The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Aug. 23, 1837

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p.2 Brig North Carolina - It gives us pleasure to state, that the number of passengers on board this vessel was much less than had previously been stated, as will be perceived by the following extract from the Chicago American. It appears she had only eight persons on board in all, and that the statement of the Cleveland Herald, that there were fifteen, was incorrect:-

Chicago, Aug. 4th, 1837

The barque Detroit arrived in port today, having on board the captain, mate and four of the crew of the brig North Carolina, whom they picked up at sea. The brig, it appears, after undergoing slight repairs here, left a short time since for the lower lakes - was struck by a squall a few days after, at about 8 o'clock P.M. and capsized. The captain and five others saved themselves by climbing upon her bottom. The cook and one passenger were drowned. She had no freight or ballast.

Colborne Harbor - Amid the general complaints that we daily hear of the hardness of the times and great scarcity of money, it is highly gratifying to observe the rapid progress nevertheless among us, of many internal improvements, which it were natural to suppose, under the extraordinary pressure of the times, would be altogether suspended. As an instance of this we may adduce the fact of the Colborne Harbor Company (who only received their charter in March last) having already so far extended their piers as to enable Steam Boats to touch in perfect safety, and land their passengers or goods. On Wednesday week last, we are informed, the Inhabitants of Colborne had the pleasing gratification of beholding for the first time a Steam Boat lying in their harbor, the Commodore Barrie, having called on that day, agreeably to appointment. Several Ladies and Gentlemen of the town and neighborhood turned out for the occasion, and had the satisfaction of stepping from the wharf to the deck of the vessel, where they were received by Captain Herchmer with his accustomed politeness and urbanity.

Considering the shortness of time the work has been commenced, and the difficulties before alluded to, the diligence and perseverance of the Directors, as well as the Contractor, in forwarding an improvement of so much importance to the interests of Colborne and the surrounding country, are highly praiseworthy. An additional pier or two are to be immediately extended, and no doubt will be completed with similar expedition, when boats of the largest class, we are told, may call there without the slightest apprehension of danger, and in which case we may expect shortly to see the name of Colborne figuring in the different Steamboat advertisements as a regular stopping place. [Cobourg Star]

p.3 Presque Isle Light House - about to be commenced, Engineers should be used more often. [Cobourg Star]

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Aug. 23, 1837