Maritime History of the Great Lakes

Penetanguishene (Steamboat), 23 Sep 1834

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      A new steam boat called the PENETANGUISHENE has commenced running between the place after which it is named, and the Indian village of Coldwater; she leaves Penetanguishene in the morning, and Coldwater in the afternoon, thus giving time to passengers, who may have arrived overnight at the Narrows, by the PETER ROBINSON, to cross the portage in time to secure their passage; she touches both going and returning at the military establish-ment, and concludes her daily trip at the place whence she started. There is thus an almost direct communication from Toronto to Penetanguishene, with the exception of a portage of fourteen miles from the Narrows to Coldwater. Next summer this interruption to a continuous travelling route will cease to exist, for a stage will commence running daily; in the mean time, luggage and passengers may be conveyed across the portage by ox teams, and an Indian at the Narrows keeps a horse, which he lets out. The boat is very neatly built, and though not entirely finished, contains excellent accommodations, there being eight berths in the gentlemen's, and seven in the ladies cabin, with a means of adding more should they be required. She is commanded by Captain Borland.
The village of Penetanguishene is not so well known as it ought to be. It is described to us, as situated at the head of a bay in Lake Huron, and sloping gradually from a great height, down to the water's edge. Mr. Jeffery has built a very large tavern, commanding a noble view of the bay; the place contains several stores, and Mr. A. Mitchell has nearly completed a handsome dwelling house, perched on a lofty height. The communication with Barrie, a rapidly rising town, by means of the new road, the plying of the new steam boat, the opening of several new townships in this section of the country, the salubrity of its climate, the beauty of its scenery, and the abundance of excellent fish in Lake Huron, will render all the necessaries and comforts of life easily attainable; while, in addition to some respectable families on the spot, there is at a distance of two miles, excellent society at the military establishment, where also Captain Maberley, R. N., has taken up his residence. Wallace's Inn, at this place, is a small but comfortable house, almost as high, in point of situation, as an eagle's eyrie; and with the beautiful view it commands, and the cleanliness and English cookery of its landlady, affords a delightful retreat.
The new steamboat intends taking a trip on the 12th. September to the Sault Saint Marie; and to those who wish to see the Thousand Islands of the St. Lawrence surpassed in grand and varied scenery by the more than twenty thousand islands of Lake Huron; we recommend the opportunity in question as one not likely to happen very frequently. - Toronto Courier
      British American Journal
      Tuesday, September 23, 1834

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Penetanguishene (Steamboat), 23 Sep 1834