The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego County Whig (Oswego, NY), Aug. 6, 1839

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The Oswego route is constantly gaining favor with the travelling public. It needs but to be known to be preferred for comfort, economy and speed. The following is taken from an article in the New York Express:

Lake Ontario - The navigation of this Lake is as pleasing a sight to one who is familiar only with the ocean, and who has never seen one of our great inland seas. After travelling four hundred miles by land, through forests you come to this beautiful Lake, where you find all the comforts, facilities, and conveniences of travelling that are to be found on the North River. I took passage at Oswego, in the Great Britain, an English Steamer of about six hundred tons burthen, surpassing in many respects any of the boats on the North or East River.

Her state rooms in particularly are ten feet high, all light and airy, and for comfort are equal to those found in our fine Liverpool packets. On entering the Lake, the eye looks in vain for land on the western side. The Lake, which is generally over forty miles wide, affords no opportunity to see the coast on the Canada side. All has the appearance of the broad ocean. Thus you run in a steamboat upwards of two hundred miles, - the coast generally on our side presents the appearance of a deep forest, being heavily timbered, with here and there a creek or inlet.

The Lake is said to be five hundred feet deep - of this I have my doubts. It, however,. Is sufficiently deep to give all the appearance of the ocean, the water being apparently blue. In the whole distance we were constantly in sight of some distant sail, which appeared but a speck; of some steamboat, whose smoke could be seen curling in the clouds. The entrance of the Niagara river is full of inlets - on the one side is the Canada shore, with Newark and Queenston on the right - the surrounding country of which appears to be well cultivated - on the left is the American shore, with the fortress of Fort Niagara towering on the bank & the pleasant village of Queenston and Lewiston, the latter being at the head of navigation. The whole face of the country at this particular time is most interesting. The rich fields of wheat turned to the golden color that denotes that it is nearly ripe for the sickle, waves beautifully with the breeze.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego County Whig (Oswego, NY), Aug. 6, 1839