The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Herald (Kingston, ON), Feb. 3, 1846

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p.2 Iron Steamboats - The two Iron Steamboats building for Messrs. Egan and Aumond to ply on the Chaudiere and Chats Lakes respectively, are fast progressing. The hull of the one at Aylmer is nearly completed, and the deck work proceeding as fast as possible. She is 140 feet long; 20 feet breadth of beam, and 36 horsepower. The ice will be cut out to launch her, and she will be launched about the first of March. The other boat, intended to ply on the Chatts Lake is also fast progressing at the Chatts. She is 130 feet long; 20 feet beam; and 36 horse power also. Both boats will be ready to ply on their respective routes on the 20th of May next. They will be fitted up in the most superior and newest style; and should the American Tourist be attracted be attracted by the romantic scenery of the far north Ottawa, to visit it, he will find steamboat accommodation on our wild River unsurpassed for splendour by any steamboats on this continent. They will be constructed after the best running models; and it is calculated they will last 25 years.

Both boats are chartered by two young gentlemen of taste and enterprise. Mr. Parkyn of Montreal is the contractor for these vessels - and Wm. Miller is the engineer, superintending their construction. By taking a pleasure drive to Aylmer, gentlemen of the town, to whom an Iron Steamboat is a novelty, can gratify their curiosity. The route upon which these boats will be placed will be complete for travelling when the railroad Mr. Wright is constructing, on the north side of the Ottawa, in connection with his magnificent slide at the Chatts is finished.

[Bytown Packet]

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Rick Neilson
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Kingston Herald (Kingston, ON), Feb. 3, 1846