The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), Sept. 10, 1839


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p.3 On Saturday a new Steam Boat, named the Ontario, was launched at Prescott. She belongs to the Hon. John Hamilton, and is intended to ply over the rapids of the St. Lawrence to the Cascades, within 30 miles of Montreal. The Ontario is built long and sharp, 204 feet keel, 27 feet beam. She will have 2 engines of 75 h.p. each, paddle wheel 26 feet diameter, with 12 feet stroke. The engines will be made at Niagara, to which place the boat will be towed to receive them. The Brockville took down on Friday evening a large party, some of them from Toronto, to view the launch. Many were also present from Brockville and Prescott. The whole party were supplied with lunch and wines in abundance by Mr. Hamilton. The Ontario glided safely into her adopted element, after a little hesitation in taking a cold bath. It is confidently expected that she will be able to accomplish her work, and if she does, it will be a vast improvement in the navigation of the St. Lawrence, rendering the unfinished canal an expensive waste weir.


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Date of Original:
Sept. 10, 1839
Local identifier:
KN.3389
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
Rick Neilson
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), Sept. 10, 1839