The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), March 26, 1842

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p.1 A Lake Monster - A few days ago as two boys named McConnel were playing on the lake shore near Gull Point, they discovered from behind a thicket a huge serpent which they described to be about the thickness of a man's body, and with a head proportionately large and very glossy, the eyes about the size of a horse's, and very bright. They ran home and told their father what they had seen, who having no gun, sent for Mr. John Church with his rifle, and they were conducted by the boys to the spot. There they discovered him basking in the sun, his head about four feet out of the water. They judged him to be about 30 or 40 feet long, a dark brown color and a broad ring about his neck varying in hue from the rest of his body. Mr. Church alarmed him in endeavoring to get a favorable position for a shot, and he put out into deep water, but soon returned, and they followed him from Gull Point to the light house, a distance of two miles, when he finally disappeared.

We have the truth of this from undoubted sources, and we further learn that such a monster has been frequently seen by the people along the lake shore. [Prince Edward Gazette]

p.2 Opening of Navigation - As there has been no ice here during the winter, we speak of the opening of navigation as the commencement of business. A number of vessels have cleared from and arrived at this port within the last few days. The schooner Lewis Chicoloni arrived on Sunday from Port Colborne with grass seed, deer skins and 50,000 feet of pine lumber to George Ames. The schooner Farmer arrived on Saturday with cedar from Canada, and the schooner Lucindia arrived yesterday with wood from Chemo.

The steamer Express is advertised as will be seen in another column, and will leave here for Kingston as soon as the ice is out of Kingston harbour, which the Chronicle says is fast giving way. Owing to the unusual mild season, the New York canals will be open early, (by the 15th of April it is said) although no date has yet been fixed by the Canal Board. The Welland Canal will be opened about the first of April, when the steam schooner Vandalia and other vessels will leave here for Chicago and intermediate ports [Oswego Herald, 22nd March.]

We have had only one arrival in our Harbour, since the departure of the Ice, viz. a Schooner from Sackett's Harbour, which arrived here on Thursday, laden with provisions and various Yankee notions.

The Gildersleeve, Captain Bowen, will leave this Port on Monday morning for Prescott. The Steamer Gore will leave Toronto evening for Cobourg and Rochester, and the Princess Royal Mail Steamer is to leave Toronto for Kingston on Tuesday or Wednesday next.



For the Benefit of the Underwriters.

Will be sold by Auction, on Monday, April 4th, at the Marine Railway, where she now lies, that fine Schooner the


With all her Masts, Sails, Rigging and Furniture. The William Cayley has lately undergone a thorough and substantial Repair.

Sale at one o'clock, P.M. Terms made known at the time of Sale.

Kingston, March 24th, 1842.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), March 26, 1842