The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Royal William (1831)

Year of Build:
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Quebec, Quebec

Later Registration: U.K. (1833)

160x28x18 (width over paddle boxes 44') Owned by Quebec & Halifax Steam Navigation Co. Built by Black & Campbell, Wolfe's Cove, Quebec and launched 27/04/31. Engine 51x60 by Bennett & Henderson, Montreal. Lengths given by Montreal "Gazette" at launch: 146' keel, 162' deck, 176' "head-taffrail". Maiden voyage left Quebec 24/08/31, arrived Halifax 31/08/31. Voyages severely handicapped by cholera quarantine detentions; last one took 52 days August-September 1832. This ended the service; vessel seized by sheriff and sold 03/04/33 to mortgagor W. Stevenson. Used intermittently around Quebec until departure for England via Boston early June 1833. "She has a large dining room in the upper deck and the sleeping cabins are below. There are accommodations for 50 or 60 cabin passengers, but her exterior is not so prepossessing…. being painted a dismal black throughout" (Boston "Sentinel" June 1833). First vessel to cross Atlantic entirely under steam power.

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Royal William (1831)