The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Boston (1852)

Year of Build:
Official Number:
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Quebec, Quebec
Tonnage (gross):
Final Disposition
To Bermuda Register (Blockade Runner)

170x23x11 Owned by A. Burns, Quebec 1852; W. D. Dickinson, Prescott Ont. 1853; Brown & Malcolmson, Hamilton 1857; J. Meagher, Kingston 1859; J. S. Coleman, Dundas Ont. 1860; to Chaffey Bros., Brockville 1861. Built by J. Munn, Quebec and launched 07/05/52. First engine(s) 46x90 by Ward, Montreal; almost immediately replaced: 38x120 by Novelty Iron Works, St. Catharines. First operated on behalf of Ogdensburg & Boston Railroad, hence name. Usually ran on Lake Ontario. Proved unstable; false sides added 1855 at Kingston. Early engine change resulted from broken walking beam 06/10/52 off Whitby Ont., engine raced and destroyed itself. Stranded while running Galops Rapids 30/07/59, salvaged but laid up until September 1861 in dispute over ownership. To United States as Civil War blockade runner, left Montreal June 1863. Registry cert. says sold foreign 18/06/63, back to Can. Registry next day; all re "an action for salvage" at Buffalo. No other explanation.

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Boston (1852)