The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), Jan. 14, 1841

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p.3 The City of Toronto - Yesterday the new steamer belonging to Messrs. Heron and Dick was launched from the yard of the Niagara Dock Company in gallant style, and was christened "The City of Toronto." The new vessel is about seven feet longer than the Traveller, and will be propelled by two very superior engines of forty-five horse power each. She will be furnished with wrought iron shafts and crank. Her machinery is all ready, and will be put into her forthwith. [Niagara Chronicle]

Montreal Gazette, Jan. 23, 1841

p.1 The first of the new line of Royal Mail Steamers, for Lake Ontario, was launched from the Niagara Dock, on the 31st of December last, in beautiful style. She has been named "The City of Toronto, and is to be commanded by Captain Dick, so well known to the public, as Master of the Steamer Gore. The Steamer City of Toronto is owned by Messrs. Dick & Heron. She is as nearly as possible a model of trans-atlantic steamers, - no expense has been spared to render her a superior sea boat; and she will commence running early in the spring, between Toronto and Kingston. Her extreme length is 168 feet, beam 24 feet - and she will be propelled by two powerful engines. A mate to the City of Toronto is, we are informed, now on the stocks, for Mr. Bethune, of Cobourg. She is to be named The Princess Royal. The Lake Ontario Mail Line will be - The Niagara, Captain Sutherland; The City of Toronto, Captain Dick; and The Princess Royal, Captain Colcleugh. The name of The City of Toronto, given to the new Steamboat, cannot fail to operate in her favour, as she is the first boat on the Lake bearing the name of this rising city. [Toronto Colonist]

Montreal Gazette, Jan. 30, 1841

p.3 We understand that the Hon. John Hamilton has joined Mr. Bethune in the contract with Government for conveying the mail by steam between Toronto and Dickenson's Landing. The new steamer building here by the Dock Company for Mr. Bethune, is to form one of the line, and will be appropriately christened the Princess Royal. [Niagara Chronicle]

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Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), Jan. 14, 1841