The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Nonsuch (1834)


Year of Build:
1834
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Ottawa, Ontario
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Propulsion:
Centrewheel
Final Disposition
How:
Abandoned
History

Approx. 110x30 Owned by Ottawa & Rideau Forwarding Co. Engine from "Shannon", to "Hunter". Used on Ottawa River, lower reach. Centre-wheel catamaran. An "immense wheel fixed in the centre of the vessel, or rather between two vessels, joined together at the stern". First arrival at Kingston (en route to Lachine) 28/06/34. "Owing to the imperfection of the engines and other obstructions incidental to a first voyage, she was three days making the passage between Bytown and Kingston. Her accommodations consist of a large cabin on deck and two small cabins below, one in each vessel: these not being finished we cannot describe". (both from Kingston "Whig"). "A perfect volcano" for fuel consumption. Last used 1837, put ashore and used as wharf and boarding house for employees.

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Nonsuch (1834)