The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Brothers (1839)


Year of Build:
1839
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Chatham, Ontario
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Propulsion:
Sidewheel
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Lower Thames River, Ontario, Canada
How:
Wrecked
History

Dimensions unknown. Built by McGregor, Chatham Ont. and launched spring 1839. Used Chatham-Amherstburg at first, then towboat; occasionally Windsor ferry. Not the best steamboat: "We saw her forcing her way through the "subtle element" and from the moderate rate of speed exhibited we calculated that her engine is not of sufficient power or at all adapted to her size and build" (1839). "Never in my life have I suffered more severely from the jolting, tossing, rolling and heaving…. every nail In the boat seemed to quake in the straining timbers during the six hours thus wretchedly spent crossing the Lake St. Clair…. cellar-like cabin as damp, cold and cheerless a hole as ever I was pent up in. " (1842). "Completely refitted" winter 1843-44. Wrecked 04/05/56 at mouth of Thames River.

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Brothers (1839)