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  • “A Revolution in Travelling”: The Steamboat Letters of the Torrance family, 1831-1848
    Text  Fisher, Rob, The Northern Mariner / Le marin du nord (St. John's, NL), Oct 2011, 359-376     The Torrance family's correspondence in the collection of papers by Robert M. Powell and his family at Library and Archives Canada must be recognized for his discussion of the steamboats of the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes in the 1830s and 1840s. This recently discovered cache of letters ...
    Text  Fisher, Rob, The Northern Mariner / Le marin du nord (St. John's, NL), Oct 2011, 359-376   The Torrance family's correspondence in the collection of papers by Robert M. Powell and his family at Library and Archives Canada must be recognized for his discussion of the steamboats ...
  • The Frontenac: A Reappraisal
    WebsiteText       This article appears on the 'net essentially as it originally appeared in FreshWater, vol. 2, no. 1 (Summer 1987): 28-39. A few of the notes have been altered to reflect the change of name of the National Archives of Canada (NAC) from the Public Archives of Canada (PAC), and the ...
    WebsiteText     This article appears on the 'net essentially as it originally appeared in FreshWater, vol. 2, no. 1 (Summer 1987): 28-39. A few of the notes have been altered to reflect ...
  • Early Shipping Days on Lake Ontario Recalled
    TextNewspaper  Meagher, Frederick J., Syracuse Herald (Syracuse, NY), 2 Aug 1928     Early Shipping Days on Lake Ontario Recalled ____

    By Frederick J. Meagher

    With the harbor of Oswego filled with a fleet of many yachts, ranging from tiny Buccaneers to handsome schooner yachts and motor cruisers of every size, all gathered here for ...

    TextNewspaper  Meagher, Frederick J., Syracuse Herald (Syracuse, NY), 2 Aug 1928   Early Shipping Days on Lake Ontario Recalled ____

    By Frederick J. Meagher

    With the harbor of Oswego filled with a fleet of many yachts, ranging from tiny Buccaneers ...

  • The ONTARIO. 1817
    Imagecomment       The ONTARIO. 1817. The first steamboat on Lake Ontario despite Cumberland's assertions. From the original drawing by Captain James Van Cleve
    Imagecomment     The ONTARIO. 1817. The first steamboat on Lake Ontario despite Cumberland's assertions. From the original drawing by Captain James Van Cleve
  • Death of Captain John B. Estes of Charlotte
    NewspaperText       Death of Captain John B. Estes of Charlotte

    The recent death of Captain John B. Estes of Charlotte at the age of or more than 90 years has brought into review something of the remarkable career of this last sailor whose record was when there were in reality "Men before ...

    NewspaperText     Death of Captain John B. Estes of Charlotte

    The recent death of Captain John B. Estes of Charlotte at the age of or more than 90 years has brought into ...

  • Seventy Years a Sailor
    NewspaperText  Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), 21 Sep 1903     Seventy Years a Sailor The Remarkable Record of Captain J. Estes, of the St. Lawrence

    Captain J.B. Estes, the well known and popular first officer of the steamer St. Lawrence, at the age of eighty-five is still navigating the river. Captain Estes has been on the river for ...

    NewspaperText  Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), 21 Sep 1903   Seventy Years a Sailor The Remarkable Record of Captain J. Estes, of the St. Lawrence

    Captain J.B. Estes, the well known and popular first officer of the steamer St. Lawrence, ...

  • Navigation in Early Days
    NewspaperText  Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), 8 Feb 1902     Navigation In Early Days. First Propeller On The Lake Was Built In Oswego Sylvester Doolittle Sent Her To The West While The Buffalo Papers Jeered And Called Her The Oswego Humbug Gleaned From Musty Old Records

    The first steamboat to ply the waters of Lake Ontario was ...

    NewspaperText  Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), 8 Feb 1902   Navigation In Early Days. First Propeller On The Lake Was Built In Oswego Sylvester Doolittle Sent Her To The West While The Buffalo Papers Jeered And Called Her The Oswego ...
  • Side-wheel Steamer Ontario
    Image       "Side-wheel Steamer Ontario"
    Image     "Side-wheel Steamer Ontario"
  • Steamer Ontario
    Image       "Ontario"
    Image     "Ontario"
  • Remarkable Recollections
    NewspaperText       The CAROLINE was not built in Kingston, and not in 1832. The IROQUOIS routinely ran up as well as down the Gallops rapids before the BROCKVILLE...
    NewspaperText     The CAROLINE was not built in Kingston, and not in 1832. The IROQUOIS routinely ran up as well as down the Gallops rapids before the BROCKVILLE...
  • Ontario (Steamboat), U155097, 1885
    TextNewspaper       ex FLOWER CITY...
    TextNewspaper     ex FLOWER CITY...
  • Ontario (Steamboat), 11 Oct 1880
    TextNewspaper       history...
    TextNewspaper     history...
  • H. N. Throop
    Text       H.N. Throop was born at Pultneyville, November 10, 1807. (1). His parents, Samuel and Ruth Throop, were among the first settlers of the place, having removed from the town of Farmington, in the original county of Ontario, to the locality named Pultneyville, in the year 1806. Both parents were ...
    Text     H.N. Throop was born at Pultneyville, November 10, 1807. (1). His parents, Samuel and Ruth Throop, were among the first settlers of the place, having removed from the town of ...
  • Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Aug. 21, 1876
    TextNewspaper       What People Say

    Some more Centennial reminiscences from the west

    Milan, Ohio Aug. 18, 1876

    To the Editor of the Palladium

    Sir- The paper asked for is received, and wishing to express thanks for the favor, I embrace this occasion to add ...

    TextNewspaper     What People Say

    Some more Centennial reminiscences from the west

    Milan, Ohio Aug. 18, 1876

    To the Editor of the Palladium

    Sir- The paper asked for is received, and ...

  • Early Steamboating Reminiscences
    TextNewspaper  Van Cleve, James, Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), 4 Apr 1876     Early Steamboating Reminiscences From the Ontario, Martha Ogden and United States.

    By Captain James Van Cleve

    A day or two since Hon. Alvin Bronson received a large book containing as the fly leaf denotes:

    "Reminiscences of the Early Period of ...

    TextNewspaper  Van Cleve, James, Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), 4 Apr 1876   Early Steamboating Reminiscences From the Ontario, Martha Ogden and United States.

    By Captain James Van Cleve

    A day or two since Hon. Alvin Bronson received a large book ...

  • The Steamer "Ontario"
    Image       The Steamer "Ontario," Captain H. N. Throop, Pultneyville, N. Y.
    Image     The Steamer "Ontario," Captain H. N. Throop, Pultneyville, N. Y.
  • A Very Important Matter
    NewspaperText  Rochester Union & Advertiser (Rochester, NY), 17 Jun 1874     A VERY IMPORTANT MATTER SALE OF THE CANADIAN STEAM NAVIGATION COMPANY'S STEAMERS ATHENIAN AND ABYSSINIAN NO STEAMERS TO RUN ON THE COAST THIS SEASON THE EFFECT OF THE STOPPAGE

    Negotiations which have been on foot for some time for the sale of the Canadian Steam ...

    NewspaperText  Rochester Union & Advertiser (Rochester, NY), 17 Jun 1874   A VERY IMPORTANT MATTER SALE OF THE CANADIAN STEAM NAVIGATION COMPANY'S STEAMERS ATHENIAN AND ABYSSINIAN NO STEAMERS TO RUN ON THE COAST THIS SEASON THE EFFECT OF THE STOPPAGE

    Negotiations ...

  • Ontario (Steamboat), 7 May 1873
    TextNewspaper       lengthened...
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  • Ontario (Steamboat), 1873
    TextNewspaper       ex TRANSIT, CONSTITUTION...
    TextNewspaper     ex TRANSIT, CONSTITUTION...
  • Ontario (Steamboat), aground, 1 Jul 1863
    TextNewspaper       Reason: aground
    Lives: nil
    Hull damage: $100
    Cargo: $100
    Remarks: Got off
    ...
    TextNewspaper     Reason: aground
    Lives: nil
    Hull damage: $100
    Cargo: $100
    Remarks: Got off
    ...
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