The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Apr 1904

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Capt. Beaupre Tells Of The Steamer Comet.

Portsmouth, April 7th - In reference to the steamer Comet, of which I see a statement made by Capt. Dix, allow me to give the following information. She was built in Portsmouth at 1848 for the Platts. I helped to build her, and was aboard on her trial trip to Montreal, she being the first lake boat to go through the St. Lawrence canal. Her first mishap was running upon the Gull shoals, while loaded with hardware. Her next mishap was when she broke her walking beam. Captain Taylor was in command. Her third mishap was when she ran ashore at Nine Mile Point. Then she ran ashore at Darlington. She lay on the beach all winter. She was floated in spring and put into commission again. While in Oswego she was blown up. After that she came to Portsmouth and was rebuilt and called the Mayflower not the Maple Leaf. She lay in the village harbor for three seasons, and then in crossing the lake she sank outside Nine Mile Point.

This boat was christened by a present resident of the village. The Maple Leaf that Capt. Dix refers to is a different boat altogether and was taken in and used in the United States war.

Yours truly,


April 8, 1904

p.2 Incidents Of The Day - It was found that the gov't tug St. Paul sank because a plug had been forced out by the ice. Her seams were all right.

The steamer Pierrepont will be ready on Monday for a try at the ice. She has been completely overhauled and painted. Today she was inspected.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Apr 1904