The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Jan. 6, 1849

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p.2 The steamer Chief Justice Robinson, Capt. Jas. Dick, made a special trip to Grafton Harbor, below Coburg. She left this port on Saturday afternoon, on her arrival from Lewiston, but was obliged to put back by the storm. She again left on Sunday evening, and returned to port last night from Grafton. She resumed her trips to Niagara this morning, and will return in the evening, so as to fall into her regular days of running, both ways, between Toronto and Niagara. The cause of the steamer Chief Justice going to Grafton was to bring up 300 barrels whisky from the "Argyll Distillery," for which 8 s. per barrel freight was paid, from Grafton Harbor to Toronto. The ordinary freight during the season of navigation, would be about 1s 6d. per barrel, but the advanced rate paid in this instance was probably cheaper than land carriage, and much more convenient and expeditious. There must be something superior in the produce of the "Argyle Distillery" to warrant such an expense and risk. The steamer Chief Justice is a noble vessel, and her owners and commanders must have the greatest confidence in her to send her so far down the broad Lake Ontario at this unusually boisterous season. She must have encountered a heavy snow storm on her upward passage yesterday, as the whole lake, from our island, was enveloped in darkness. [Toronto Colonist]

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Rick Neilson
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Jan. 6, 1849