In entering this port, particularly at night, great care must be taken not to run too close to the south end of the west pier, where broken crib work and numerous piles project nearly 100 feet futher into the Lake than the end of the E. pier.
Midway between Port Hope and Cobourg there is a dangerous shoal called Gull Island, which is about two miles long, and about one mile from the shore ; it is sometimes bare, and has erected upon it a lighthouse 45 feet high, having a bright fixed light, which on a fine night can he seen from ten to twelve miles.
VARIATION OF COMPASS.
In running down the Lake from Hamilton to Long Point, there is nothing by which one harbour light can be distinguished from another, with the exception of the red light on the Queen's Wharf, at Toronto, and this cannot be seen a mile or two south of Gibraltar Point. Would it not be desirable, therefore, in so important a port as Cobourg, where all the steamers plying between the head of the Lake and Kingston, are in the habit of calling, besides numerous sailing craft, to have its light coloured so as to distinguish it from all others ? This could be done at an expense of a few pounds, by substituting stained glass, either blue, red, or green.
COURSES AND DISTANCES.
Return to Home Portelectronic edition is based on the original in the collection of the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston.