The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Niagara (Ferry), 5 Jun 1885

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      A bright idea and one that appears to be profitable to its projectors has struck the managers of the International Ferry Co. At the last meeting of the stockholders it was proposed to start a ferry from the foot of Main St., to run across to Old Fort Erie, on the Canada side, and the scheme was passed to begin work immediately. The old historic fort, built by the french in 1600 or thereabouts, will be of interest to many who have never visited the spot; but the beautiful lake breeze and fine beach and grove will, it is thought, be the principle attractions. A dock will be built and buildings erected on shore for the use of picnic and pleasure parties, and which will also answer for dancing and other indoor amusements.
      The stm. NIAGARA, built by George Notter 3 years afo for the company, is to be brought into service to convey passengers from shore to shore, and will, it is expected, make trips every hour. The steamer will carry about 500 and the builder's name is a sufficient guarantee of her seawarthy qualities. The charge for trips will not exceed 15 cents, which is low enough considering the distance and benefits to be derived therefrom. For bathing no better spot could be chosen as the water is very shallow, with a gravel bottom.
      Altogether the scheme has every appearance of success, and we think the citizens of Buffalo will appreciate the effort of its projectors towards cheap excursions. The managers are B. & E. Baxter and Dr. Pierce.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      June 5, 1885 3-2

      The first trip of the stm. NIAGARA will be made at 9:00 4th of July morning from the foot of Main St. During the day frequent trips will be made to old Fort Erie grove, the last boat leaving this side at 10 P.M. Regular trips will be run after this every day to the same place. The old fort, a fine grove on the lake shore, good fishing and boating is sure to attract those wishing to leave the city for a quiet ramble. Tickets cane be secured at the Baltimore & Ohio telegraph office, foot of Main St. The round trip fare has been placed at 15 cents for adults and 10 cents for children.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      July 2, 1885 3-1

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Niagara (Ferry), 5 Jun 1885