The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Barrie Magnet (Barrie, ON), Friday July 21, 1848

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Capt. Laughton is one of the two proprietors of the steamer Gore and has done more than any other one else to open this new route to the Sault in connecting the two lakes by road from Orillia to Sturgeon Bay in putting these boats in order to build up this route that could hardly be expected to pay expenses for the first two or three years. But no one who has examined it can fail to see that sooner or later it will be a great thoroughfare from the east to the north-west.

Here is a portage of twenty one miles from Orillia to Sturgeon Bay on the waters of Lake Huron. The road is new and of course none of the best...

The steamer Gore Capt. Peck was at the pier when we arrived at Sturgeon Bay but was not to leave till the next morning. There is a hotel at the landing and the only house near and so often did we promenade over the pier that afternoon and evening from the house to the boat and from the boat to the house that the proprietors would have been justified us pay dockage.

We were off from Sturgeon bay by day light that next morning. There is a splendid sight before me and around me on coming on deck the lonely bays the numerous islands, the high waving ridges of the main land. All were beautiful. Sixteen miles running brought us to Penetanguishene. must take a trip on the Gore with Capt. Peck. Without particurlating the interesting places we stopped at or passed on the way without attempting description of this great Georgian Sidus and its twenty-thousand islands actually visited and landed upon by capt. Bayfield in making his survey of this wonderful archipelago I would recommend yourself and your readers to make a trial of this trip. The Gore is a good substantial and fast boat and her accommodating and gentlemanly commander is too well known to need say notice of this kind. Yet I must be allowed to say that no one could better fit his place on this particular route he has sailed on it in steamers or schooners more or less for thirteen years and can tell the names of every island and bay every nook and corner from on end of his route to the other. He will talk French with your Frenchmen, Chippewa with your Indians and I am sure he can talk plain English to his men when it is necessary.

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Bill Hester
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Barrie Magnet (Barrie, ON), Friday July 21, 1848