The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Clifton (Steamboat), 14 Aug 1855

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THE STEAMER CLIFTON. -- We have always insisted that the tourist who visits the Falls for the pleasure of enjoying the spectacle and the surrounding scenery, should not fail to take steamboat upon the river in order that he should not lose the quiet and beautiful panorama afforded by the broad stream and its verdant shores. The steamer CLIFTON is now making two daily trips up and down, and being a fine boat, new, cleanly and well appointed, being offered by such gentlemen as Captain Young and his associates, and being moreover, fast and staunch, she offers in her many advantageous qualities great inducements to the voyager for pleasure. The scenery along the river is full of interest, on either shore floats the flag of a mighty nation; fortresses and battle-grounds where those two nations have met in sanguinary conflict, are shown, but distinguished now by the crumbling walls that blossom undisturbed upon the peaceful surface of the other. The tomahawk has long been buried here, and the iron horses charge with fierce strides across the sometime places of carnage, trailing after him the descendants of those who met there in anger. All these things may be seen or are suggested during a trip of the CLIFTON; and more. Going back almost a century, there are monuments of the days when the children of sunny France, uniting with the red-man of the forest, fought long and desperate against the colonists; here was a great portage, and the CLIFTON will land the traveller at the wharf, where a single chimney stands, a relic of the old fort, built to protect the head of the portage, and named "Schlosser," in honor of some old officer. There too, at that very wharf, lay the steamer CAROLINE, when attacked by an armed force of Britons and cut adrift, all in flames, to go over the great Cataract. Indeed, the shores of the Niagara abound with incidents and historic memories, which one can best learn from the observation afforded by a trip upon the CLIFTON. Then let every one make at least the down river voyage upon her.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      July 7, 1855

      The good steamer. CLIFTON which runs between this port and Chippewa, making a stop at Sclosser should be crowded from "stem to stern" this beautiful weather with pleasure seekers. There is no more delightful trip that we know of than by a ride from Buffalo to the Falls by the river, and certainly no better boat than the CLIFTON for such a purpose. It is well commanded, well manned and well supplied. Capt. Young, Mr. Newbiggin, the clerk, and George Gordon, the steward, are all efficient in their several positions, and all are remarkably attentive to the passengers who are fortunate enough to ride with them.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      August 14, 1855 3-5

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Clifton (Steamboat), 14 Aug 1855