The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), Jan. 5, 1848

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p.2 THE ONTARIO is the name of a new steamer recently built at French Creek for the American Mail line on the lake. The Oswego Times furnishes the annexed description of her:

"This vessel has been towed up from French Creek and now lies at the dock, foot of Seneca street, where she is receiving her finish. The Ontario is built for the Lake Ontario Steam and Canal Navigation Company, by E.G. Merrick & Co., under the special direction of Capt. H.N. Throop, late of the steamer Rochester, now deservedly promoted to the command of the Ontario. Capt. Throop drafted the model of the new steamer; and under the terms of the contract with the Messrs. Merrick, selected the material and directed the mode and manner of construction, the veteran and experienced ship builder, John Oades, acting as chief builder. She is of the best material and undoubtedly the most thorough and the strongest built boat that has ever appeared on the Lakes. Experienced and competent judges who have examined her say that in this respect she is superior to some of the Atlantic steamers. Her length of keel is 222 feet - deck from stem to stern post 233 feet, and over all 240 feet 7 inches. Her breadth of beam is 32 feet 2 inches, and over all 54 feet 6 inches, with 12 feet depth of hold. Her machinery and engine, constructed at the works of T.F. Secor & Co., N.Y., are on board, and have been so incorporated in her construction, with her two boilers below decks, as to leave her main deck a clear and unbroken space of 233 feet. She has a 50 inch cylinder and 11 feet stroke, with wrought iron shaft and cranks. By carpenter 's measurement she is 900 tons burthen, and will be superior in all respects to any vessel ever built on this lake, and for strength, elegance of model and finish, she will probably excel any steamer ever built on Lake Erie. Her running qualities of course remain to be tested.

The building of this steamer at an expenditure of $80,000 may be regarded as evidence of the success and prosperity of the company in the construction and running of the steamers Lady of the Lake and Rochester. Of this, we have still further evidence in the fact that this enterprising company have contracted for the construction of two more steamers to run in connection with the Oswego and Syracuse railroad cars, so as to form a link connecting with the Niagara Falls railroad at Lewiston, by which a large portion of the travel between the East and the West must be diverted through Oswego. The completion of the improvements now in progress will secure a decided preference for the Lake Ontario route, and when the Canadian road from Hamilton is done, the whole travel going to or coming from any point west of the State of Ohio."

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Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), Jan. 5, 1848