The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Argus (Kingston, ON), Sept. 5, 1848

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p.3 The steamer Comet arrived here on Sunday morning from Hamilton, having discharged her cargo at Montreal, where she again took in a full freight from that port for Quebec. She left here last night on her return voyage to Hamilton, deeply laden with freight and passengers; the fare right through being only 20s. We are informed that a portion of her cargo was taken from the bonded warehouse, for merchants in Hamilton, the only expense attendant on a transaction of this nature being the payment of a Custom-House Broker for obtaining the requisite permit; the parties for whom the goods are intended paying the duties on their arrival at the port of destination. By this means goods can be transhipped from the vessel into the steamer and sent direct either to Hamilton or any intermediate port, thus obviating the tedious process which has hitherto obtained, with reference to freight for Canada West; namely discharging them at Quebec and reshipping them for Montreal, to undergo again another transhipment there. The enterprise so judiciously commenced by the proprietors of the Comet has opened the eyes of the mercantile community in Canada to the vast saving in outlay as well as time by the facility thus afforded; and we have not the least doubt but that next year we shall witness a brisk trade in operation between Quebec and the Western country, which is even now shadowed forth by the success which has attended the trial trips of the Comet and the Britannia. [Quebec Chronicle]

p.3 The Steamer Rochester - We understand that this splendid vessel takes her place on the route between Hamilton and Lewiston, on Tuesday next, under the command of Captain Masson, so long and favorably known on the route. This arrangement will give general satisfaction to the travelling community and will, we trust, be the means of greatly increasing the business between this port and the American side of the lake. The Rochester is known as one of the swiftest and most commodious steamers which ply on old Ontario, and her commander has earned for himself a reputation that no remarks of ours could enhance. In evidence of this we have only to state, that with a very inferior vessel, he has established a steady and constantly increasing business. With the Rochester we should not be at all surprised to find that he had secured the most profitable traffic and travel on the lake. [Hamilton Spectator]

Chronicle & News, Oct. 4, 1848

p.2 The Comet Sunk - The steamer Comet struck a shoal near Chimney Island on her last trip down the river, and in attempting to make a port in safety, sunk near the mouth of the Gallops Canal, where she now lies with two or three feet of water in her hold. [Argus]

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Argus (Kingston, ON), Sept. 5, 1848