The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Wed., May 30, 1838

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Steamboat Racing. - The editor of the Commercial Herald, together with a correspondent, have taken much pains in the last number of that paper, to mis-represent the circumstances of the recent trials of speed between those fast sailing boats, the Great Britain and Robert Peel. The statements are altogether one-sided, and are destitute of fairness and truth. I am not disposed to speak favorably of either boat in this transaction, for I think the practice of steamboat racing should be discountenanced by ever good citizen, but I am prepared to say and maintain that the contest was not sought by the Great Britain.

At the last trial she was entirely unprepared, and put off her guard by the statements of the captain of the Peel, who left Kingston one hour sooner than his time, for the purpose of leading the G.B. and giving her a challenge. Will the writer in the herald say that the accident of which he speaks as happening to the Peel, was not caused, at least aggravated, by the inflammable material used to keep up a high pressure of steam?

All the circumstances give evidence of her preparations and exertions to succeed. The friends of the Peel would save themselves by dropping the subject. The least said soonest mended for them. I have no interest in the success of either of these rival boats in their racing operations, but dislike to see an old and faithful friend of the public as the G.B. is, attempted to be injured by misrepresentation. A triumph in a contest with the Peel would not add to her established reputation, and the confidence of the public cannot be demanded by her declining any such contest.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Wed., May 30, 1838