The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 2, 1848

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The proprietors of the new Steamer Comet, Mr. Platt of Hay Bay, on Saturday last, very handsomely entertained about three hundred of the inhabitants of Kingston, to a Trip up the Hay Bay and a Pic Nic, on his Homestead on the Bay Shore. The invitations were by card, but were made so general, that all who wished to go, might go and did go. As we said before, about three hundred persons availed themselves of Mr. Platt's politeness. The day was most beautiful, and added greatly to the spirits of the party.

About nine o'clock, the steamboat started from Browne's Wharf, under command of Capt. Platt, formerly of the Unicorn, and making good headway up the Bay of Quinte, turned into the Hay Bay about one o'clock, and reached Mr. Platt's farm shortly before two. Here the party landed, and were received by Mr. and Mrs. Platt, and ushered to the handsome farm house, where, al fresco, a most substantial and plentiful repast, in good old English style, was ready spread, and of which all partook to their heart's content. The animal wants supplied, a few speeches were made, and sundry resolutions were passed, of which a copy is here subjoined. About five o'clock the party re-embarked, and on the way home stopped for an hour at the Stone Mills in Marysburgh, to allow the curious to ascend the great hill, and feast their eyes with the far-famed Lake of the Mountain. Re-embarking once more, dancing became the order of the night, which was continued with much spirit, until ten o'clock, when the boat reached Browne's Wharf, and terminated the delights of a very happily spent day.

The Comet is a very handsome and commodious vessel, extremely well fitted for her future trade, viz.: that between Quebec and Hamilton. Her cabins not being finished, the public could not well judge of her accommodations; but her steam power, being that of 80 horses, affords every hope, that she will be a clipper, her model being well adapted for running. During this, her trial trip, she did not make more than ten miles per hour, but owing to sundry causes, it was impossible to get up and maintain any head of steam, (except on one occasion, when a little too much steam was generated,) consequently her real speed is not yet ascertained. We heartily hope, that her success may be proportionate to the laudable enterprise of her worthy and industrious proprietor.

Proposed by James Williamson, Esq., seconded by Capt. Gaskin,

Resolved, - That the thanks of this meeting are due to the Messrs. Platt, proprietors of the Steamer Comet, for their kind invitation to this Pic Nic.

Proposed by William Ferguson, Esq., seconded by Capt. Pierson,

Resolved, - That the very hospitable manner in which we have been received, not only on board but at the residence of the Messrs. Platt, calls for our warmest acknowledgements.

Proposed by John Crawford, Esq., seconded by Allan McPherson,

Resolved, - That we hail with pleasure the appearance of another Steamer to the line between Hamilton and Montreal; and trust that the Comet will meet with that patronage which her high qualities as a Steamer should command.

The Steamer Dawn - This ill-fated vessel has been taken off the shoal, below the rapids, by the steamer Fashion, and was brought into port on Tuesday. We understand that she will be removed to Quebec for the purpose of undergoing the necessary repairs.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 2, 1848