The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston News (Kingston, ON), April 17, 1845

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p.2 Barque - The hull of the steamer Great Britain having been purchased during the last Winter from the Hon. John Hamilton, by Mr. Mackenzie, has been fitted up and rigged as a Barque, intended for the timber trade on this lake. The appearance of a Barque on our waters is quite a novelty, and combined with the neatness of her appearance, has attracted a good deal of attention. On Saturday last the new Barque was re-named, the owner selecting the name of Eleonora. Yesterday the Eleonora left port for Niagara, there to be hauled out on the railway. The Eleonora is about six hundred tons measurement. We wish in common with the people of Kingston generally, every success to Mr. Mackenzie in his enterprise.

We understand that a party of about forty gentlemen sat down to a dinner given at Phillips' Hotel, on Tuesday evening last, in honour of the naming of the new barque. Capt. Hunter filled the chair, and the Company, after disposing of the good things provided for them by Mr. Phillips, and of the usual standard toasts, drunk the success of the Eleonora and her enterprising owner, in the most complimentary manner. A number of good songs were sung, and the hilarity of the occasion was maintained until an early hour in the morning, when the company separated.


Information for Masters of Vessels Navigating the Lakes.

To the Editor of the News.

Sir: - Having been requested by some of the masters of vessels now navigating the Lakes, to ascertain whether any change has taken place in the sand-banks and point on the west side of the cut at Long Point, Lake Erie, may I request that you will spare space enough in your widely circulated paper for the following information, as affording the best means of communicating with those interested in the matter.

I have just received a letter from the keeper of the light-ship at the cut, in which he states that but little alteration has taken place at the west point; it has made a little into the bay, but nothing to alter the course going in. This will always continue so long as the banks to the west are washing away. The course will therefore be the same as before. Bring the light ship to bear north west by half west, then steer right for it. Vessels by this course will go in a little to the west of the centre of the cut, and it is best to do so, as the sea always sets in to the East side. The proper place to come to anchor is about a cables' length to the north east of the light. The Cut is one of the best harbors of refuge on Lake Erie, from its easy access and safety. I should advise all owners, who have masters on board their vessels not well acquainted with the Cut, to send them there for the purpose of judging for themselves. The light keeper will give them all the information they require. Owners would be gainers by so doing, as no master likes to run in a gale for a harbor with which he is not well acquainted.

While I am writing, I may observe that in the early part of the last winter I read a communication addressed to the Editor of one of our papers, I forget which, complaining of the want of Harbors on the north shore of Lake Ontario. The writer went so far as to say there are none between Toronto and Kingston, and that Presqu'Isle is only fit for small vessels. Perhaps he was, when writing, looking forward to the time when vessels from the ocean would navigate the lakes - a very bright idea certainly. But then it could not be that either, for he takes in Toronto as a harbor. Now there is only one foot less water going in Presq'Isle harbor than there is opposite the Queen's wharf at Toronto; and Presq'Isle is easier made in a gale from the East than Toronto. Perhaps if the writer in question happens to see this, he will say he has as good a right to disbelieve me as I have to disbelieve him; and as there are no charts with proper soundings, to decide the case, it may not be out of the way to give him a fact in support of my assertions, as

"Facts are chiels that winna ding,

And daurna be disputed."

On the 15th of January 1838, I was called upon to take charge of the steamer St. George, and proceeded to Toronto, having on board over one hundred tons of Ordnance stores and a company of the 32nd Regt. The boat was then drawing nine and a half feet aft, and eight and a half forward. When I reached the False Ducks, it came on to blow hard from the West, and the St. George being deeply loaded, the full head of steam could not be let on for fear of breaking the shaft. She was therefore from 7 o'clock at night until 3 p.m. next day making Presqu'Isle. Had she not been able to get there, I would have been obliged to run her back for Kingston, and would not again have been able to proceed, as Captain Sutherland, with the Traveller came down that night and could not get up again. Now certainly if there is anything British in the writer, he will admit that Presq'Isle was of some service that time. What I have here stated, however, is not so much to convince him, as to give confidence to those matters of vessels not acquainted with Presq'Isle, as anything said against a harbor will do more harm than twice as much said in favor will do good. I might mention that the St. George drew more water than the present mail-packets, and that the water was a foot lower than it is at present. Before the buoy was laid down, and the Queen's wharf built at Toronto, it was as difficult to get inside that harbor as it is to get into Presq'Isle at present. If three buoys were laid down on the bar at Presq'Isle, and a small light fixed on Salt Point, it would then be as easy of access as Toronto.

I may also mention that vessels drawing eight and a half feet water can now come inside Windsor Harbor in all weathers. The best place to come too at, is between the first two piles; masters of Vessels need not be afraid to anchor under foot, as there is twelve feet water at that place, and they will be perfectly safe with all winds. The piers are open at N 1/2 W.

I am, Sir,

Your obdt. servt,

John McIntyre.

Whitby, April 11th, 1845.

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Kingston News (Kingston, ON), April 17, 1845