The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Spectator (Kingston, ON), April 3, 1834

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p.2 Steam Boats - The opening of the season always causes a bustle among the steam boats in preparing for their destined routes. We expect to have a material alteration from the usual method of travelling between here and the Lower Province. It is said that two or more steam boats are to run from the head of the Long Sault to Kingston, being 40 miles lower down than Prescott the usual place of stopping heretofore. In that distance there are two rapids and a great part of the way a strong current but it is expected that a swift and powerful boat will ascend that portion of the river in seven or eight hours, and if so, it will be with about the same speed that the old boats have hitherto run between this place and Prescott.

The Brockville arrived here last Sunday; she is intended for the above route. She appears to be a convenient boat, with cabin room her entire length. The boilers are placed on the wings, being propelled by two engines.

It has become a common practice for newspapers to puff off certain boats belonging to their patrons. We heard a gentleman say the other day that newspaper puffs have become so common that they were not worth minding any more than a fine epitaph marked on the tomb stone of a deceased person, whose friends paid for dressing him out in borrowed plumes or ascribed to him noble and virtuous qualities he never possessed; that for his part when he saw so much studied trumpery about this boat, that canal, and such a work, he always began to suspect that the merits of the subject under the hand of the trumpeter was rather doubtful.

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Rick Neilson
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Kingston Spectator (Kingston, ON), April 3, 1834