The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Porcupine (1840)


Year of Build:
1840
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Prescott, Ontario
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Propulsion:
Sidewheel
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Prescott, Ontario, Canada
How:
Burnt
History

Approx. 110x32. Owned by Macpherson & Crane, Montreal 1840, 1846; to Robertson Jones & Co. c1853; to Henderson & Holcomb, Montreal 1855. Engine 96" stroke, by Niagara Harbour & Dock Co. Used on St. Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers. "Canal size but unsuitable for the Rideau" (Kingston "Chronicle" 1840). Had "wheezy High Pressure engine". Rebuilt "stem to stern" as towboat 1852. "Short and compact, she can do the work of two ordinary tugs" (Ottawa "Citizen"). Destroyed by fire 28/05/55 near Prescott.

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Porcupine (1840)