosts, and resides at Hay Bay. Upon our landing, he received us with a true shepherd's kindness, and profusely lavished upon the multitude that patrolled his demain, and besieged his castle, with the choicest of earth's productions.

We have participated in many steamboat entertainments, but the "COMET" has eclipsed all. These worthy offsprings of friend Platt's are no mean representatives of their father. They have conferred an honor upon the citizens of Kingston that cannot be surpassed by way of steam-boat regalement, or by polite and gentlemanly deportment.

The day was delightful, with refreshing breezes, and the whole tour, from morn until eve, was one continuous scene of life, joy and gladness; and the only incident that seemed to reflect in the bright countenances of this pedestrious multitude, was the necessity of disembarking from the "COMET" on its safe return, without the least accident or injury to any person, or the beautiful steamer, at the Kingston wharf. The "COMET" must succeed, for she has the aspirations of hundreds of the choicest spirits of this good old Town to aid in buoying her upon the watery element during her natural life; and when she has served out her appointed time, may she, like the Phoenix, arise from her ashes and appear more beautiful and more valuable, to bless her owners, and to furnish another opportunity for them to gladden the hearts of those who may live to embark upon her.


Aug. 8, 1848


Aug. 15, 1848


Aug. 22, 1848

p.3 Excursion To Cape Vincent, French Creek, Gananoque, and the Thousand Islands, on board the new and splendid steamer Comet, Capt. Platt, for the Wesleyan Methodist Sabbath School; gives ticket prices, names of Managing Committee, etc. Kingston, August 8th, 1848.

Aug. 29, 1848


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Rick Neilson
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Kingston Herald (Kingston, ON), July 11, 1848