The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), April 3, 1844

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We learn from good authority that Captain Richardson intends to place two of his well-appointed steamers on the route between Kingston and Niagara, touching at Oswego during the present season - and that the Chief Justice Robinson will be in Kingston on the 15th inst., to take her place on the line. It is quite evident that unless Capt. Richardson is heartily supported in this enterprize by the Merchants of this section of the country and the Canadian travelling public generally, he will be unable to compete for any length of time with the American steamboats plying on the same route. It is well known that for many years Capt. R. has confined himself to the navigation of the head of the Lake between Toronto and Lewiston, and that he has spared no expense in building and fitting up his steamers in the most substantial, commodious, and we may say elegant style for the accommodation and comfort of his passengers - and for his enterprize in this respect he has been till last year fairly left to reap the fruits of his praiseworthy exertions. Last season, however, the American steamers plying between Ogdensburgh and Lewiston, ran across the Lake and touched at Toronto on their way up and down, thus not only interfering with Capt. Richardson's route, but also with the Admiral and America two new steamers built by Mr. Bethune to ply between Toronto, Rochester, Cobourg, etc. And it will be in the recollection of most of our readers that the Custom House Officers at Rochester thought proper to seize both of these steamers on most frivolous grounds, for the purpose of driving them off the route and thereby preventing their interference with American enterprize. To these facts we may add another, and that is that a British steamboat plying between Kingston and Oswego never receives any support from our neighbors which they can conveniently retain for an American vessel. These are incontrovertible facts, and we conscientiously feel that we are actuated by no narrow selfishness in giving utterance to them. We do not complain of the conduct of our friends across the line. We merely exhort Canadians to follow their example. British boats are the property of British subjects - manned by British seamen - and why should they not be supported by the British Merchant, the British Traveller and the British Emigrant. The steamers on this side of the Lake are unquestionably better sea-boats, and in every way more commodious than the American vessels, and should be preferred even on these grounds, and we hope that in future they will be more liberally dealt with.

The route between Kingston and Queenston, via Oswego, by Richardson's steamers will be the most direct to New York, Boston, or the Falls of Niagara, Buffalo, etc., as they will not touch at any of the intermediate American ports. Our Merchants here should give their American Agents notice to forward their merchandize by Capt. R.'s steamers from Oswego, and the travelling community will soon find it to their interest and advantage to patronize them. The tourist may leave Kingston in the evening and visit the Falls of Niagara next day. There is a railroad from Queenston to the Falls and Chippewa from which Port the new and fast sailing steamboat Emerald (a notice of which see on our first page) plys daily to Buffalo, passing Navy Island and the picturesque scenery of the Niagara River. This route is decidedly preferable to that on the American side - where first comes a rough ride of 7 miles from Lewiston to the Falls - thence by railroad to Buffalo, which passes through a dismal, swampy, uncultivated country.


The Steam Boat


Will leave Kingston for Belleville every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings at 9 o'clock, and Belleville on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 8 o'clock.

N.B. Passage free for all Reverend Gentlemen of all Denominations.

The Prince Edward will start from Greer's Wharf.

Jacob Bonter, Captain.

Kingston, April 3rd, 1844.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), April 3, 1844