The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Sept. 7, 1839

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p.2 The Brockville left this yesterday, crowded with passengers, to be present at the launch of Mr. Hamilton's new boat, the Ontario - many were from Toronto. The success of this boat is a matter of the greatest consequence to this Province. If she answers the purpose she is intended for, of which there is every reasonable hope, the navigation of the St. Lawrence, with all its difficulties, will be complete, without the aid of any canal, and the Montreal market will be brought within the reach of our farmers, - when the prices answer their interest, they may leave Kingston in the evening of one day and be in Montreal the next, with a loaded waggon, and without any fatigue to their horses. The tonnage of the Ontario is so great as to give her ample accommodation for all the passengers that will travel this route for some years to come, and have room for a large quantity of goods, so that a merchant in Kingston may order goods from Montreal and on the fourth day after he has ordered them may have received them and have them ready for sale in Kingston.

The American steamer Great Western caught fire while lying at the wharf at Buffalo, and was entirely consumed.

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Rick Neilson
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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Sept. 7, 1839