A. Rindge (Canal Boat), 1 Apr 1842
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We take pleasure in announcing the fact that this branch of business (Canal Boat building) has at last taken deep roots in our city. At Van Slyke's boat yard, on Mechanic St., are specimens of what can be done in this department. Two fine boats have already been launched, one the BUFFALO, for the new York Transportation Co., and the other the A. RINDGE, for the Detroit Line. Both of these boats bear evidence of durability and excellent workmanship. The builder former experience in Rochester enables him to judge correctly, and he avers that he has never used better materials than those which abound in this vicinity, while his contracts exhibits a saving of full 20% below Rochester prices. Indeed Mr. Van Slyke is confident that the business, if but properly encouraged by our forwarders, will reduce the cost of canal craft very materially.
Until the present time Rochester has monopolized this branch of business, mainly owing to the fact that the predominating interest of canal stock was represented there, and under a belief by the builders that materials and rents were higher here than in that place; but this erroneous impression has been removed by the success of the first experiment, and we anticipate the time when Buffalo built canal craft, like those upon the lake will be the boast of our city.
It requires a little protection to bring the home built craft into general use, while, if successful, thousands of dollars will annually be expended in our place for provisions and merchandise.
Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
April 18, 1842
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- William R. McNeil
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