The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Feb. 18, 1858

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p.1 A New Steamboat Line - We have before fully stated the position of affairs in the American Steamboat line, which has two receivers to wind up its business. Two rival interests are endeavoring to get the control of the boats. The last proposition was to divide the boats and make two lines - one to be a through line, the other to coast from Lewiston to Ogdensburgh. The through line would answer the wants of the Ogdensburgh interest, the shore line that of Oswego and this city. The Oswego Palladium calls upon the people of that place to take hold of the matter and secure the formation of a line to be controlled there or at some other place beside Ogdensburg. The Palladium says: "We are assured by men personally cognizant of the business of the line heretofore, that a side line of boats can be made to pay well - that in fact the side line always has paid, but that the unnecessary increase of the expenses and bad management of the through line has eaten up the profits. It is now proposed that the citizens of Oswego interest themselves in the proposed side line and push it through. It is of great importance and worthy of the attention of business men and others here. Mr. Penfield is the receiver here, and will give any desired information."

What the Palladium says of the management is doubtless true. The American Steamboat Company did a profitable business while they confined their trade to the south shore ports and the River. The Through Line was very expensive, and it was little else than an Opposition to the Shore or Mail Line. No individual or corporation can prosper when it runs an opposition to itself. We hope the project of the Oswego people will succeed, presuming of course that they will find it profitable to run the boats to this port as heretofore. [Rochester Union]

p.3 For Sale - superior built scow Perseverance, new, can carry 70 cords of wood, well adapted for Rideau Canal. - Thomas Porter.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Feb. 18, 1858