The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Free Trader (1848)


Year of Build:
1848
Official Number:
33464
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Montreal, Quebec
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Propulsion:
Sidewheel
Dimensions
Tonnage (gross):
134
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
How:
Burnt
History

136x24x10 Owned by various ever-changing partnerships. Built by A. Cantin, Montreal and launched 08/05/48. Used widely; Montreal-Upper Lakes, also to Quebec and Gulf. Pollywog (engines as far aft as possible for maximum cargo space). "She is of considerable length and having her paddles close aft, when under way has much the appearance of a propeller; the narrowness of her beam fitting her for canal navigation. The hurricane deck is from stem to stern and elevated some seven feet above the main deck, which we think should render her a very desirable conveyance for immigrants." (Quebec "Chronicle" on first sight of a pollywog 19/07/48). Destroyed by fire 26/10/57 Port Stanley.

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Free Trader (1848)