The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Ontario (Steamboat), U155097, 1885

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Side wheel steamer ONTARIO. Of 245 tons. Built at Rochester in 1880 by Ault. Rebuilt in 1883. Owned by Barney. Home port, Clayton. Value $25,000. Class A 2. REMARKS. -- Formerly FLOWER CITY.
      Inland lloyds Vessel Register, 1885

Side wheel steamer ONTARIO. U. S. No. 155097. Of 444.83 tons gross; 245.11 tons net. Built Clayton, N.Y., 1884. Home port, Clayton, N.Y. 160.7 x 21.0 x 7.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885


      Capt. Thomas Collins Sr.
Captain Collins worked with Mr. Oades and became a master shipbuilder as he had been a master navigator. At one time he was Captain of the steamer "Northerner" on Lake Ontario-Ogdensburg route. In 1876 he superintended the building of the steamer "Island Belle" and in 1882 he rebuilt the side-wheeler "Flower City," a steamer which had partially burned here into the "Ontario". He was Captain of the "Island Belle" and of the "Ontario".
      Undated Clipping After 1892) when he died.
      From Richard Palmer, Syracuse.
Side wheel steamer FLOWER CITY. U. S. No. 120413. Of 217 tons. Built at Rochester in 1880 by Ault. Rebuilt after partial burning Aug. 6, 1881 as ONTARIO and renumbered as 155097.
      Herman Runge List

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Ontario (Steamboat), U155097, 1885