The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Tourist of the Woods & Emigrant's Guide (Kingston, ON), March 28, 1842

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p.4 A meeting of the stockholders of the new steamer for the Bay was held pursuant to notice at Ketchum's Hotel in Picton, on the 10th instant, when Simeon Washburn, Esq. was called to the Chair, and John Ross, Esq., Barrister, of Belleville, was appointed Secretary. It is to be regretted that the state of the roads prevented the people of Belleville from being present, but they were ably represented by Mr. Ross. At this meeting it was decided that the boat shall be called the Prince Edward in compliment to this District, and Captain Johnson was unanimously appointed to the command. She is to be the length, and power, of the Henry Gildersleeve, and from the cheapness of the contract for building, being £1700 less than the tender from the Niagara Dock Company, besides the saving on the engine which they bought on very favorable terms, it is likely that the stock will be very profitable. There are only 2 persons holding stock in Kingston, Messrs. Thirkle and Cameron, and we have the pledge that none will be sold but to residents on the Bay. The books are now open with Messrs. J. & J. Miller & Co. The people on the Bay will now see the necessity of owning a boat expressly for these waters - one that will "sink or swim," on the Bay of Quinte, as Mr. Cameron announced at the meeting, and a better opportunity may not again occur of making so profitable an investment, as from all we can learn, the Prince Edward will obtain the "Lion's share" of the public patronage. [P.E. Gazette]

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Tourist of the Woods & Emigrant's Guide (Kingston, ON), March 28, 1842