The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chief Justice Robinson (1842)


Year of Build:
1842
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Niagara, Ontario
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Propulsion:
Sidewheel
Dimensions
Tonnage (gross):
-315
Final Disposition
How:
Rebuilt Scow
History

167x23 approx. (also noted 147x20x11) Owned by H. Richardson 1845; to A. Heron 1847; W. M. Browne & Co. 1856. Built by Niagara Harbour & Dock Co. and launched 10/09/42. Lake Ontario passenger vessel. "Peculiar bow. Enormous cutwater like a double-furrowed plough, to cut through the ice in winter", i. e. specially strengthened bow to deal with floating ice in Niagara River. (Not an icebreaker in modern terms.) Tried to run all year. Ashore Long Branch in fog 06/02/55; pulled off a few days later by "Welland" and "Zimmerman" wintering nearby; had to be specially fired up to do so. Stuck by ice Toronto Bay most of February 1856. Illegally confiscated re alleged smuggling Lewiston, N.Y. 19/11/49; Capt. had to go to Washington personally to obtain withdrawal of charges, termed "frivolous". Last used 1856; converted to "a respectable scow" (Globe) by Shickluna, St. Catharines.

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Chief Justice Robinson (1842)