The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Argus (Kingston, ON), May 19, 1848

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p.2 Launch - On Wednesday the splendid Steamer being built at the Railway, for Capt. Gildersleeve, will be launched.

The Premier - This schooner-rigged craft, built at Portsmouth last winter, by Messrs. McPherson & Crane, arrived here on Wednesday evening, with a cargo equal to 2630 bbls. Flour. The Premier was originally intended for a Barge - not one of the modern, bluff, scow-stemmed craft but modelled ship-shape, combining beauty with utility. As the season advanced, business prospects did not look very bright, and her owners thought the Premier would be more useful to them, if made fit for both Lake and River navigation. They therefore, added some 25 inches to her top-timbers, and schooner-rigged her. Her first trip has been most successful, she having brought down from Lake Erie the cargo we have named; drawing on an even keel about 6 1/2 feet water. The Premier's sailing qualities are also first rate. Success to all new craft say we - but particularly to those built and owned in Kingston and its vicinity.

p.3 The Speed - The new steamer Speed now plying on the Ottawa, between Bytown and Grenville, made a trial pleasure trip on Saturday. A number of ladies and gentlemen were on board, and all were highly satisfied with the excursion. The Speed commenced her regular trips yesterday. She is built upon the fast sailing model of the Montreal and Quebec Steamers, and promises much for her future usefulness on this route. [Bytown Advocate]

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Argus (Kingston, ON), May 19, 1848