The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), April 8, 1835

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p.2 A Steam-Ship Canal - to connect Lake Ontario with Hudson River, via Erie canal and a new canal to be constructed from Oswego to Utica. [Cleveland Whig]

In a visit which we paid the other day to the St. George steam-packet, we were pleased to see that they were fast arraying her in her new spring dress, so that in a short time she will move over the waters of our Harbour as graceful and beautiful as the barge of Cleopatra, when it glided down the Cydnus. - In plain English, however, the St. George is as fine a vessel as ever swam on the waters of Lake Ontario. Her cabins are spacious and handsome, and her whole accommodations are calculated to gratify that highest wish of an English traveller to feel "comfortable." This pleasure is enhanced and completed by the skilful superintendence and gentlemanly attention of Capt. Harper; for in the St. George, he is "all as one as a piece of the ship"; and notwithstanding the declaration of war against him last year by the good people of Port Hope, we believe they are inclined to bury the hatchet, and make peace with the gallant Captain and the St. George.

We wish for the St. George a prosperous season. She being a Kingston boat, and having hitherto been rather unfortunate, we hope she will meet from our merchants and others a liberal patronage - such a one as she deserves.

That other fine and swift vessel, the Commodore Barrie, which is, we believe, to run in connection with the St. George, and that old veteran, the Sir James Kempt, are preparing to commence their trips. The Britannia will soon be down from Niagara, to resume her former station, and the Kingston, now at Belleville, will soon be ready. Success to them all!

The schooner Byron, Capt. Hastings, laden with those fraternal articles, potatoes and salt, arrived at Ives' wharf this morning from Oswego - being the first arrival at our port for the season. A schooner also sailed out into the Lake today. The ice still stretches from the Town to Point Frederick, but cannot remain there much longer.



Lake and River Line.

The Subscriber has established a Line of Boats to ply between the City of New York and Oswego, expressly to secure a portion of the trade of Lake Ontario, and the river St. Lawrence, and as he hopes, of Lake Erie, by means of the Welland Canal. His Vessels towed by a Steam Boat to Albany, are intended to form a Daily Line - there will be no detention on the Hudson River, nor any transhipment, save at Oswego, where Messrs. Bronson & Crocker, and Messrs. Cole & Wright, are pledged to ship to any and every port and place upon the Lake and River at the usual charges - to one of these Houses it would be gratifying to the Subscriber if his customers would address their Goods. Myself and my two sons are well acquainted with the New York Market, and will purchase and forward to order, upon remittances, Tobacco, Coal, Tea, or any other commodity, at a very moderate Commission. CHARLES SMYTH.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), April 8, 1835