The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Cobourg (1833)

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

150x25x11 approx. (width over paddle boxes 36') Owned by Cobourg Steamboat Co., usually chartered by others. Built by Wm. Hathaway & C. McIntosh, Cobourg Ont. and launched 03/06/33. Engines (2) by Sheldon & Dutcher (York Foundry), Toronto. Lake Ontario mail steamer. Was to have been launched 30/05/33, stuck on ways until 03/06. Engine was first large unit built by new company (bid too low and lost substantially). Very much trouble at first; engine rebuilt 1836. First voyage (Toronto-Niagara) not until 07/11/33; cabins still incomplete. 40 berths in 70' gents' cabin; 16 in 36' ladies' cabin, also "forward cabin" with 20 berths. Unstable as built; false sides added 1835 Toronto. Armed steamer at Battle of Windmill Point 12/11/38. Local Cobourg promotion but most shares held in Toronto. Two factions battled for control early 1834 and Toronto won. Used mostly as towboat after 1841. Blown from moorings in gale 25/10/44 Niagara, beached opposite shore; probably not used afterwards.

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Cobourg (1833)