Simeon De Witt (Steamboat), 8 Jul 1840
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Steam Boat Simeon DeWitt
The regularity and noiseless comfort which characterizes the movements of this beautiful Steamer merit more than passing notice. The transition from the jarring vehicles of locomotion with which, at either end of her route, she connects, is really by no means a small one, and were there no other reason, would be an ample one for consigning ourselves to the charge of Capt. Buckbee for the three or four pleasant hours, which are all he permits his passengers to pass in coming from Cayuga Bridge to Ithaca.
The season, (according to the almanac at least though at this present writing not according to the thermometer,) for fashionable travel is present with us, and the fair daughters of the South will be leaving the too warm air of the Carolinas and Georgia for their annual visit to Niagara Falls and the Great Lakes.
A little variation from their accustomed route, we can in good conscience recommend. To leave the Bridge, and glide in the "Simeon DeWitt" over Cayuga Lake, would be of themselves an ample compensation for the one extra day consumed in the episode to their usual journey; but when to this is added the visit to this little appreciated, but must beautiful village, or the farther progress by RailRoad to the Susquehanna, it needs, we know, only one trial by the traveler, to ensure, at first, wonder that a route so beautiful should be so little known; and secondarily, the most earnest recommendation to others to ³come and do likewise.
There has been no deviation from the regular and quick passage of the Simeon DeWitt since her trips have been commenced, except a brief one occasioned by a break in her machinery. The inhabitants of Cayuga and Seneca, whose pleasure or business call them to the Lake, find each landing promptly and exactly performed, and their location and number a great and long called for convenience. Will our traveling friends make trial and do us (as we are sure they will be compelled to) the justice to believe that our language of praise has been but that of sober truth?
July 8, 1840
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- William R. McNeil
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