The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Argus (Kingston, ON), Aug. 1, 1848

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p.2 A Lunch - given by Captains of Jefferson and Dallas. (half column) [Montreal Gazette]

Another Picnic.

On Saturday morning a party of about 200 met on board the new Steamer Comet, by invitation of the Proprietors, the Messrs. Platt of Hay Bay. The boat left Browne's wharf at 9 o'clock, and proceeded to the residence of the Messrs. Platt, on Hay Bay. Arrived, about 2 o'clock at Hay Bay, after having stopped for a short time at Adolphustown, the party partook of an excellent luncheon, which had been prepared for them by their hospitable entertainers. Having feasted, and examined the splendid Dairy so famous for its cheese, they re-embarked and turned homewards, visiting the Lake on the Mountain, touching again at Adolphustown, and arriving in Kingston about 10 o'clock.

It was our intention to have given a very full, and particular account of this very pleasant pic-nic, essaying a description of the splendid scenery viewed, chronicling the many pleasing incidents of the day, offering a few remarks on Love-making, and adding some general scientific, political and moral reflections, but having postponed taking up our grey goose quiill until near the time of going to Press, our readers must be content to remain in comparative ignorance of our views on these subjects.

The party was well selected, and the girls the very prettiest that eyes could be placed upon. There was excellent music on board, and dancing was indulged in to their heart's content.

The Comet, of which we previously gave a particlar description, realizes fully what was anticipated of her, and sustains the character of her builder, Mr. Ault. If her enterprising proprietors meet with all the success which their efforts merit, and which we wish them, they will not have cause to regret having embarked in her so large a portion of the fruits of their industry in cultivating the soil.

Approaching Kingston, the party were called together for the purpose of expressing their thanks for the very kind and hospitable treatment they had received. John Counter, Esq., was called to the chair, when the following resolutions were put and carried, the proposers and (sic)

Proposed by James Williamson, Esq., seconded by Capt. Gaskin,

1st. Resolved, - That the thanks of this meeting are due to the Messrs. Platt, proprietors of the Steamer Comet, for their kind invitation to this Pic Nic.

Proposed by William Ferguson, Esq., seconded by Capt. Pierson,

2nd. Resolved, - That the very hospitable manner in which we have been received, not only on board but at the residence of the Messrs. Platt, calls for our warmest acknowledgements.

Proposed by John Crawford, Esq., seconded by Allan McPherson,

3rd. Resolved, - That we hail with pleasure the appearance of another Steamer to the line between Hamilton and Montreal; and trust that the Comet will meet with that patronage which her high qualities as a Steamer should command.

p.3 Steamer Dawn - The above steamer left this port at 5 p.m. on Wednesday last, for Quebec, where it was intended to overhaul and inspect her. The Dawn was supported by four barges with beams, all the vessels being in tow of the steamer Charlevoix. When opposite Sorel, about 4 a.m. yesterday, the traverse beam gave way, and it was considered best to put into Sorel, instead of proceeding to Quebec, as had been intended. Messrs. H. Jones & Co. have received a telegraphic despatch from Sorel, stating that the Messrs. McArthey, shipbuilders, in whose hands the vessel has been placed, have promised to relieve the barges in four days, or, in other words, to have her afloat in that time. [Montreal Courier]

Steamer to Goderich - We are glad to observe it announced that Mr. Porter and other persons of enterprize at Port Sarnia, are laying down the keel of a Steamer to run between this town and Detroit, and we sincerely trust and believe that a regular weekly communication between those places would meet the support it merits. We cannot, however, help expressing our opinion that a steamer plying once a fortnight, or once in three weeks between Goderich and Kingston, and calling for passengers and freight, at intermediate ports would not only be a greater convenience to the inhabitants, and a greater benefit to this Province, but also a more paying speculation. We shall, however, be happy to do all in power to encourage the present to accommodate the public. [Huron Gazette]

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Argus (Kingston, ON), Aug. 1, 1848