The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), Dec. 27, 1832

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p.1 Head of the Lake Steamboat - This boat, which is building at Oakville by Mr. Chisholm, the contractor, is in a very forward state, and is to be launched by the 31st instant - the period stipulated in the contract for her completion. We hear she is a remarkably fine boat, of about 300 tons burthen, and with an engine of 80 horsepower. All her bilge timbers are made of turme( ); half of the top timbers are of red cedar; and the ( ) of the boat, of the best white oak and pine. The ( ) of the engine has already arrived, and the engine itself, which is making by Ward, is to be delivered immediately on the opening of navigation; very soon after the arrival of which the new boat will commence her regular trips. The public are already aware that this ( ) is intended to be a regular packet to ply between York, the head of the Lake, and the Niagara River, ( ) route which has been suggested is, to leave Queenston for Niagara every morning; for Port Hamilton or Dundas, from thence to York, and across the Lake to Niagara the same evening; and we understand the boat is expected to be quite competent to the performance of this task. Should this be the fact, we predict, as we have predicted from the time this boat was first spoken of, that she will be at once the most useful to the public, and the most profitable to the stockholders, of any of the boats on this Lake. We do not learn that any name for this steamer has, as yet, been determined upon. - We hear that the Hon. J.H. Dunn is one of the largest stockholders, and one of the most liberal patrons of this undertaking, as he is of every other public improvement in the country; would it not therefore be a very proper measure in itself, as well as a justly complimentary one to that public spirited gentleman, to name this boat "The John Henry Dunn" or "The Receiver General" - we think it would, and we think the public at large would view it in the same light. [York Courier]

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Rick Neilson
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Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), Dec. 27, 1832