The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 30, 1858

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p.2 John Macpherson, successful forwarder of Kingston, left with family to live in England.

p.3 A Lake Vessel in London - Capt. Burke, of the schooner D.B. Sexton, writes to his friends in Cleveland, dating his letter at "West India Docks, London, July 30, 1858," in which letter he "cracks on" slightly about the speed of our lake craft, compared with the common run of vessels which he left behind him in the Channel. He says: "Our passage from Queenston to this little village was tedious, in consequence of continual head winds. We fell in with a fleet of about forty sail, bearing up the English Channel, and the way we beat them was really astonishing. Some of them, the fast ones, I suppose, had colors flying; and just by way of letting them know what we were, our ensign was flying at the peak until we had passed to the windward of every sail in the fleet.

The Captain has a good item about 'centreboards,' as viewed through the 'hinspector's heyes':

"The vessel is a greater wonder to the people here than the 'Crystal Palace' or Thames Tunnel is to us. Our spars, rig, and model, are all curiosities. The pilot who boarded us at the 'Downs' as well as disappointed, when it was made known to him that the vessel was only drawing nine feet of water. But the 'centreboard' has puzzled them all. Think it is a Yankee fixture to smuggle tobacco, etc., with. The Custom House inspector when searching the vessel, examined the outside of the case very closely, and was most anxious to see the interior, but appeared very doubtful and uneasy when told that the principal entrance to it was up through the bottom of the vessel, the opening in the deck being too small to admit either himself or attendant. There is now a Custom House officer stationed on board, who watches every part of the vessel and particularly about the region of the centreboard."

Imports - 27,28; Exports - 27.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 30, 1858