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Abyssinian (Steamboat), C51694, 1867

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Paddle wheel steamer ABYSSINIAN.* Canadian Official No. 51694. Of 1064 tons gross. Built at Clayton, N.Y. in 1847. Ex U.S. ONTARIO until 1867. 230 x 32 x 11 DISPOSITION. -- Wrecked at Sorel, Que., Nov. 13, 1883.
      * Formerly paddle wheel steamer ONTARIO
      Provisional List of Canadian Steamships
      [Inland & Coastal] 1809 to 1930

      STEAMER ONTARIO. - This new boat, for Lake Ontario, has cost $80,000 and is now at the dock at Oswego receiving her finish. She is 900 tons burden, very handsome, and her machinery and engine are from the works of Messrs. Secor of New York. - Roch. Gazette.
      Buffalo Republic
      Wednesday, December 22, 1847
      The old ONTARIO - A writer in the Utica 'Herald' says the steamer ONTARIO, which formerly ran on Lake Ontario, and the river St. Lawrence between Lewiston and Ogdensburg, is again to he restored to her nature element and route.
The keel of the ONTARIO was laid early in the summer of 1947, at French Creek, (now Clayton) and she was so far completed that she was towed to Oswego by the Steamer ROCHESTER, Capt. H.N. Throop the same year near the close of November, at great risk and danger, The ONTARIO was fully completed and took the place of the ROCHESTER on the line about the 1st of August 1848. After the retirement of Captain Throop she was commanded by Capt. J.B. Estes for over 18 years. She finally was sold to the Canadian Steamboat Company which ran her down through the rapids to Montreal. The large and growing increase of summer travel on the lake and river renders it necessary to increase the line by additional steamers, and now the ONTARIO is to be divided into two halves, and the parts brought to Ogdensburg and there again joined. We have lost track of Captain J.B. Estes, and we believe that if he is still afloat, it would be in the interest of the Montreal and Richelieu Company to again place him in command.
      Kingston Whig-Standard
      Monday, October 11, 1880
First Registration
Name: [ ABYSSINIAN ] Location: [MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA ] Registriation: [ 5/1868 ] Date Registered: [ 1868/06/20 ] Official Number: [ 51694 ]
Original Building Information
Built By: [ JOHN CODES OF DETROIT ] Built At: [ CLAYTON, N.Y., U.S.A. ] Date Built: [ 1847 ] Length: [ 230.20 ] Beam: [ 32.20 ] Depth: [ 11.20 ] Gross: [ 1064.65 ] Net: [ 726.13 ]
Vessel Description
Deck: [ ONE + PROMENADE ] Type: [ CARVEL ] Stern: [SQUARE ] Gallery: [NONE ] Stem: [ SCROLL ] Frame: [ WOOD ] Propulsion: [ STEAM PADDLE WHEELS ] Number of Masts: [ ONE ] Type of Rig: [ NOT RIGGED ]
First Engine
Number of Engines: [ONE ] Horsepower: [ 350.00 ] Unit Horsepower: [COMBINED ]
Closing Information
Date Registration Closed: [ 1884/08/18 ] Reason Closed: [ILLEGIBLE LOST ] Remark: [FOREIGN NAME "ONTARIO" ]
Source of Data
N.A.C., RG-42, C-2469, VOL. 322
      Marine Museum of the Great Lakes
      Kingston, Ontario

Paddle wheel steamer ABYSSINIAN. Of 1,064 tons gross; 726 tons reg. Built at Clayton, N.Y., in 1847. Home port, Montreal, Que. 230.2 x 32.2 x 11.2 Owned by Union Navigation Co., of Montreal, Que.
      List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada, Dec. 31, 1874

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Abyssinian (Steamboat), C51694, 1867