The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), April 13, 1844

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p.3 On Thursday last Messrs. Fowler and Hood, lessees of the Kingston Railway, launched the schooner which was wrecked last fall near Morton's Distillery. This vessel has been almost entirely rebuilt, and is a very pretty craft. Messrs. Fowler and Hood have named it Helen Mar.

Messrs. Macpherson and Crane launched their new steamer on Thursday at Portsmouth, which we noticed in our last. The Caledonia (the name given) glided off the stocks in beautiful style.

We understand that the few remarks which we recently published relative to the motives which it appeared to us had dictated the seizure of the America and Admiral steamers at Rochester, have given offence to some of the American steam-boat Proprietors. We can assure the gentlemen who feel more particularly aggrieved, that our observations had no reference to them - on the contrary we learn that they exerted themselves to have the restrictions placed upon these steamers removed. It was to the officers of Customs at Rochester to whom we alluded, and it appears by the following extract from the Rochester Democrat that our suspicions were well founded:-

Release of the Steamer America - Letters, we learn, were received in this city, yesterday, from Joshua A. Spencer, United States District Attorney, stating that orders had been received from the Government to release the Canadian Steamboat America, which, it will be recollected, was seized by the collector of the port last Fall on a charge of smuggling, and was ordered for trial in the U.S. Court, in May next. The Government, it seems, after an examination of the case, does not deem it necessary to pursue the prosecution any further. This prompt release is a sufficient comment upon the course of the Revenue officers, and justifies the opinion held by a large portion of the community, that the grounds of the seizure were frivolous and vexatious. If Government were to act in accordance with the wishes of ninety-nine hundredths of the community, it would immediately send adrift all the revenue officers engaged in this transaction. They have shown themselves clearly incompetent to perform the duties pertaining to our intercourse with Canada. [Rochester Democrat]

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), April 13, 1844