The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Chronicle (Kingston, ON), Oct. 22, 1831

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p.2 In another part of our impression will be found the testimony of a Boston paper to the enterprising spirit of the Messrs. Hamilton of Queenston, in supplying the principal part of the steam navigation of these lakes, and discharging their duty with punctuality and fidelity. It affords us great pleasure to find that at such a distance from the scene of their operations the indefatigable zeal of these gentlemen is duly appreciated. The public convenience was never more sedulously attended to, both as to the regularity of the movements of the several boats and their interior economy than during this season. We understand that considerable improvements in the speed of the Great Britain and also of the Alciope are in preparation, and that the winter season will be devoted to the completion of such plans as will render these fine vessels in every respect equal to any in the Mother Country or the United States.

Western Steamboat - The brothers John and Robert Hamilton are among the most eminent steamboat owners on this continent, and have done more probably to introduce steam navigation on the Western lakes, and to advance commercial enterprise in the wide region bordering upon those inland seas, than any gentlemen within our knowledge. The Honourable John Hamilton who resides in Prescott, Upper Canada, owns the Great Britain, on the Lake Ontario, which in point of beauty, power and convenience, has no rival on the waters of the United States, and one or two other boats. Robert Hamilton, Esq. of Queenston, is the owner of the Alciope on the same lake, and has matured the plan of a steamer to run on the British side of the Lake Erie, which vast territory has hitherto remained unvisited by the directors of steam in that quarter. This new boat is to be 220 tons, to draw 5 feet water when light, and seven when loaded, and to be propelled for the present, by the Engine of the Alciope, which is of 60 horse power. She is intended to ply between Chippewa and Sandwich, and Detroit once a week, touching at Dover, Port Stanley, Amherstburg and other ports on the north side of the Lake. It is to be finished early this spring, so that tourists during the whole of the next travelling season, may have an opportunity of examining the country on both shores of the Lake Erie, by taking the British boat in one direction, and the American in the other. [Boston Traveller]

p.3 The fine Steam Boat William IV, Burthen 300 tons, now on the stocks at Gananoque, built by Mr. Jesse Wood of New York, will be launched on Saturday 29th inst., between the hours of 10 and 12 o'clock A.M.

Died - At Prescott, on the 19th inst. Capt. Alexander McDonell, aged 48.

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Kingston Chronicle (Kingston, ON), Oct. 22, 1831