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Arabian (Steamboat), 10 Oct 1851


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The new steamboat will be launched today at 2 o'clock but, I cannot wait to describe what may take place, as the mail leaves at that hour. I understand she is to be called ARABIAN. ...Length on deck, 182 feet; beam, 26 feet six inches; width over guards, forty four feet; depth of hold, eleven feet. The ARABIAN has a single beam engine, diameter of cylinder, forty eight inches; length of stroke, eleven feet. Diameter of paddle wheels, thirty two feet; paddle boards seven feet face. The hull and machinery were built at our dock works by A. Heron , Esq. -- An Observer, Niagara, June 30, 1851
      The Niagara Mail
      Wednesday, July 2, 1851

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      LAUNCH OF THE STEAMER "ARABIAN." - Thru' the politeness of Capt. Miller of the CHIEF JUSTICE (ROBINSON), we were privileged to witness the launch at Niagara, Yesterday, of the new steamer ARABIAN, belonging to Mr. Heron, intended for the lake and river trade between Hamilton, Montreal, and intermediate ports and to be commanded by Capt. Coleleugh, the late popular master of the CHIEF. There was a large number of spectators present at the launch, and all seemed to enjoy the sight.
      The vessel is a splendid one, and as to outline and superiority of workmanship, unequaled, we understand on these Inland Seas. She draws three feet five inches forward, and three feet six inches aft. She is to be fitted out in the first style, furnished with very fine and powerful engines, and promises to be one of the swiftest boats of the first class. Her capacity is somewhere between 300 and 400 tons--but we omitted to ascertain the exact measurement. Altogether she reflects the highest credit on her spirited owner and the workmen employed in her erection. -- Colonist
      St. Catharines Journal
      Thursday, July 3, 1851

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      Niagara, C.W., Oct.10.
      The steamer ARABIA, launched a short time since at this place, made a trial trip today up the Niagara River, above Youngstown. She is 180 feet in length, has two powerful engines, and is designed to run between Niagara and Montreal. She ran with fair speed, and is of good model, though from some cause she was too crank in the water to make her satisfactory without a further adjustment of her machinery. She was built by Mr. Ault for Andrew Herron, Esq., of Niagara.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Saturday, October 11, 1851

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ARABIAN Built Niagara 1851. 173 x 32 x 16 about 350 tons. Passenger steamer. Lost off Wilmington, N.C. Sept. 15, 1863
      Prelm. List of Canadian Steamships
      Inland & Coastal, 1809 - 1930

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trial trip
Date of Original:
1851
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McN.E.818
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Arabian (Steamboat), 10 Oct 1851