The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Hercules (1865)


Year of Build:
1865
Official Number:
51540
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Levis, Quebec
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Propulsion:
Sidewheel
Dimensions
Tonnage (gross):
200
Final Disposition
How:
Broken Up
History

119x22x10 Owned by St. Lawrence Steamboat Co. 1867; F. Samson, Lévis 1871. Built by F. Samson "Quebec South" (Levis) 1865. Towboat below Montreal, known as "Hercules No. 1". Gunboat in "Fenian Troubles". Sent hastily into action 03/06/66 armored with sandbags and manned by 60 ratings from H.M.S. "Aurora" that happened to be at Quebec. Given one 12-pdr and 3 6-pdr. guns. Fully converted to gunboat at Montreal September 1866: timber screens fore and aft lined with iron; 5 guns. Last used 1883.

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Hercules (1865)