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Laura E. Calvin (Bark), 1863

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Commerce1 (1843) * Eclipse1 (1843) (schooner barge 1852) * Laura E. Calvin (1863) (1869)

When the navigation opened in 1843 there was yet another new steamer known first as the Commerce, afterwards as the Eclipse, Captain James Sutherland. Her route was Hamilton and Toronto.…. The reason the Eclipse received that name rather than Commerce was on account of the fact that on her trial trip from Hamilton to Toronto she accomplished the distance in less time than the [Oswego steamer] Lady of the Lake, then looked upon as the swiftest vessel. Her name was thereupon changed to Eclipse, she having 'eclipsed' anything then on the lake.
      John Ross Robertson, Landmarks of Toronto, v. 2, p. 878)

"The Eclipse [runs] from Toronto to Hamilton."
      "Steamboats on Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence"
      Kingston Chronicle & Gazette
      Nov. 22, 1843
* "Eclipse. 3-Masted schooner. 300 tons. Built: Niagara 1844. Rebuilt Garden Island 1852. Owners: Cook, Calvin and Co. Master: Jones. Out of Kingston. Classification: A1, A1. Value: 900. Remarks: Eclipse steamer .
      Register of British Shipping, Inland Waters , Toronto, 1854

* "Bark Laura E. Calvin. [C] Of 311 tons. Built 1838 [sic - 1843] at Niagara by James Ewing. Owned by Calvin & Breck. Home port, Garden Island. Value $14,000 Class A 2. Remarks. -- Bottom of steamer Eclipse; rebuilt in 1863.
      Board of Lake Underwriters Lake Vessel Register, 1863)

      Bark LAURA E. CALVIN. [C] Of 311 tons. Built 1863 at Garden Island by H. Roney. Owned by Calvin & Breck. Home port, Garden Island. Value $12,000. Class Æ. REMARKS. -- Built on bottom of steamer ECLIPSE.
      Register of the Ships on the Lakes
      and River St. Lawrence, 1864
Vessel Name (1) : LAURA E. CALVIN
Place Registered (1) : KINGSTON[657]
Date Registered (1) : 1863/04/03
Builder's Name : HENRY RONEY[24]
Location Built : GARDEN ISLAND[70]
Date Built : 1863
Length : 130.40
Beam : 20.70
Depth: 9.40
Tonnage : 216.93
Number of Decks : ONE
Type of Build : CARVEL[4144]
Type of Stern : SQUARE[1947]
Gallery : NO
Figure : NO
Number of Masts : THREE
Rigging : SCHOONER[831]
Source of Data : N.A.C., RG-42, C-1211, VOL. 206
NOTE:-[ Correction and additions courtesy Lachlan MacRae}

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Laura E. Calvin (Bark), 1863