The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Ontario (Steamboat), 11 Oct 1880

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The old ONTARIO - A writer in the Utica 'Herald' says the steamer ONTARIO, which formerly ran on Lake Ontario, and the river St. Lawrence between Lewiston and Ogdensburg, is again to he restored to her nature element and route.
The keel of the ONTARIO was laid early in the summer of 1947, at French Creek, (now Clayton) and she was so far completed that she was towed to Oswego by the Steamer ROCHESTER, Capt. H.N. Throop the same year near the close of November, at great risk and danger, The ONTARIO was fully completed and took the place of the ROCHESTER on the line about the 1st of August 1848. After the retirement of Captain Throop she was commanded by Capt. J.B. Estes for over 18 years. She finally was sold to the Canadian Steamboat Company which ran her down through the rapids to Montreal. The large and growing increase of summer travel on the lake and river renders it necessary to increase the line by additional steamers, and now the ONTARIO is to be divided into two halves, and the parts brought to Ogdensburg and there again joined. We have lost track of Captain J.B. Estes, and we believe that if he is still afloat, it would be in the interest of the Montreal and Richelieu Company to again place him in command.
      Kingston Whig-Standard
      Monday, October 11, 1880

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Ontario (Steamboat), 11 Oct 1880