The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 15, 1847

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The splendid new iron vessel the Magnet arrived at Gorrie's Wharf at the foot of Yonge Street on Tuesday last, having made the distance from Niagara to this, in two hours and a half. But a few minutes had elapsed after her arrival, before the decks and cabins were crowded with the elite and residents of the city, anxious to inspect her model and internal arrangements.

Descending the oak spiral staircase, which is considerably wider than those in general use, we entered the main or chief cabin, which is differently arranged from the lake steamers generally: the sofas only extending half its length on either side, while at the half of the cabin near to the Stewart's room, there are two dining tables placed parallelwise. Due regard has been had to the comfort of travellers in the width of the sleeping berths. Above this and on the flush deck is the Ladies cabin - a splendid apartment - with more than the usual space between the berths on either hand. Leading from the apartment there is, over the stem of the vessel, (which is round,) a very beautiful saloon or lounging cabin. From this, on each side, lead passages to closets and toilet rooms, where hot and cold water is laid on for the convenience of the lady passengers. On the upper deck, which is of more than ordinary breadth, side cabins have been erected with every consideration for the convenience of the occupant. The wheel-house is raised higher than is ordinarily done, and its internal arrangement evinces considerable tact and mechanical knowledge.

The Magnet sits on the water prettily, and does infinite credit to the gentleman of Glasgow, who furnished the draughts by which the plans were perfected, and which now being connected, gives us such an admirable model for our Lake steamers.

Her length, we believe, is 180 feet, the extreme length the locks will admit, but her draught we were unable to learn, yet should incline to the belief it is not great; or rather we should have said that it is less, than that of vessels of her burthen.

Expressing our admiration of her general capabilities, we should not forget the consideration given to deck passengers, immigrants and others, who, in their passage from Lachine upwards, will have a large covered space allotted them, and will not be driven to transship their furniture or wardrobe, between Lachine and Hamilton.

The enterprize shown by the owner deserves general commendation, while the success that has crowned his efforts will be learned with satisfaction, by all who would see the Province make the rapid strides to which her resources, her population, and her intelligence entitles her. [Toronto Colonist]

City Council - Report of G. Clark, stating that the Schooner Quebec came in contact with the Lighthouse, and damaged the wharf; also that several persons came in a white skiff and threw stones at the lantern, and broke a pane of glass therein, to the very great danger of the Lighthouse Keeper. Referred to Committee on Wharves and Harbors.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 15, 1847