The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Wed., Oct. 11, 1843

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From the Onondaga Standard.

In a recent trip to Rochester and Niagara Falls, we had a fair opportunity of testing the pleasantness and cheapness of the two routes from this place to Buffalo; and for the benefit of the traveling pubic, and to award credit to whom credit is due, we will state a few reasons why we think the route by the lake is, in pleasant weather, decidedly the most attractive.

We left Syracuse at 8 o'clock in the morning, in the packet "Cataract," Capt. Velder, for Oswego. Those who have traveled on the Oswego Canal know that better boats, or more gentlemanly and accommodating masters, than are on this line of packets are not to be found. It has every convenience for comfort that could be desired. At 4 o'clock we reached Oswego, where we took the steamboat "Rochester" for Lewiston, at which place we arrived early the next morning, making the jaunt in less than 24 hours. The Boats on the Lake are substantially built, have all the conveniences necessary for comfort, and are managed in a way that does credit to all concerned. This especially with the "Rochester" and the "Lady of the Lake."

One of the advantages of the route by Oswego, is the beauty of its scenery. Traveling on a canal is generally considered dull and wearisome. But where the route is so short, and there is such a variety of scenery to meet the eyes on this, the mind cannot easily weary. We do not remember to have ever seen a finer view than that which embraces the Onondaga Valley as seen from the banks of the Canal bordering on Onondaga Lake. We doubt whether there is a finer view in the state.

So too of some parts of Lake Ontario, one of the most beautiful sheets of water in the world, and up Niagara river, where Queenston Heights, Brock's Monument and many points of interest are presented to full view. And you have an abundance of time to see all of these, to look at and talk about them to your heart's content. There is no pulling and hauling for baggage, no running and scrambling for meals, but all is quiet, and you can read easily, eat your meals leisurely, sleep comfortably, and at the end of your journey be as little fatigued as if you had remained at home. We ask any person who has ever traveled by railway to Buffalo if he has experienced anything like this degree of comfort? We are sure not.

Such are some of the reasons why we consider the lake route most attractive. To a traveler from New York City after a day's jolting upon the cars, a change must always be pleasant. Now let us look at the comparative cheapness of the two routes:


By Way of Buffalo
Niagara Falls50
By way of Oswego
Niagara Falls50

Here is a difference of $1.50, one third of the fare by way of Oswego, in favor of the Oswego route, making a still further difference of at least $1 against the Railroad. Can any further or stronger evidence be needed to prove that the Lake route is not only cheaper and pleasanter, as we have stated, but in every respect more attractive, and consequently more deserving the support of the traveling public?

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Peter Warwick
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Wed., Oct. 11, 1843