The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
John By (1831)

Year of Build:
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Kingston, Ontario
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Port Credit, Ontario, Canada

110x26x10 Owned by D. J. Smith, Kingston; to R. Drummond 1833. Built by R. Drummond, Kingston and launched 23/11/31. First engine by Bennett & Henderson, Montreal; removed 1832 and put in "St. George", replaced with new engine by Sheldon & Dutcher, York (Toronto), to "Oakville" later. Built for Rideau Canal but draft too great. Used Kingston-Prescott from September 1832, Toronto-Hamilton from August 1833. Boiler on the bows, engine at stern. (Sternwheel) 30 berths in gents' cabin, 16 in ladies'. "Fastest sailer on the river last Autumn" (Brockville "Recorder" 1833) "We learn she is a safe and good boat, but though novel in her construction, has little in appearance to recommend her." (Cobourg "Star") "The worst sailing and ill constructed boat built in Canada. The engine was high pressure and if a vessel was to be built for roasting passengers, the John By might have furnished useful hints". Blown ashore early October 1833 Port Credit. "Safe at Marigold's Point, 20 miles from York, and very little the worse. Her engine is out and it is supposed that she can be made in the Spring at a trifling cost as serviceable as ever". (York "Patriot")

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John By (1831)