The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Spectator (Kingston, ON), April 13, 1837

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p.2 The Sir Robert Peel - We have had much satisfaction, in examining the beautiful Steam Boat, Sir Robert Peel, now being built at the ship yard in this Town. She is expected to be in full operation on the first of June, of which, from present appearance, there can be little doubt. The cabins are nearly fitted up, and Messrs. Ward & Co. of Montreal, are erecting and setting up the Engine. The shafts and cranks (made of malleable iron) will be shipped from Glasgow, in the first vessel which sails this spring, and nothing but the nonarrival, will delay the completion of the Engines by the time mentioned.

The Sir Robert is 155 feet in length, and 20 feet beam, with a promenade, extending about two thirds the length of the Boat, and a Ladies' cabin on deck. The dining cabin is 68 feet in length, and the forward cabin 30 feet; the whole is fitted up in a superior style. From the power of the Engines, being horizontal cylinders, 32 inches in diameter, and 10 feet stroke, and the model of the Boat, upon the plan of the North River and Sound Boats; she is expected to be faster than any other, in the Northern Waters.

This boat is building by the proprietors, to ply between Prescott and Coteau du Lac; upon the completion of the Long Sault canal, in the mean time, it is expected, that she will be employed by the St. Lawrence Forwarders in towing the freight boats, from the head of the Long Sault to Prescott. Should she not be thus engaged, she will run upon the Lake, either from Prescott to Niagara, or from Prescott to Oswego, or from Oswego to Hamilton, until the completion of the Canal, which is not expected until the close of the season of 1838.

The Sir Robert will carry no freight but is admirably adapted for passengers, having about 75 standing berths, with a dining cabin, as before stated, of 68 feet in length. She does great credit to her builder, Mr. William Parkins of this Town. Should the anticipated arrangement be made with the forwarders, to tow from the Long Sault to Prescott, and improvements made for hauling from the Cascades to the Coteau, boats may be brought from Lachine to Prescott in three days, and need never be more than 5 days between those places.

A barge leaving Lachine at 4 o'clock in the morning, towed by the Broughham, will arrive at the Neptune's wharf at the Coteau in time to be taken in tow by her the same evening, and will reach Cornwall the next morning. She then has the whole day to reach the head of the Long Sault and being taken in tow by the Sir Robert Peel the next morning, will arrive at Prescott the same day. [Brockville Statesman]

p.3 The Weather - ....Our harbor is still bound up with ice and the river quite across to Long Island, 3 1/2 miles, is now choked up with it. A few days ago the channel was quite clear to the upper gap of Lake Ontario. On Tuesday morning, the channel, which was open the day before, was closed with new ice clear across, a circumstance very singular, considering the slight frost during the night. The persons with the American mail had to break new ice for nearly three miles. The steamer William IV came up on Monday night to a wharf outside the Town, and left for the upper part of the Lake next day.

Some of the steam boat people have been speculating on the chance of getting out of the harbor. The Skipper of the Great Britain had a wager that he would get out last Monday. The boat is at one of the outside wharfs, not 300 yards from open water; an attempt was made to cut the ice and make her a passage, but the labor was too expensive to be continued.

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Kingston Spectator (Kingston, ON), April 13, 1837