The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 3, 1856

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p.2 A Great Day at Consecon

We find the following in the Cobourg Sun of Tuesday:-

Steamer at Consecon - On Saturday last, on her way up to Cobourg, the steamer Chief Justice, Capt. Young, passed through the outlet connecting Lake Ontario with Weller's Bay, and steamed up to the village of Consecon. The Steamer was drawing nine feet water at the time, and as she is a steamer that draws more water than perhaps any other on the lake, the feasibility of occasional steamboat connection with Consecon seems pretty well established. Capt. Young deserves great credit for being the first who made the attempt to enter Weller's Bay with a steamboat. He intends to call there as often as circumstances render it advisable. The Chief will call again on her way over to the 4th of July celebration at Oswego. There is an excellent shelter for vessels at Consecon, and if the difficulties which were always apprehended in entering the harbor, prove illusive, a large business will be done with that port, and the spirited village be immeasurably benefitted. At all events the citizens of Consecon should remember Capt. Young as the pioneer navigator of Weller's Bay with steam craft. We learn that the enthusiasm which prevailed in that village on Saturday last was truly astonishing.

A correspondent of the Sun writes:-

On Saturday the steamer Chief Justice Robinson, Capt. Young, entered Weller's Bay, through the breach which has been lately made in the sandridge where but a short time since a good Carriage Road was to be found.

The bay is a most beautiful one, with room enough, and sufficiently deep to float all the vessels on Lake Ontario. And by a small expenditure of money in sinking a few cribs at the entrance, a safe Harbor, easy of access, can be formed, which will eclipse Presqu' Isle.

At the eastern extremity of the bay is the village of Consecon, a smart and thriving place, with the right kind of inhabitants of both sexes, for a more spirited class of businessmen it would be hard to find in any of its surroundings. They appear determined, even at a large expenditure of both time and money, to possess themselves of the advantages of a steamboat communication with other places. Government should, and undoubtedly will give them assistance, for where nature forms a harbour that admits without difficulty, such a craft as the Chief Justice Robinson, art need do but little. I think Capt. Young will find it his interest to make it one of his regular calling places.

Aquatic Union of Quebec & New Orleans - steamer enters Green Bay from Mississippi. [Green Bay Advocate]

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 3, 1856