The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
America (1854)

Year of Build:
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Niagara, Ontario
Tonnage (gross):
Final Disposition
Final Location:
San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

Later Registration: U.S.A. (1859)

279x36x14 (width over paddle boxes 71') Owned by Great Western Railway. Built by L. Shickluna, Niagara Ont. and launched 15/06/54. Much completion work done at Hamilton winter 1854-55. Maiden voyage 26/06/55. Engines (2) 70x144 by West Point Foundry, New York. Lake Ontario passenger service. Disastrously uneconomic, laid up after 1856 season. Sank at dock 12/04/58, raised. Ran St. Lawrence rapids 10/6/58, again laid up Montreal. Sold to United States owners and departed Montreal 04/09/58. Renamed "Coatzacoalcos". Washington "Star" reported mid-1861 "The experimental trip of Mr. M. O. Roberts' fine steamer, the Coatzacoalcos, from this city was a complete success. The question to be solved was whether she could carry her large gun…. It is a rifled 84-pounder weighing more than ten thousand pounds…." (quoted in "Globe"). Destroyed by fire 11/04/69 San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua.

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America (1854)