The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Banshee (1855)

Year of Build:
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Portsmouth, Ontario
Tonnage (gross):
Final Disposition
Broken Up

First Rebuild: Propulsion: Sidewheel Dimensions: 174 x 25 -- -274 tons Rebuilt: in 1866

174x25x9 Owned by Bowen & Gildersleeve 1860 (operated by Canadian Lake & River Line); to Inland Navigation Co., Montreal 1861; to Canadian Inland Steam Navigation Co. 1865; to St. Lawrence Towboat Co. 1874. Sold to "Montreal gentlemen" May 1865, bought back again July (perhaps chartered) because both "Kingston" and "Spartan" out of service for an extended period. Built by G. N. Ault, Portsmouth Ont. and launched 01/12/54. Engine(s) 44x120 by Kingston Foundry, replaced by 40x132 by Ward Foundry, Montreal (date unknown). Lake Ontario mail steamer. Had 140-foot "upper saloon", carried 40 cabin passengers. Built light for speed but too weak; hull soon hogged. "Stiffened" by Kingston Marine Railway winter 1855-56; arches added 1858. Broke shaft in gale Lake Ontario 28/09/61, out for rest of season. Converted to towboat and moved to St. Lawrence below Montreal 1874.

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Banshee (1855)