The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Minissitunk (1831)


Year of Build:
1831
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Goderich, Ontario
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Propulsion:
Sidewheel
History

Dimensions unknown. Owned by Canada Company. Built of hand-sawn lumber to carry settlers to Company's lands around Goderich. It is often stated that this vessel was never placed in service, but this is incorrect: advertisements running summer 1831 in several papers (including Kingston "Chronicle") state "a vessel belonging to the Canada Company" runs Sarnia-Goderich. Similar ads in 1832 do not mention steamboat but refer to a stage service Hamilton-Guelph-Goderich. "Steamboat which was about to be built [at Goderich] when Mr. Galt was recalled is again set on foot and they are now getting out and hauling the timber." ("Canadian Courant" late 1829). Various spellings of name, including "Menissitunk" and "Minnesetung"; one used here appears in Canada Company advertisements. "Minnesetung" is standardized spelling adopted by Geographical Names Board (Ottawa) about 1902.

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Minissitunk (1831)