The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 2, 1851

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p.2 (letter from editor of Whig)

Monday Morning, March 31st.

p.S. - Presque'isle Harbor is open and has been open some days. Everybody talks of Presque'isle Harbor, and yet few strangers, except seamen on the Lake, have seen it. This afternoon my landlord drove me down to the Harbor, a distance of some two miles from the village, and I had a good long view of it. It is one of the finest harbors in the whole world; large, roomy, and completely land-locked. Great pains have been taken by interested persons, encouraged I fear by the present Government, to spread the most infamous reports about the entrance, stating that the channel is crooked, and that the depth of the water in the channel does not exceed seven feet. Both these assertions are pronounced, by the inhabitants of Brighton generally, to be bare-faced concoctions. The channel is not crooked but almost straight, and the depth of water on the bar of the channel, if bar there really be, averages from eleven feet six inches to thirteen feet. So wide and so safe, in fact is the entrance, that vessels can actually beat into it, as they continually do. When once entered, all vessels are perfectly safe in the most violent storms. The Government should feel ashamed of the lies told of Presque'isle Harbor by the creatures in their employment, and take some pains to ascertain the truth, and let the public know it. Nature has formed Presque'isle Harbor to be the Harbor of Refuge on Lake Ontario, and in spite of all opposition it will become so. So anxious are the merchants of Brighton to have a steamer call regularly in Presque'isle Harbor, that they have commissioned me to make known, that they will give a Premium of Fifty Pounds to any boat that will make three calls a week at one of the wharves; in addition to which, the people of the village will pledge themselves to travel up and down exclusively by that vessel. The price of wood is so low in Presque'isle Harbor, five shillings a cord, that it would be worth the while of Lake Steamers to accept the terms offered.


A PREMIUM of Fifty Pounds will be paid by the Merchants of Brighton, to the owners of any Lake Steamer, who will engage to make Three Calls per week, at one of the wharves in Presque'isle Harbor. At one wharf there is eight feet of water, and at the other twelve feet. Letters addressed (post paid) to the care of the Editor of the British Whig, Kingston, will be duly attended to.

Brighton, April 4th, 1851.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 2, 1851