The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Canadian Loyalist & Spirit of 1812 (Kingston, ON), April 4, 1844

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p.3 Competition on the Lake - We observe in yesterday's Chronicle a long puff on Captain Richardson's Steamboats, one of which, it is proposed by that gentleman to run between Niagara and Kingston. The pretence of the Chronicle is, that the steamboat in question is designed to compete with the American Vessels, but there is another view of the case behind the curtain, which has nothing to do with anything American. A manifest injury will be done to Mr. Bethune's boats, should this intention be carried into effect by Capt. Richardson. Passengers for Niagara have, hitherto, gone by Mr. Bethune's Steamers to Toronto, and thence embarked in one of Capt. Richardson's boats for Niagara, or Lewiston, according to the destination of the several parties.

On this head, therefore, we conceive that it is not acting towards Mr. Bethune as ought to be expected from a 'brother of the craft' to intrude upon his accustomed line, in a manner to injure his interests. Mr. Bethune has never interfered with Capt. Richardson in the transit between Toronto and Niagara, yet, had he chosen to have adopted such a course, his means would have fully enabled him to have crushed Capt. Richardson's boats in their infancy. Surely then, this is no meer return for the forbearance. We, for one, most sincerely hope that the Canadian public will not support Capt. Richardson's enterprize to the detriment of the interests of Mr. Bethune who has, at vast expense, established a line of Steamers on the Lake which are well entitled to the appellation of 'Royal.'

We may as well observe here, that not one word or hint has been conveyed to us, either by Mr. Bethune or any body else, on this subject; but we offer the remarks, which are embodied in this paragraph, simply from having seen the statement in the Chronicle, and because we deem it but an act of common justice to oppose any infringement of Mr. Bethune's conventional right.

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Rick Neilson
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Canadian Loyalist & Spirit of 1812 (Kingston, ON), April 4, 1844