The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Examiner (Barrie, ON), April 21, 1841

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(copied from Whig by the Examiner, April 21, 1841)

p.3 The Steamer City of Toronto - This Splendid Steamer commanded by our enterprising fellow citizen, Captain Dick, arrived at Brown's wharf about 2 o'clock, P.M. on Wednesday last. A great number of the merchants and other inhabitants of the City, including several ladies, were in attendance on the occasion, to present Captain Dick with a set of colours, as a testimony of their regard. The colours were presented by Isaac Buchanan, Esq. M.P.P. who addressed Captain Dick in a most appropriate speech, in the course of which he paid a very high compliment to the Niagara Dock Company, by whom the vessels intended for the new line have been or will be built. After the colours had been presented, the company were invited to the cabin to partake of a collation which had been prepared for them. - A couple of hours were passed very agreeably and in the most perfect harmony, and the company then separated wishing the worthy Captain the utmost success that he can desire. The following description of the New Steamer we have taken from the "British Whig":-

"The new mail steamer the City of Toronto, to be commanded by Captain Dick, is so nearly finished that no doubt exists of her being ready by the 10th of April, although the contract does not commence until the 20th of that month. All the vessels to form this line are, or will be built by the Niagara Dock Company. They are the Niagara, City of Toronto, and Princess Royal. The last mentioned will be on the stocks in a day or two. Her materials are all ready, but some delay has been experienced in consequence of her timbers having been subjected to the Kyanizing process which is believed to possess highly preservative qualities. The Niagara was built here last year, and is a beautiful, speedy and strong vessel. No expense nor labour has been spared on the City of Toronto, she will be as splendid a specimen of naval architecture as almost any country can exhibit. She is the exact model of the Acadia, one of the Halifax mail steamers, and is ship rigged; her length is 168 feet, beam 24 feet depth of hold in the clear, 11 feet; she has two powerful engines of over a hundred horse power, her shafts and cranks are of wrought iron, and were imported from Glasgow, which in the manufacture of such articles is unrivalled. Her cabins will be fitted up with splendour and will possess every possible conveniency. Indeed every thing which skill or cash could accomplish towards rendering the City of Toronto safe, speedy and elegant, has been done, and we heartily wish her enterprising owners the success they merit. We have omitted in a proper place to mention that her figure head is an Indian Chief, with a tomahawk in one hand and a knife in the other, looking furious enough to frighten an army of "pale faces," and standing six feet three inches in his moccasins. It was carved in the river Clyde by an eminent artist.

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Examiner (Barrie, ON), April 21, 1841