The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Argus (Kingston, ON), Aug. 15, 1848

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p.2 We have great pleasure in announcing the arrival of another steamer from Upper Canada, designed to ply between Hamilton and Quebec - the Comet, a new steamer, 196 feet in length and 28 feet breadth of beam - having two engines of 45 horse-power each, and capable of carrying 2700 barrels of Flour. This is the third vessel which has visited Quebec from the far west, and we trust is not the last which will find the intercourse with this port advantageous. These vessels have, indeed, created a new era in the navigation of the St. Lawrence, fraught with mighty consequences to the trade of the province generally, opening up a great and extensive field for commercial enterprise. We have the means of wealth to a considerable extent, within ourselves, which may be turned to account by the facility of transporting the agricultural and mineral productions of the country. Mines of silver and copper have long been discovered; but hitherto the expense of transportation has been the chief bar to their being worked profitably. The time, however, seems not far distant, when the riches of the west can be cheaply brought to our doors for transportation to Europe, and establishing another branch of trade which may even supersede the business of timber. The Comet is intended to carry Flour and passengers between Hamilton and Quebec, the former at the rate, we have been informed of 1s. 6d. per bbl., which is about half the sum at present charged, when bro't down by transhipment. Her owners are the enterprising Messrs. Platt, whom we wish every success. [Quebec Chronicle]

p.3 Toronto Regatta - We have been requested to intimate that a Regatta will take place at Toronto about the end of August or beginning of September, of which we shall be enabled to publish the particulars in a few days. In the meantime we would advise those who intend to enter at the Kingston Regatta to make early preparation and compete for the Prizes at Toronto also.

Courteous Act - printer of Argus still on American Steamer Cataract, Capt. Van Cleve when it leaves the dock; after going down the river for ten miles the Captain lets him transfer to the Rochester coming up.

Another Lake Steamer - The Proprietors of the American Line of Lake Steamers, launched the hull of a splendid new boat at French Creek, on Thursday last, which they named the Bay State. This new steamer is about the size of the Ontario, and will be fitted up in the same gorgeous style as that vessel and the Cataract.

We understand that the new vessel commenced at Oswego by Capt. Vandewater, and intended to run between Oswego and Lewiston in connection with the Syracuse and Oswego Railroad, has been purchased by the above Company. When finished she will be much the largest steamer on Lake Ontario.

It is expected that the Niagara will be ready to take her place in the line some three weeks hence.

In the summer of 1850, if not before, there will in all probability be a morning and evening line of these magnificent steamers along the South side of the St. Lawrence and Lake Ontario from Ogdensburgh to Lewiston. An accommodation which the completion of the railroad commenced at Ogdensburg, will no doubt fully warrant.

Excursion on Comet postponed until 24th.

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Argus (Kingston, ON), Aug. 15, 1848