The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily Times (Oswego, NY), Tuesday, Oct. 14, 1856

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A Slaver From Lake Ontario.

In noticing the early triumphs of George Steers, who built the propellers Genesee Chief and Ontario, at the mouth of the Genesee River, the Rochester Union gives a brief history of the latter named vessel, which was sold to eastern merchants and transferred from fresh to salt water. That paper says:

"The Ontario proved a good ocean steamer, though small and was engaged in the trade between Boston, New Orleans and other ports. She once ran down a vessel in the mouth of the Mississippi-afterwards she went to the coast of Africa and brought a cargo of slaves to Cuba. The Spanish war vessels caught her in close quarters, and her Captain ran her upon an island and deserted her. What was her ultimate fate we have never learned. She may yet be in service, far away from the spot where she was constructed. Our citizens little thought when they saw the Ontario launched into the Genesee, that she would ever become a Spanish slaver, nor did such an idea enter the brain of Mr. Perkins, when he gave her colors to the merchants and perhaps still less thought Mr. Steers, that the ship he received his first honors for building would become a piratical craft in distant seas.

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Richard Palmer
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Daily Times (Oswego, NY), Tuesday, Oct. 14, 1856