The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Dec. 16, 1834

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No. 5 (part)

It was about ten o'clock at night, when the gallant St. George puffing and blowing like a spent Grampus, made the port of Cobourg; if that spot can be termed a port, which is naught but an open roadstead, exposed to every wind, save from the northward, and which has nothing in the shape or appearance of a harbor, but a long and substantial pier or jetty, stretching its length into the open lake....

Leaving Cobourg, it was midnight before the steam boat reached Port Hope, another village on the lake shore, several miles distant, considerably less in size and population than its rival and neighbor...... Prior to the boat's quitting Port Hope, some gentleman slipped into Capt. Harper's hand a lately issued number of the Warder, an orange newspaper published in that village, in which, the whole public business appeared to be merged into a tissue of abusive invectives, directed against Capt. Harper and our humble self.....

....Among the numerous steam boats, which navigate the Canadian waters, none bears a more established character for safety, speed, regularity of arrival and departure, and general attention to passengers and business than the St. George. Its commander, Capt. Harper, to whom the boat's good character is mainly attributable, is a gentleman of family and eduction, an officer in His Majesty's Navy, attentive to his duty, straight forward and honest in his dealings, and against whom, during his sojourn in Canada, no shadow of complaint has ever been alleged, prior to the one brought forward by this respectable journalist and his backer Capt. Kingsmill....

It was eight o'clock on Saturday morning when the steam boat entered the noble Harbor of Toronto. The day was fine and dry, and the sun shining upon the tops of the houses gave the city a splendid appearance. The harbor is formed by a long point of land stretching itself in the form of a curve in front of the city, at the extremity of which is built a substantial lighthouse. It is said by many, that were a small canal cut across the neck of this peninsula, immediately opposite to where the River Don disembogues itself into the bay, that a material improvement would be effected; among other expected advantages, that of preventing the upper part of the harbor being filled by the mud and sand brought down by the Don, would not be the least important; since it is highly probable, a current would then be formed into the lake, through the cut. The practicability of getting to sea with a southwesterly wind, and saving the distance of nine miles would be the undeniable results of such a canal, to the accomplishment of which, we trust the citizens of the metropolis will turn their speedy attention....

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Dec. 16, 1834