To The Editor Of The York Courier
Among the many accounts of new Steamers which are every day presented to the public, perhpas none will give the people of Upper Canada more satisfaction, than to learn though the medium of your valuable paper, that the Adelaide (intended for Lake Erie) was tried on the 9th last on the Welland River, and found fully to justify all the anticipations which had been formed respecting the beauty of her model, and the fineness of her run. On deck, she measures 120 in length 40 feet from guard to guard, and draws about 5 1-2 feet water. The Engine works to 70 or 80 horse power.
She ran nine miles up the creek, and returned in the evening much faster, and in finer style than she did going up. A number of elegant and well dressed ladies were on board, who added much to the pleasure and mirth of the party. Nothing could exceed the lightness of the vessel's appearance; indeed, the sailors remarked that "she sat like a duck on the water;" and as she moved along, was received with thunders of applause, by hundreds of spectators from the shore. Such a noble and spirit stirring sight was never before witnessed at Chippawa; boys and girls, young and old, came running in every direction from all the beautiful farm houses which so thickly embellish the banks of that delightful river, until they had assembled in such dense masses on either side, as to bear down every thing which opposed their progress. Not only the apples and peaches disappeared, as if by magic, but many even of the trees, and almost the orchards west along with the fair fruit which dangled from the branches. Woe be to the toes and shins of the lame, the blind, and the awkward, who stood in the way; and while they were thus tumbling over one another, the farmers came out with sticks and stones, long poles and pitch forks, guns without locks, and pistols without barrels, in defense of their property. Such a swarm was never gathered together in this part of the country. It looked as if all the plagues of Egypt had broke loose, for the purpose of visiting the land and devouring the produce. What was a death blow to every kind of vegetation, was mirth and laughter to the multitude. Some were dancing reels, some country dances, some hornpipes, and some the fandango.
In the evening when the Steamer was moored along side the wharf at Chippawa, the violin struck up its merry notes, and the whole company joined in the dances. This was kept up with great spirit until day-light put an end to the soul-inspiring exercise. And never did a party separate, with better feeling to a Boat, or to each other, than the party in question.
I am, Sir,
Your very humble serv't,