The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Brockville Gazette (Brockville, ON), Nov. 12, 1846

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p.3 Launch - The iron steamer put together at the ship-yard of Messrs. Fowler & Hood was on Thursday last launched into its destined element, and proceeded the next day in tow of the Canada to Prescott, where we believe the chief part of her work will be executed.

The new steamer has been named the Passport, - not a very euphonious name, it will be freely admitted. We did fancy that this new iron steamer would have been named after her enterprising owner - or that she would have displayed the name of the new Governor-General from her flag-staff - or that some designation would have been selected having allusion to her character, as the Ironsides, Iron Duke, or something of that sort - indeed our imagination embraced a host of names for this beautiful creation of the iron-master's labor, but the Passport was not among them. However, let that pass.

The dimensions of the Passport we have already given. We may now speak of her model, and the promise which it gives. This we think to be the finest on our waters, combining elegance and speed with the substantial qualities as a seaboat. The hull in its present state draws 2 ft. 6 in. aft, and about 2 feet forward. The greatest draught will probably not exceed four feet. She is intended for the lake as well as river navigation, and will, we understand, be commanded by Capt. Bowen, now of the Canada. [Kingston News]

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Brockville Gazette (Brockville, ON), Nov. 12, 1846