The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 29, 1855

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p.2 Collision - On Wednesday afternoon the two American steamers Ontario and Niagara came in collision at the mouth of the Niagara River. The shock was severe, the Niagara was struck on her fore quarter and had her wheel-house and cabins stove in. Happily no lives were lost but there was great terror on board. The Niagara was towed over to the wharf and has since gone up to Lewiston for repairs. The collision happened in consequence of one of the vessels taking the wrong side of the river.

The steamer City of the Bay has been disabled by the breaking of one of her shafts, and will be unable for some time to resume her trips between this city and Belleville.

New Iron Steamer Kingston - Royal Mail Line - As in duty bound, we visited the new steamer put upon the route between Montreal and Kingston by the Royal Mail Line, and in justice to her enterprising owners, as well as to our travelling readers, we cannot help expressing our admiration of this noble vessel. The Kingston is an iron boat; she was built to the order of the Mail Line by Messrs. Thomson on the Clyde, and sent out here in pieces, where she was re-built by Messrs. Bartley & Dunbar, whose work is pronounced unexceptionably excellent. This firm also made the engine, and this fact is of itself a guarantee of safety, and steady and smooth propulsion. The fitting up of this beautiful craft is almost a miracle of taste, skill and elegance. She has a saloon 160 feet in length profusely furnished with sofas, lounges & chairs, luxuriously cushioned & gorgeously covered after the manner of the most handsome drawing rooms. Tables with marble tops, mirrors of the largest dimensions, a piano of superior quality, stained and ornamental glass lights, and the richest carpets, go to make up the tout ensemble of this magnificent saloon. The ladies' cabin is, if possible, even more chaste and artiste, and the state rooms, unusually large, some having double beds, are in keeping with the rest. By the by, we ought not to omit noticing the BRIDAL ROOM, which has been fitted up with all imaginable care and comfort for the especial benefit of newly married couples. This feature in the accommodations is deserving of particular attention, and will, no doubt, offer irresistible attractions to wedding parties. We have often heard of the splendor of the great Hudson steamer, the Isaac Newton; it never was our good fortune, however, to make a passage in her, but we are told by those who have, that the Kingston, except in size, is every way her equal, if not her superior, in respect of elegant decoration, costly furniture, and superlative comfort. This beautiful vessel is 180 feet long, with 30 feet beam. Her joiner's work was executed by Mr. Shearer, and reflects credit upon him, as does the elegantly stained and ornamental glass upon Mr. Spence. She is commanded by Captain Clark Hamilton, son of the Hon. John Hamilton, whose urbanity and practical qualities are too well known to require our eulogies. We anticipate a successful career for the Kingston.

Surely, between the Royal Mail or Canadian Line, of which Mr. Milloy is Agent here, and the American Line, represented by Mr. Barron, the travelling public on both sides of the river are favored with rare facilities for the pursuit of pleasure or business in either country. We have often spoken in the highest terms of the boats belonging to our neighbors, and the honorable rivalry of two companies has, no doubt, largely contributed to make their separate concerns what they are. It always gives us pleasure to speak well of these lines, and we cannot conceal from our readers that we are moved thereto, not only by the merits of the vessels and the efficiency of their management, but also by the very handsome manner in which their gentlemanly agents, to our knowledge, have ever dealt with the representatives of the press in Montreal. In thus doing, they have, no doubt, found their account; and therefore, while we only do them justice in presenting their claims to public patronage, we cannot avoid stating it as our conviction that the civilities extended to the fourth estate are the best investments they ever made. [Montreal Pilot]

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 29, 1855