The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), June 6, 1840

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p.2 Ship Building - Toronto may be celebrated for something, but whatever that may be, it cannot, as yet, be said, that it is "ship building." The town has been in a state of uproar for the last week, in consequence of the launching of a boat. This boat was built, not on the lake shore, but in the centre of the town, and the time required to launch her into the water, was nearly equal to one half the passage of the Great Western across the Atlantic. This launch was a great curiosity - it lasted a full week, and the boat is now floating on the waters of Lake Ontario. She has been built by Mr. Harper, one of the contractors for erecting the new garrison, and she is intended to carry stone for that work. Several scows, and other small craft, have been built lately at this port, and it occurs to us that ship building might be carried on here, if entered into with proper spirit, with as much advantage to those who may embark in it, as in any other place on Lake Ontario. But those who have the greatest interest in the prosperity of the city are "slow coaches," and nothing need be looked for from them, by which the public may be benefitted, so long as it requires the employment of moderate capital. The properties of these individuals have been chiefly made valuable and productive by the enterprize of our merchants and others; and until a change takes place for the better, there is little to be looked for, of general utility, on the part of the principal owners of property in the city. [Toronto Colonist]

On Sunday night we were visited by a severe thunder storm, which continued during the following morning. The lightning was very vivid, the peals of thunder followed in rapid succession, and the rain fell in torrents. The top mast of the steamer St. George was struck by the lightning, but the vessel sustained no other damage than a slight injury to the top mast....[ibid]

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Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), June 6, 1840