The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), June 25, 1840

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p.3 We yesterday paid a visit to the Porcupine, a new steamer intended to ply on the Rideau Canal and owned by Messrs. M'Pherson & Crane, of Kingston. She is of 45 horse power, 4 1/2 draught, was built at Prescott, and took in her engines at the Foundry of the Dock Company at Niagara. We are told she gave the Queen Victoria a good sweating between Niagara and Toronto, beating her nearly half an hour. She is lying at Browne's Wharf, at the berth formerly occupied by the steamboat Cobourg. [Toronto Star]

June 30, 1840

p.2 The new steamboat Porcupine, commanded by Capt. Drummond, arrived here on Friday last, after a very boisterous passage from Niagara, of 3 hours and 40 minutes, beating the steamer Queen Victoria by 18 minutes and a half. The Porcupine is a powerful boat, intended by the proprietors, Messrs. Macpherson, Crane & Co. for the Rideau Canal. Her length, over all, is one hundred and ten feet, breadth, 31 feet 6 inches; diameter of paddle-wheels twenty feet six inches. Her engine, which is of forty-five horse-power, was manufactured by the Niagara Harbor & Dock Company, and does her engineer, Mr. Lowe, much credit. [Toronto Colonist]

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Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), June 25, 1840