The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 12, 1857

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p.2 Launch - On Saturday afternoon a three-masted schooner was successfully launched from the Marine Railway Co.'s shipyard. She was duly named the George Thurston, after the modeller and foreman of the establishment. The new vessel is of the strongest build and of the largest carrying capacity, calculated to pass through the Welland canal with eighteen thousand bushels of wheat on board. The George Thurston will probably leave within ten days or a fortnight for Chicago, if not sold by the Company and her destination altered.

Police Court - more on robbery on str. Kingston; Capt. Perry questioned.

An Important Invention For Sail Vessels

We (Buffalo Times) have at different times called attention to Cunningham's Self Reefing Topsail, a Working Model of which has been on exhibition at the office of the Agents for the Lake Underwriter's Association - Messrs. Bagnall & Dobbins -and we have expressed our favorable opinion of its practical use on two of our lake vessels, the barkentines J.C. Kershaw and R.H. Rae. The former is now on her return from Liverpool to Chicago, and the latter was launched on the 5th inst., at St. Catherines - when the working of the patent top-sail was closely and satisfactorily inspected by several of our lake marine gentlemen; the sail being worked from the deck by Capt. Henry Warner, late of the renowned clipper ship, Sovereign of the Seas, without a single man aloft. We are permitted to make the following extract from a letter from Capt. D.C. Pierce, of the J.C. Kershaw:

Liverpool, Sept. 18th, 1857.

On board Bark J.C. Kershaw.

D.P. Dobbins, Esq., Buffalo. - Dear Sir:

In regard to the patent top-sail you were so kind as to induce me to fit this Bark wiht, I cannot say too much in its favor. I consider it the very thing we have been looking for for years, in the way of reefing, and particularly adapted to the lakes, as it combines economy of time, expense and safety. It more than meets my expectations. One man can reef my top-sails from the deck. I would advise all who use top-sails, to obtain Cunningham's Patent Reefer, before they go to sea. Will you please to have one ready for the new vessel being built for me at Cleveland. I do not think she would be seaworthy without it, after having used the one on the Kershaw. On our passage out, we never occupied over three minutes time in reefing the top-sail. I hope to see it universally adopted on our lake vessels.

We shall be ready to sail for Chicago about Wednesday next.

Yours truly,

D.C. Pierce.

p.3 Imports - 10; Exports - 10.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 12, 1857