The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 11, 1854

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p.2 The steamer City of the Bay and the steamer Bay of Quinte have during nearly a week been engaged in the highly censurable amusement of racing. We do not believe the owners and captains of these vessels are so much to be blamed as the people on shore, who excite and encourage the rival boats, pitting them against each other, and encouraging the owners to attain the highest possible degree of speed. The result of it has been that several collisions have taken place, fortunately without doing much harm; that some law suits are in contemplation; that a great deal of bad feeling has been engendered, and much alarm occasioned among the travelling community. We observe that the owners of the City of the Bay have given a challenge to Mr. Gildersleeve to race his boat for one thousand dollars, it is said in consequence of his having stated in an advertisement that the Bay of Quinte was the swiftest boat on the route; but it is to be hoped that a more healthy state of feeling will replace this anxiety to prove that one vessel is a few minutes faster than the other, and that this very dangerous project of a race may be abandoned. If there is any difference in the speed of the boats, it is so trifling that the disinterested observer is almost unable to distinguish it, and it is certainly very like extreme folly in their owners to risk valuable property and valuable lives for the gratification of those persons who wish, in the absence of more profitable employment, to make two or three dollars by betting. [Picton Gazette]

Cholera - The schooner Virginia, Capt. Williams, with a crew of six men, bound from Toledo to Oswego, was discovered near the mouth of Rock River yesterday morning in distress, and was towed into a port by a steam tug. Four of her crew had died with the cholera since leaving Toledo. The names of the unfortunate dead are James Brock, Judah Valentine, Henry Wood and Wm. Young, the latter supposed to have a brother residing in this city. The survivors are Capt. Williams, the mate, and one of the crew - names not learned. [Cleveland Herald July 5th]

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 11, 1854