The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Argus (Kingston, ON), July 28, 1848

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Niagara, with Improvements.


The little steamboat Maid of the Mist, which plies between the Cataract and the Whirlpool below, is a great acquisition. Starting a mile and a half below the Falls, she labors slowly up over the dark green depths of the great river, with a line of foam stretching down its centre and a towering cliff shutting in the view on either side, passes directly by the foot of the American and then of the Horse Shoe Fall, landing first on the British then on the American shore, and returning to her berth near the Suspension Bridge..... [N.Y. Tribune]

p.3 The Royal Navy - Her Majesty's Steamer Cherokee, left Kingston this morning for Oswego, bearing her Commander, Capt. Fowell, also Mrs. Fowell, and family. Arrived at Oswego, Capt. Fowell will relinquish the command of the vessel, having, we understand, applied for and obtained leave. There will, we learn, be no successor to Capt. Fowell; the command of the Cherokee falling upon the present first Lieutenant, Mr. Davis. Lieutenant Harper, of the Minos, now on Lake Erie, being the Senior Lieutenant on the Lakes, will be the Lieutenant commanding.

With regard to Capt. Fowell and family, we, with all their other Kingston friends, heartily wish them a safe and pleasant voyage to "Merry old England," confident, with reference to the Captain himself, that should occasion offer a spirit akin to that by which he earned his promotion in Nov., 1838, on board the little Experiment, will not be found wanting.

For the Argus.

In a late number of the News some hints are thrown out that the citizens of Kingston may ere long have the very harmless gratification of witnessing a REGATTA within their beautiful Bay. Of all public amusements there is none can excel that which a well conducted Regatta affords, and of all cities in the world none possesses greater natural facilities than the city of Kingston - in a well sheltered and extensive harbour, without tide or river current. It must be confessed, however, that even with these inducements and facilities, and notwithstanding that the Navy and the Army stationed here from time to time, as well as the citizens, have liberally subscribed towards the expenditure of past Regattas, not one of them has been properly conducted and terminated satisfactorily.

In order to have good sport on such occasions, and no complaining or disputes afterwards, open your prizes to all parties; the native and the foreigner; give timely notice; let the Rules and Regulations of the day be liberal, but distinct and clear, bearing on all points where disputes may may be most likely to occur; and drawn out by practical men who know how such competitions should be conducted; and let the decisions be given impartially on such regulations, even if not the very best that might have been adopted. The very best got up Regattas witnessed on these inland seas, have terminated unsatisfactorily, owing to the loose manner in which they have been conducted, and some deviations from proper Regulations in final decisions. Let the lovers of aquatic sports in those anticipated this season, atone for past errors in their strict and proper management, that all concerned may have "a clear field and no favour" - well contested matches, and no ground of complaint.

The Steamer Britannia - Will leave this forenoon for Hamilton, C.W. and intermediate ports. A large number of passengers, we understand, have engaged to go in her. The rates are remarkably moderate, viz. to Kingston, 10s.; to Toronto, 15s.; to Hamilton, 17s 6d. currency. [Quebec Chron., Monday]

[The Britannia sailed from Quebec on Tuesday morning with 40 Cabin and 400 Steerage passengers.]

The Steamer Dawn - We are happy to say that this Steamer has been brought into port, and is lying near the Canal Basin, supported by 4 barges. She was taken off the Shoal, below the Rapids, by the Steamer Fashion yesterday morning, and, we understand, is to be taken down to Quebec for the purpose of undergoing the necessary repairs. Although very much injured, we have reason to believe that she can be brought into ship-shape again, and will yet prove a serviceable boat. [Montreal Courier]

For Sale - The splendid four oared gig Sylph, New York build. Also, the fast sailing Sail Boat Odd-fellow, sails, rigging, etc. new and complete. And a small Race Skiff. For particulars apply to Wm. Marshall, at Messrs. Watkins & Co. Kingston, July 27, 1848.

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Argus (Kingston, ON), July 28, 1848