The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Provincial (Steamboat), 1856

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The freight and passenger steamer PROVINCIAL, arrived here from Kingston, Wednesday evening. She formerly sailed under the name of the WILMINGTON, and ran between Baltimore and Charleston, but has been much enlarged since then. Her length is now 178 feet, and she is of 130 horse power. She is under the command of an experienced officer, Captain Kidd, who, it will be remembered, lately went to England in command of the REINDEER and CITY OF TORONTO, belonging to Messrs. Hayes.
      We understand she is owned by the Provincial Insurance Company, chartered by Captain Kidd, and destined for lake traffic.
      Toronto Leader
      Friday, July 18, 1856
      The wreck of the old steamer PROVINCIAL lying off the Esplanade, in front of the Grand Trunk depot, Toronto, is to be raised. This boat was built in Savannah a least a quarter of a century ago, for Ocean service, and about twenty years ago fell into the hands of the Provincial Insurance Company, and was brought up here. After a short service as a freight boat she was condemned, and the engines taken out. For some years it formed a club house for the Yacht Club, but is now entirely submerged, and has long been an obstruction. It will be a happy event to have her out of that berth ???? ??? ?.
      Cleveland Herald
      Tuesday, May 29, 1877

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William R. McNeil
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Provincial (Steamboat), 1856