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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), July 6, 1842

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p.2 Excursion to the Lake on the Mountain - str. Brockville comes from Kingston, Picton people come on str. Kingston, Capt. Harrison, and Vulcan, Capt. Weller. [Prince Edward Gazette]


This beautiful new vessel left Kingston last Friday afternoon with a party on board, consisting chiefly of the Stockholders and their families for a pleasure excursion up the Bay of Quinte. The company sat down to an excellent cold dinner, and after the cloth was removed several toasts were drank and replied to with enthusiasm. Among the most prominent were the following:

"The Queen."

"Sir Charles Bagot."

"Capt. A. Cameron and Stockholders of the Steamer Prince Edward."

"Captain Johnson and Steamer Prince Edward."

"Agricultural and commercial improvement of Canada."

"John Counter, Mayor of Kingston."

"Prosperity to the United States."

The gentleman who proposed the last named toast prefaced it with several happy remarks upon our commercial relations with the United States, and although there was not one American present, it was received by all with great good feeling.

The time from Kingston to Picton was as follows:-

From Kingston to the middle Isle of the Brothers, about 9 1/2 miles 44 minutes

From Kingston to Bath, 18 miles 1 hour 22 min.

From Bath to Picton 1 hour 18 min.

Arrived at Picton; the boat remained there all night.

Next morning the weather being very unfavorable, and the rain pouring down in torrents the boat did not leave till about noon, when, notwithstanding the rain, the good people of Picton, having received invitations, and particularly the fair sex turned out with great spirit - showing the interest taken by the Bay people, with whom this boat seemed to be a favourite. About one o'clock the weather cleared up and dancing commenced, and continued till the bell summoned all to an excellent dinner, at which there was an abundance of everything good, and the Wines were really of the choicest quality. When the boat arrived at Belleville she was received by a crowd on the wharf who kept up an incessant cheering. The boat stayed about an hour at Belleville, during which time all who wished had an opportunity of walking through the town, and the greater number availed themselves of it. Having received an addition to the party of many of the Belleville people, the boat started for Trent and stayed an hour there, thence to Belleville, where the good people of that place landed, expressing themselves much gratified with the trip.

The Prince Edward once more got under way, and during the passage to Picton, the Quadrilles, Waltzes, etc., were kept up (excepting at tea-time) till the arrival of the boat at Picton where the party that came on board there, landed, highly delighted with the attentive urbanity of the Captain, who did all he could to make the trip as agreeable as possible, and who deserves great credit for the manner in which everything was got up, to render all on board comfortable. Next morning she left Picton and arrived at Kingston at about 10 o'clock A.M.

Her speed from Picton upwards to Belleville, was 3 hours 12 minutes, and from Belleville to the Trent 55 minutes, thus proving that she is the fastest boat on the Bay, which considered with her being fitted up in very good style and commanded by a popular Captain, we have no doubt she will receive a very liberal share of the Bay of Quinte business.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), July 6, 1842