The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), Oct. 30, 1832

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p.2 The Iroquois - In justice to the enterprising proprietors and the public, we feel it our duty again to notice the progress of this boat. Steam navigation, through this route, we are informed, was first projected by the late H. Dickenson, Esquire, who did not live to see his magnificent scheme accomplished, but which has since been brought into successful operation by the surviving members in the firm. The engines of the Iroquois (two in number) are high pressure, and of twenty-five horse power each; and so constructed as to carry off the exhaust steam without that disagreeable puffing so frequently witnessed on board other boats propelled by high pressure engines. They were manufactured by Messrs. Tuller & Copeland, Hartford, Conn. (who have heretofore put into operation several engines on the Connecticut River,) and put up under the immediate direction of Mr. Copeland; and with such ease do they perform their labor that, we are informed by several who have taken trips in her, scarcely the smallest jar is perceptible; and no failure has yet occurred in any part of her machinery. She has already made several successful trips, and in every respect answers the most sanguine expectations of her proprietors. A short time since she made her progress with ease through the rapids below, against a strong head wind, and entered our harbor, contrary to the expectations of her owners, under the circumstances, at the usual hour, with upwards of one hundred passengers, fifty-one of whom were cabin passengers, besides several tons of luggage. Emigrants have already found an accommodation on board of her, on their way up the river, which they have not heretofore experienced, an apartment being allotted for their accommodation, free from exposure to the weather. One of the proprietors, either A. or J.S. Bigelow, will be constantly on board, together with Mr. Jeremiah Baldwin, an experienced seaman, sailing master; an engineer well skilled in his duty, and a crew noted for their civility and sobriety; as well, from the Captain to the cook, wholly abstain from the use of spirituous or fermented liquors. In short, it is an admitted fact, and by those who are qualified to know, that she has already accomplished more, in her easy ascent of rapids, than was ever before accomplished either in Europe or America, or even in the world. In view of the above observations, we find a practical argument adduced in favor of the improvement of the St. Lawrence, which, it is to be hoped, will have its due weight and influence on the proceedings of our Provincial Legislature, at its approaching session, and, in fact, may we not, with some degree of confidence, without further entering into the propriety of the measure, expect that this important subject will early engage the attention of members. The travelling public already begin to experience the advantages, in their own comfort, derived from this enterprise and will, no doubt, amply reward the spirited and praise-worthy undertaking. [Prescott Gazette]

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Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), Oct. 30, 1832