The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), May 31, 1848

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p.2 A Magnificent Sight - On Monday evening there was a magnificent sight presented in the bend of the river below this city. About sunset, an unusual large fleet of sail craft came up the river, and owing to the wind, were not able to turn the "point," and, consequently, were obliged to anchor in full view of the city. The fleet numbered over 60 vessels, and presented the most grand and imposing forest of masts that we ever beheld. It was with much difficulty that steamboats could pass among them. Fifty of the vessels came through the Welland Canal in one "gang," and a gentleman aboard of one of them, told us that, when they came into the Lake, they counted thirty other sail at no great distance, making a swarm of eighty vessels. Some fifty or sixty of this fleet have passed up for Chicago for loading. [Detroit Advertiser]

Bells for the Roman Catholic Church - arrive on schooner Arabella from Oswego.

p.3 Interesting Pic Nic Party to Garden & Wolfe Island - On Saturday last a party of between forty and fifty young ladies, chiefly Mrs. King's scolars, accompanied by herself and her assistants, with her father, proceed in the new steam ferry boat to visit these interesting islands. The objects of the party were to collect wild flowers for the purpose of copying them from nature, and to enjoy a day of rational recreation, in both of which they were eminently successful. The day was delightful, neither too warm nor too cold, nor did a single untoward circumstance occur. Many of the young ladies being pupils of Mr. Tullam, he very obligingly acompanied the party with his violin, and it may very readily be supposed all was hilarity and joyousness. The pleasure of the day was considerably augmented by the accidental presence on the island of the Rev. Mr. Allen, whose urbanity and kindness are well enough known, and who obligingly accompanied the young party to show them some of the beautiful and picturesque views which are to be found on Wolfe Island. He also took them over his newly erected steam grist and saw mill and explained to them the nature and uses of the machinery. The shipbuilder's yard, with the large steam boilers on Garden Island, and an explanation of them, excited great interest. The committee of the Ferry-boat company most liberally and handsomely declined to receive any compensation for the passage, a compliment for which all parties expressed acknowledgement. The captain was most attentive. We can conceive of nothing more delightful than a day's ramble through these Islands, and as the boat leaves early every morning, and returns in the evening, nothing can be more convenient. [Communicated]

Melancholy Accident - Yesterday, (Monday) Mr. Robert Riddell, of Portsmouth, accidentally met his death while assisting to raise the steamer Perth. He was engaged in getting the block under the bottom of the vessel; and while employed in canting the block, had his head between the latter and the vessel. The person who had the end of the "fall" let it slip, in endeavouring to make it fast, and deceased's head was crushed between the bottom of the boat and the lever. He was a young man much respected. [Argus]

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Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), May 31, 1848