The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Rapid (1834)


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

177x31x? Owners uncertain. Built by Sandford, Prescott and launched 12/06/34. Engines (2) by Norton & Hulbert, Prescott. Catamaran consisting of 2 oval wooden tubes, flattish on bottom, 177'x5'x9' with inside iron hoops every 8 feet. Deck to make overall 37' width. Had single wheel 25' diameter on shaft 8' above deck, 65' from stern. Two boilers forward of wheel with engines outboard of them. Cabin 55'x22' aft of wheel, with 32 berths. Expected to be powerful enough to ascend the St. Lawrence rapids, eliminating some or all of the portages. However "there is a sad failure in the degree of speed with which she was expected to travel" (Kingston "Chronicle") and she was used between Prescott and Bay of Quinte for about two months, then withdrawn. (See Kingston "Whig" 22/07/34, "Chronicle" 02/08/34). This was a smaller version of "Burden's patent" vessel "Helen" built at Troy, New York. 1833.

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Rapid (1834)