The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Thomas McKay (Steamboat), 1 Apr 1834

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RIDEAU CANAL. -- Mr. Drummond's steam-boats, the RIDEAU and the MARGARET, are fitted up, to be in readiness on the opening of the Canal. Their enterprising proprietor will, we hope, reap an abundant reward for his exertions.
A new boat, built by Messrs. Parker, Valentine and Bennett, and intended for the Rideau, was launched this week, and called the THOMAS McKAY. This vessel is 105 feet long; 28 feet 6 inches extreme breadth; 6 feet and 9 inches depth of hold, and will be worked by an engine of 25 horse power. There are 20 berths in the gentleman's cabin, and 12 in the ladies, and both cabins are to be fitted up in a superior style for the accommodation of passengers. A promenade deck extends forward and aft over the boat. She draws 2 feet 6 inches aft, and 16 inches forward. ------ Kingston Chronicle
      The Cobourg Star
      Wednesday, April 9, 1834

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Thomas McKay (Steamboat), 1 Apr 1834