River Palace: The Many Lives of the Kingston
by Lewis, Walter & Rick Neilson
Steamboats carrying passengers from Hamilton to Montreal via the rapids of the St. Lawrence were a popular sight in the latter half of the nineteenth century. In 1855, the “Kingston”, an iron steamboat built for John Hamilton, appeared in the Great Lakes. It was a floating palace for the Prince of Wales in 1860. The “Kingston” was wrecked many times and survivied fires in 1872 and 1873. She was also a salvage vessel. In 1930 she was taken out of service and sunk near Kingston. In 1989 diver Rick Neilson discovered her, and she is now a popular dive site and tourist attraction.