p.2 A Letter from the Editor #5
5 o'clock, A.M., July 20th
I was too late for the Champion, of the Canadian Mail Line, and so came down in this superb Express Boat, commanded by that gentlemanly man and good seaman, Capt. Ledyard. I find her full of passengers, showing that bad as the times are, pleasure travellers still abound. However convenient and useful Railroads may be, still in fine weather, steamboats will be and are preferred. On board this fine vessel, and on board all the other lake steamers, every luxury and comfort is to be met with, with the best of attention and civility, together with excellent table fare. How different from the hot and dusty Cars, with nothing decent to eat, save Yankee pies and Saleratus cakes! (Always specially excepting Messrs. L'Hoist's & Beaufort's Station Restaurants, at Kingston and Cornwall, where the traveller can ever depend upon being served with the care and luxury of Paris or New York.) As in a few minutes, I shall step on board, at Cape Vincent, the new Ferry Steamer Pierrepont, Capt. Coleman Hinckley, this may be the proper time to say a few words about her. The boat was built last winter and placed on her route this spring; she is scow built, the better enabled to navigate the Wolfe Island Canal, recently put in order. Her speed is about nine miles an hour, and being of full capacious size, she is found of the greatest utility in making several trips per diem between Kingston and Cape Vincent, and also acting as a Ferry Boat to the Wolfe Islanders. Altho', not so large nor so fine a vessel as the Sir Charles Napier, yet she is found a great improvement in the ferriage, as the distance is greatly shortened, and by passing thro' the Canal, no sea-sickness need now be dreaded. The whistle is at hand, and hey! for Kingston, home, and a good breakfast.