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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Aug. 26, 1837

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p.2 Windsor Harbour - In the course of last winter's Session of our Provincial Parliament, a grant of £9000 was made, to improve this Harbour, and Commissioners were appointed to carry such improvement into effect. We have of late been often asked what progress has been made by the Commissioners towards the completion of the work - but we can obtain no information on the subject.

It is generally allowed that the Windsor Harbour when improved, will be one of the best, if not the very best, on Lake Ontario - and the recent tremendous gales have drawn very general attention to the early finishing of the work, as of vast importance to the safety to the shipping on these waters.

The Commissioners would therefore confer a favor on a numerous portion of the maritime community by publishing some account of the progress which they may have made in executing the important trust committed to their charge.

We, the undersigned passengers on board the Steamer Cobourg, from Toronto to Prescott, beg leave thus publicly to acknowledge our obligations to Capt. Harper for his able management during the severe gale of yesterday and last night, and also to express our admiration of the manner in which, under the protection of Divine Providence, the Boat braved both wind and waves.

Richard Bury,

Eckley Pattisan, M.K.S.,

Edmd. De Pestre,

James Hogg,

William Woodruff,

J. Webster,

J.H.W. Page,

Robert McClure,

S. Rawson,

Theod. Schnidal,

C. Armstrong.

On board the Cobourg.

Wednesday, 23rd August, 1837.

To the Editor of the Kingston Chronicle

Dear Sir;-

If you or any of your friends should have occasion to take a trip on Lake Ontario either in fair weather or in foul, let me seriously recommend you to try the good ship Cobourg, under the command of the best of skippers, Captain Harper. I had the good fortune to sail in that vessel from Toronto this week under a heavy gale, during a day and a night, which we were under way; not a sail or craft of any kind was to be seen, as rude Boress had driven every man Jack of them into shelter; yet, sir, we kept ahead and made our port in the usual time; but it is not the goodness of the vessel as a sea boat alone that I speak - it is also the superior accommodation you meet with that renders her in my opinion far preferable to any boat on the lake; there you get the very best of fare served up in the most elegant style, the most active and attentive servants, and above all you see an "eye to the helm" with which every passenger is pleased, - then the berths, far surpassing in comfort any thing I have seen, - you do not rise in the morning, with every bone aching as if you had been thrashed from shoulder to flank, - not like those in any other boat that I have been in, they are bottomed with canvass, instead of bars of wood whose hardness and roughness debars you from the pleasure of sleep. I can easily fancy that Captain Harper has seen good living and good society - his manner clearly tells you so; - there is but one man more in his line to be at all compared to him, and when he has had a little experience he will also be a favorite, but among them all give me the Cobourg and Captain Harper, so long as there's a shot in the locker.

Yours, etc., A

Kingston, 25th August, 1837.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Aug. 26, 1837