The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Argus (Kingston, ON), Dec. 6, 1850

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The Bay of Quinte.

We are sorry to hear that the Messrs. Davy's new steamer, the Bay of Quinte, recently launched at Bath, has been purchased by Mr. Bethune, and will be put on the route between Toronto and Hamilton, on the opening of navigation. [Picton Sun]

The "Sun" need not "sorrow as one without hope," nor do we think that there is much cause for regret because Mr. Davy has sold the hull of his vessel to Mr. Bethune, the latter gentleman having paid full value for it.

The more vessels Mr. Davy may choose to build the better for his neighbours, so long as he can turn them to such profitable account when built. We only wish we could learn that he had orders for building half a dozen each season. As to the people of Picton and of the Bay generally being left another year without sufficient steamboat accommodation there is not very great danger. They can by forming a small company easily supply their own wants in that respect, as we have of late frequently heard them express their determination to do. At all events there are steamers enough to be purchased, chartered, or to be brought upon the route to run on account of their present owners, provided the good folks of Belleville and Picton only adopt the proper means.

It would not vastly surprise us should we see that most energetic and attentive skipper, Capt. Chambers, figuring on the Bay next season as master of some crack new Boat.

Close of Navigation.

The Steamers and sailing craft of the Lakes, and River St. Lawrence, after a season of more than usual business, are about being laid up in winter quarters. The Magnet left here last night, for Toronto and Hamilton, on her last trip. The New Era left on Wednesday afternoon, and on her return will be laid up. The River, Canal and American Boats have all ceased running, and the Bay of Quinte Boats will soon follow suite. The season up to this day has been uncommonly open and mild, and there is scarcely an indication of the approach of a real Canadian winter.

We understand that on Thursday morning last, as the Steamer Lord Elgin was getting through the Beauharnois Canal, one of the workmen fell in, and during the confusion the Steward also fell in, and both were drowned.

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Rick Neilson
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Argus (Kingston, ON), Dec. 6, 1850