The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Peerless (1853)

Year of Build:
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Niagara, Ontario
Tonnage (gross):
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Cape Hatteras, U.S.A.

Later Registration: U.S.A. (1861)

175x26x11 (width over paddle boxes 45') Owned by Herron & Dick, Toronto 1853; to Bank of Upper Canada (bankruptcy seizure) 1858. Built by Niagara Harbour & Dock Co. and launched 06/01/53. Fabricated by Denny, Dumbarton Scotland. Unusual engines (2) by Tulloch & Denny, Dumbarton: "trunk engines", only fifth pair ever made (Toronto "North American"). "The engine is peculiar in its construction…. with the novel addition of oscillating piston rods…. The cranks are set on the shafts at right angles to each other and over the cylinders…. The stroke of the piston is comparatively short and the wheels are less in diameter than other boats of similar size, but speed is secured by the greater rapidity of the stroke…. The weight of the machinery is all below the main deck and she has no upper saloon" (Kingston "Whig"). She "has a narrow, racer look that is quite new in this region" (Hamilton "Spectator"). Built to make double daily trips Toronto-Queenston but gave up after trying for a month. Very extravagant on fuel: "She used to burn 15 tons of coal on a trip from Toronto to Lewiston made in less than three hours. No man can afford to own her and keep her in commission" (Rochester "Union" quoted in Hamilton "Times"). Sold to New York parties 1861, doubtless with relief. Sunk in Atlantic 14/11/61 "on the Port Royal Expedition"

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Peerless (1853)