The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Herald (Kingston, ON), Sept. 23, 1845

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p.1 The St. Thomas Standard of Thursday, September 11th, mentions that the American steamer Madison, with, it is said, one thousand passengers on board, went ashore on Saturday night last, a little below Dunkirk. The sea was running too high, at the time, to permit any other vessel going to her assistance. No tidings had been, at that time, heard whether any lives had been lost, or what extent of damage the vessel had sustained.




The iniquity which has been done to this Province by the exhorbitant Steamboat fares cannot be estimated; it is a complete incubus on the rising energies of the country - and we are only astonished that the good sense of the community did not long ago compel a total change. It is really distressing to see the apathy which exists even at this moment on the subject; every one acknowledges the evils entailed on the country by the present system - but no one will move; every one looks to his neighbor and cries, "It is a shame that nothing is done," but he stirs not himself....

(Toronto is particularly affected; people are being pushed to invest huge amounts of money in railroads when a little money put into two boats to fight monopoly would be more successful; if fares were cut in half, boats, hotels would be full - with Montreal-Quebec and N.Y. steamboats held up as examples; shame for Tory papers for ignoring issue; some comments from Reform papers given; where else but on Lake Ontario is so little accommodation provided for deck passengers?)

Railroad Meeting - at Kingston; steamer George Clinton arrived from Cape Vincent with large crowd of railroad supporters and brass band.

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Kingston Herald (Kingston, ON), Sept. 23, 1845