The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Chronicle (Kingston, ON), June 16, 1832

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p.2 Rideau Canal Tolls - still not reduced as expected.

The inhabitants of the town of Kingston have recently been exposed to very considerable inconvenience by the capricious arrival of the steam-boats, & the indifference with which the interests of the place are viewed by the proprietors of those boats which are exclusively employed in the conveyance of emigrants from Prescott. They appear to have no regulated period for arrival, and when circumstances require the accommodation of parcels to be forwarded, the arrangements are so defective on board as to prohibit the possibility of access to the captains or agents. To obviate this difficulty, and to furnish Kingston with a Steam vessel exclusively for her own benefit, we rejoice to find that it is in contemplation immediately to build a boat of 200 horse power, to ply upon Lake Ontario; and one which being shared by the inhabitants of this town, will be available for all the purposes of trade and travelling which her flourishing and prosperous condition imperitively demands. The vast improvements in buildings, and the mercantile distinction of the town, are obtaining preponderance sufficient to awaken the jealousy of other ports; while the immediate opening of the Rideau will place her in a state of uniform prosperity which we trust cannot be defeated by the opposition of our self-interested neighbours. We shall revert to this subject again, and in the meantime consider that the contemplated project of having a boat in the immediate and exclusive interests of the town of Kingston cannot be too warmly supported.

p.3 The Sir James Kempt left here this morning with the Emigrants she conveyed on Thursday for York and the head of the Lake.

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Rick Neilson
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Kingston Chronicle (Kingston, ON), June 16, 1832