The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Royal William (Steamboat)

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Steam paddle GENERAL PORTER.* Built Black Rock, N.Y., 1834. Of 343 gross tons. 147.0 x 27.1 x 9.3.
      * Renamed TORONTO - Canada - 1843
      ROYAL WILLIAM - Canada -
      Herman Runge List
      A new steam boat was recently launched at Black Rock, of 400 tons burthen. She was built by Messrs. Carrick and Stanard, under the superintendence of Joseph G. Norton, Esq. and is owned by Messrs. Smith and Macy. She is 150 feet in length, and twenty seven feet breadth, exclusive of her guards. This is the fourth vessel, we understand, which has been launched at that place, this season.
      Cleveland Weekly Herald
      December 7, 1833 p.2 c.4

      The British Government has purchased the Steamboat GENERAL PORTER as a cruiser on Lake Erie. --- News Room Bulletin
      Cleveland Daily Herald & Gazette
      Wednesday, July 4, 1838; 2:5

      The steam boat GENERAL PORTER recently purchased by the British to ply as an armed boat on Erie and the Upper lakes, has been changed in name to the "ROYAL WILLIAM."
      Cleveland Daily Herald & Gazette
      Friday, August 3, 1838; 2:3

      FOR SALE
      The hull of the Steamer T O R O N T O, ex GENERAL PORTER
      147' x 29'6" x 9'3" Draught of water 4 feet. 343 tons.
      Kingston Chronicle & Gazette
      May 13, 1843
      The Steam boat GENERAL PORTER, recently purchased by the British to ply as an armed boat on Erie and the Upper Lakes, has been changed in name to the ROYAL WILLIAM
      Daily Buffalonian
      August 8, 1838
Paddle wheel steamer GENERAL PORTER.* Of 342 tons. Built Black Rock, N.Y. First Home port, Buffalo, N.Y.
      * Sold British War Office, 1838 and renamed SIR CHARLES ADAMS; H. M. S. TORONTO, Sept. 3, 1838; Redocumented as screw steamer GENERAL PORTER, Oct. 7, 1843.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the United States
      The Lytle - Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868

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Royal William (Steamboat)