The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 15, 1851

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p.2 Kingston & Cape Vincent - The Rome and Cape Vincent Railway will, in all probability, be completed by the opening of the navigation in 1852, and any man with but half an eye can see that the projected communication by canal and railroad between this city and the American terminus of the road should be set about at once, so as to have at least one of these - the canal - constructed with the least possible delay.

The Rome and Cape Vincent Railway, as it will afford the speediest mode of conveyance between the cities and towns on Lake Ontario, and New York, must command a large portion of the trade and travel seeking the last named point, and whatever may be the inconvenience to the "through" steamers, they must make arrangements to accommodate this business and travel by calling at the Cape, in preference to this city, unless an arrangement is made for the easy transfer of freight and passengers here for the railroad. With the existence of the facilities which such an arrangement would afford, the necessity of these steamers running to Cape Vincent would be obviated, and the interest of the proprietors would square with their inclination to discharge at Kingston.

With a canal, this could be managed without difficulty. A steamer so constructed as to receive a fair number of freight cars, and with side saloons for passengers, similar to those on the ferry-boats between Albany and Troy, would answer the purpose admirably during the season of navigation. The distance between Kingston and the Cape, by the proposed canal, would be but thirteen or fourteen miles, and could be achieved by a powerful boat in an hour's time, ( ) freight cars loaded here could be transported by the railroad, and all necessity of transhipment avoided. The same might be the case with freight cars from New York or Albany destined for this city; their contents need not be ( ) until they arrive here for discharge.

(If this ?) is not done, the people of Kingston may ( on) it that the necessity of the case will compel the lake steamers to run to Cape Vincent and land their passengers and discharge their freight there, rather than here. Already ( ar) of arrangements in contemplation for ( ) purpose, and the fact calls loudly upon the people of Kingston to take instant action in the (matter ?), if, as we had occasion yesterday to (observe ?) they do not wish to see "Cape Vincent built up at their expense."


A writer in the Albany Register furnishes the following in speaking of yachts:

I am reminded of one of the most extraordinary vessels, one that made no small figure in the marine annals of the day, by seeing a sketch of it made just after the war, as it lay at Sacketts Harbor - the Lady of the Lake, the vidette or look-out boat of Com. Chauncey's squadron on Lake Ontario. This memorable craft, built, if I mistake not, by the celebrated Henry Eckford, must have been very much such a vessel as the America, and had the same peculiarities of figure and form, as far as my personal recollections of her appearance can be relied on. I was told that her draft of water forward was four feet, and aft ten feet, and that a plummet dropped from her mainmast head would fall two feet behind her stern rail, in these features of draft of water and rake of masts, strongly resembling the yacht. The tales that were told of her extraordinary run, exceeded everything, but the movements of the flying carpet of the Arabian Nights, and were narrated and believed with equal credulity by the sailors of the rival fleets. She would audaciously run almost under the guns of the British fortress at Kingston, in all sorts of weather, with the utmost ease from the fastest cruisers sent to chase her, and slipping away as if by magic from the swiftest cutter boats that pulled after her in a calm.

No weather could keep her in port, when her services were wanted outside; and she would appear, disappear, and reappear, just when or where friend or foe least expected it. In the same day she would be reported as looking into Kingston harbor, to see that the enemy's fleet were all in port, and appear as a convoy of a fleet of batteaux off the Genesee River, disappearing again to reappear in a reconnoisance off the mouth of the Niagara. Indeed, she must have sailed as no other vessel did, or else have been the spectre conjured by some Fairy Morgan's illusion to distance impossible to mortal bark.

The annals of the last war with Great Britain are rife with recollections of the wonderful exploits in the way of sailing, which have served as prototypes for those Red Rovers, Skimmers of the Seas, etc., which have figured in the nautical novels of the last thirty years. It scarcely admits a doubt, that if some of our retired veterans, who still survive their shipmates of 1812, '13 and '14 would furnish the memorabilia of some of their cruisers, it would be seen that the late exploit of the America yacht was, to say the least, matched by that of more than one Yankee clipper, thirty-eight years ago.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 15, 1851