The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Western (Steamboat), 1839

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The Steamboat CYNTHIA. - Which was burnt last autumn between this and Amherstburgh, part of whose hull and engine was saved from the devouring elements, last week made her appearance in our waters, having come from Chatham, entirely renovated, resucitated, altered, amended, improved, revised and corrected, under a cognomon already become quite common, viz: the "WESTERN." As to her powers of progression &c. We can say nothing, until we have an opportunity of judging by personal experience, which we hope will not be "long deferred," but we will say that the (little) WESTERN looks about as neat and sleek as any animal of the kind owned on this side of the river. Badinage aside - we hope the WESTERN will meet with that support and encouragement from the inhabitants of Chatham and other places along shore, as will drive the Yankee boat or boats now plying in our waters, to seek support from their own enterprising citizens.
The WESTERN is commanded by Captain Thomas McCrae, and will run during the season in connection with the Niagara, Hamilton and London line of stages, through three times a week from Amherstburg, Windsor and Detroit to Queenston, the time of departure will be as follows:
Leaves Chatham, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, at 8 o'clock, A. M.; Returning, --
Leaves Amherstburgh, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, at 6 o'clock, A. M., touching at Windsor each way.
      Western Herald
      Thursday, June 13, 1839
WESTERN Steamer, built Chatham, C.W. 1832. Rebuilt from Schooner ROB ROY. As the WESTERN she was burned at Detroit April 27, 1842
      Prelm. List of Canadian Steamships
      [Inland and Coastal] 1809 to 1930

      "Then Daniel Lizars got together all his capital, and with his mother, wife and seven children, set sail in the SCIENCE, and after a six weeks' journey landed in New York. From that place they reached Detroit by Canal and Lake boats. The father chartered a two masted Schooner called the ROB ROY, captained by A.M. McGregor, her owner; put all his goods and family on board and made for Goderich, where his brother and sister were already settled. Midway between there and Sarnia a terrible storm came up and Mr. McGregor, incapacitated by an attack of ague, had to leave the direction of the vessel in Mr. Lizars' unaccustomed hands. The latter managed to guide it through the night and storm, but morning saw them wrecked on the 'bar', they and the boats contents all soaked. It was a Sunday morning in the month of October, 1833, and a service was being held by the Rev. Mr. Horne in the building which was used to serve as school room and church. In the middle of his service he paused and said Let us pray for the safety of a family wrecked on the "bar "
      The effect upon the small congregation was much the same as when now a close fire alarm disturbs the worship. When the name was asked for and given, Mrs. Armstrong cried out: "My God! it is my brother !" She ran down to the harbour, Mrs. Gooding with her, and there found "Dr. Hamilton, Bob Gibbons, and young Murray McGregor," all going out to help them.

(the 'bar' being at the mouth of the Maitland River, Goderich)
      In The Days Of The Canada Company
      Robina & Kathleen Macfarlane Lizars pp.225
NOTE:-- Although the above seems contridictary, could it be that the ROB ROY was rebuilt into the CYNTHIA and then the WESTERN ?

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Western (Steamboat), 1839