The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
The Novelty and the Compound Marine Engine in Central Canada
Publication:
The Northern Mariner / Le marin du nord (St. John's, NL), Oct 2009, p. 413-424


Description
Creator:
Lewis, Walter, Author
Media Type:
Text
Item Type:
Articles
Description:
The compound marine steam engine, although developed as early as the 1820s, did not see widespread use on the Great Lakes until the late 1860s. This article helps explain why, by analyzing archival resources on the steamer Novelty, which served most of her career between Kingston and the Bay of Quinté in the 1850s. She was the first steamer equipped with a compound engine to operate on the Canadian coasts of the Great Lakes and suffered a series of mechanical failures and other mishaps before her loss in a collision with another ship. Her innovative machinery seems to have gone well beyond the technical capacity of its crew and the Kingston Foundry, the company contracted to keep its machines in working order.
Date of Publication:
Oct 2009
Date Of Event:
1847-1858
Subject(s):
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.143611 Longitude: -77.255833
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.231388 Longitude: -76.473888
  • Quebec, Canada
    Latitude: 46.81228 Longitude: -71.21454
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Protected by copyright: Uses other than research or private study require the permission of the rights holder(s). Responsibility for obtaining permissions and for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Copyright Holder:
Canadian Nautical Research Society
Recommended Citation:
The Northern Mariner/le marin du nord, XIX No. 4, (October 2009), 413-424
Contact
Canadian Nautical Research Society
The Novelty and the Compound Marine Engine in Central Canada
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The Novelty and the Compound Marine Engine in Central Canada


The compound marine steam engine, although developed as early as the 1820s, did not see widespread use on the Great Lakes until the late 1860s. This article helps explain why, by analyzing archival resources on the steamer Novelty, which served most of her career between Kingston and the Bay of Quinté in the 1850s. She was the first steamer equipped with a compound engine to operate on the Canadian coasts of the Great Lakes and suffered a series of mechanical failures and other mishaps before her loss in a collision with another ship. Her innovative machinery seems to have gone well beyond the technical capacity of its crew and the Kingston Foundry, the company contracted to keep its machines in working order.