The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 16, 1857

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Weller's Bay, situated on the north-western part of the Prince Edward District, is about six miles long, by two to four miles in width, and from twelve to fifteen feet in depth; the bottom is mostly clay or of a sandy character, is separated from Lake Ontario by a sand beach or bar from five to twenty-five rods in width; near the centre of this sand beach an outlet has formed within the last three or four years of nearly a quarter of a mile in width, and from ten to fifteen feet in depth, and is continuing to wear deeper still. The Bay is easy to enter with almost any wind, and being land-locked is a complete shelter from any storm.

At the south-east corner of the Bay is the thriving little Town of Consecon, where wharves and storehouses are in course of erection, and will shortly be completed and ready for use. The Steamer Chief Justice Robinson and several schooners have shipped considerable produce and general freight from here to Oswego, Cape Vincent, and Toronto.

It is a subject of astonishment to the enterprising neighbors of Prince Edward, that the people of that district, who stand so preeminently high for talent, enterprise and wealth should so long remain inactive on a subject of such vital importance to their prosperity, viz: improving a good natural harbor on the Western coast, and a front door to the commerce of the Lakes, with all its conveniences and vast advantages.

With the exception of Weller's Bay, there is not a place where a vessel can lay to load with any degree of safety on the whole coast of the district from the north-west end to South Bay, a distance of sixty or seventy miles, and in consequence the shipping of produce from the coast has been attended with so much danger and loss that the business has been but trifling to what it might be under more favorable circumstances.

Good people of Prince Edward, turn your eyes to the west, and see a spacious harbor formed for your use, and not only that, but a natural outlet cut out without cost; consider your great natural privileges, and immediately improve upon them; you want the outlet pierced, a harbor light, the mouth once disposed, and you may have your daily steamers to Toronto, Rochester, or where you like, and directly commence a business that must prove of the greatest consequence and profit to you and your district.

You have as yet received but a very small share of Public money for Public improvements in comparison with other Districts of the province; you may therefore with justice claim from the Government that assistance that your noble harbor demands.


p.3 ad - steamer Trenton to leave Putnam's wharf for Bath, Picton, Belleville and Trenton.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 16, 1857