The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 19, 1844

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On Saturday last we were called to witness the launch of the steamboat on the Rice Lake. It was built for Mr. Weller, whose name we have often had occasion to mention most honorably, when directing attention to public improvement, and of whose enterprising spirit another proof is now afforded. This was not a circumstance of mere local interest, it is one on which we can congratulate the whole District, as the first fruits of the extensive improvements in course of completion by the Board of Works, rendering available those great water communications which intersect the entire District, and connect, by an expeditious route, the immense tracts to the north and west, with that great thoroughfare of the Province, the River St. Lawrence, making Peterboro' the immediate entrepot of a vast inland trade, and affording facilities of communication between that town and the ports of Coburg and Port Hope, of incalculable value to the District generally.

The morning was lowering, and the fear of rain prevented many from availing themselves of the invitation, notwithstanding which a large number of persons went from Coburg, and carriages of all kinds were in requisition, in order to add to the amusement. Mr. Weller had procured the attendance of the Amateur Band, under the conduct of its teacher, Mr. Kolk. As the day advanced, the rain cleared off, and sufficient having fallen to lay the dust, the ride out was most pleasant; from the Cold Springs a calvacade was formed which, as it crossed the plains, had a pleasing effect......In the personal vicinity of the Boat several hundred persons were collected, while the deck was crowded by the personal friends of the proprietor, among whom we were glad to see several ladies and gentlemen from Peterboro'. At the appointed time the word "all ready" was given, the stays were knocked away, and after a slight delay, owing to the sinking of the ways, the boat glided into the water amid the congratulatory shouts of the crowds; Mrs. Conger, wife of Mr. Sheriff Conger, of Peterboro', poured forth the votive libation, and a shout of success to "The Forester" made the welkin ring. The company then sat down to a cold collation, at which mirth and hilarity reigned supreme. No accident marred the pleasure; Mr. Green rose to propose "success to Mr. Weller in this new enterprise," and to that toast the sparkling glass was drained; Mr. Orde, of Peterboro', then gave "Success and prosperity to the Town of Coburg." which was returned by a similar compliment to Peterboro'; many other toasts were pledged till the approach of evening when the company returned to their respective homes, delighted with the pleasure of the day, and thankful to their host for the exertions he had made to conduce to the comfort of all. [Cobourg Star]

p.3 Naval Riddles - eg. When is a ship no ship? When she's a stern. When is she like snow? When she's a drift. When like a painter? When showing her colurs. When like an auctioneer? When in full sail (sale.) When like a mad bull? When foaming at the head etc. etc.

ad for str. Charlotte. July 19th, 1844.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 19, 1844