The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kent (Steamboat), 24 Aug 1833

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THE KENT. - We have great pleasure in announcing the arrival of this new and beautiful little steamboat. She reached the wharf yesterday, after, as we understand, a most satisfactory trial of her engine. We have not been able to visit her, and can not therefore speak ofher as we would wish; but those who have, represent her as a beautiful specimen of naval architecture, highly creditable to the builder and the projectors. In our next number we hope to gratify our readers by a minute description of her dimensions and accommodations. We sincerely wish the "Thames Steam Navigation Company" success in their laudable enterprise, and hope the Kent may prove only a leader to a large class of boats, forming a regular line from the Port of Chatham, carrying the produce of this and the London District to the numerous markets of the province. We say of this and the London District, for surely the enterprising capitalists of both Districts cannot much longer remain insensible of the many advantages which must result from the improvement of the Thames. The expense of rendering it navigable for Canal boats as far as London, we are assured from good authority, would be but trifling. A channel would thus be opened for the wheat and other staple products of our Sister District, and employment given to vessels and hands in their transportation. We have been led to this digression by a combination of pleasing anticipation which we hope to see fully realised, and of which we ahall take occasion to enlarge in some future number. The subject is of moment to every person interested in the prosperity of the Province, and one which we hope will receive the serious and favorable attention of Parliament.
      Canadian Emigrant
      Saturday, August 24, 1832

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Kent (Steamboat), 24 Aug 1833