The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 30, 1854

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p.2 Another Iron Steamer - Passing by the Foundry of Messrs. Bartley & Dunbar, yesterday we observed that this enterprising firm are rapidly fitting together and rivetting the frame of a new iron steamer, destined for upper navigation. The external appearance of the vessel, presents a beautifully executed model, and the neatness with which several plates are united, forms a complete study, and is well worth a visit. By the courtesy of Mr. McAuslan, we were enabled to examin the shell, and to learn the particulars of size. The vessel is the property of the Hon. J. Hamilton, of Kingston, and was fitted up in Glasgow, at Messrs. James & George Thompson's, Clyde Bank Foundry, and was shipped to this city, to be revitted and fitted up. The Engines, boilers, and the other machinery, will be constructed by Messrs. Bartley & Dunbar, who expect to have her all completed by the early opening of next year's navigation. A large number of mechanics are at present engaged in preparing her works, and when finished, she will, no doubt, prove a credit to all engaged. The dimensions are well calculated for the size of the canals, and the light draught of water she will require, must render her a profitable boat for traffic. The length of keel is 180 feet; of beam 27 feet; and depth of hold 9 feet.

Iron vessels we learn are becoming more liked than they have been. Already we have the Passport, Iron Duke, Prince Albert, and the Magnet and Peerless on Lake Ontario. The Iron Duke and Prince Albert were built at our own St. Mary's Foundry, and have proved themselves safe and excellent sailers. We are informed that contracts with some of our Foundries are contemplated for a further development of iron, in connection with our inland navigation. [Montreal Transcript]

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 30, 1854