The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Weekly Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 11, 1859

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p.1 Presentation - of a Marine opera glass to Capt. H.O. Hitchcock on board str. Gazelle, by "Thousand Island Cruisers.;" he had for four years conducted a cruise among the Thousand Islands with parties of the citizens from Watertown.

The schooner Swift, of Toronto, capsized when near Oakville, Friday evening. Three of the hands were drowned, and two were rescued, but with a great deal of difficulty. Capt. Moodie went off in the steamer Fire Fly, to bring down the schooner.

p.3 The River & Lake Steamers - We would call attention to the regularity with which these steamers perform their stated trips, as an inducement to those who have a few days to spare for healthful recreation in this warm weather, to visit the varied and delightful scenery which the river and lake afford. Nothing can surpass the romantic pleasure which is experienced in sailing through amongst the Thousand Isles - their diversified forms, the picturesque appearance which they present, the rapid sweep which the current takes round some of the corners, the miniature lakes, clear and unruffled, which ever and anon present themselves to view, the anxiety which you can not help feeling when you see the steamer gliding forward as if to dash itself upon some one or other of the jutting points - excite the most lively and pleasureable emotions. The velocity with which the steamer dashes down the slippery incline, guided by the sinewy arm of the skilful pilot, leaves, when the sense of safety returns the most pleasing sensations. Nor are the comforts which the table affords to be despised on such an excursion, when the cool refreshing breeze gives a double zest to the creature comforts which are so profusely provided. The Royal Mail Line comprises the Kingston, the Banshee, the Passport, the New Era, and the Champion, all first-class Upper Cabin Steamers. The American Line comprises the Welland and Ottawa, connecting at Ogdensburgh with the New York and Northerner, running to Brockville, Toronto and Lewiston direct, and the Bay State, Ontario, Cataract and Niagara, running by the South Shore. One steamer of each line leaves the Canal Basin every morning - Sundays excepted - and proceed on their way with a regularity which may always be calculated upon. [Montreal Transcript]

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Weekly Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 11, 1859