Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Canada (Steamboat), 1 Jun 1847
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The CANADA arrived here yesterday morning. We feel confident that she will prove not only fast, but a very commodious means of locomotion. She is owned by a Canadian joint stock company, and is fitted and furnished in the most substantial and judicious manner, combining safety with comfort. Her dimensions are as follows: Length of deck 203 feet, length of keel 200 feet, breadth of beam 30 feet 6 inches, breadth over all 56 feet, and depth of hold 13 feet. The extreme length of her upper cabin is 130 feet, and it contains some 42 state rooms. On the main deck there are ten bed rooms furnished with bedsteads and everything that taste or skill can provide for the comfort and luxury of passengers, and in the steerage ample accommodations are provided for between two and three hundred souls.
The CANADA is under the command of Capt. Van Allen, late of the LONDON, one of the most gentlemanly and experienced mariners on our waters, whose uniform courtesy and indefatigable industry must render his gallant craft a favorite with the traveling public, and a successful investment to her owners.
      Detroit Free Press
      Sat. June 5, 1847

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      THE CANADA. -- This elegant new boat, built at Chippewa, arrived last evening on her first trip, during which we understand she proved herself a "turn ahead" of anything afloat on the lakes in point of speed. The CANADA is 800 tons burthen, and is one of the best and most commodious of the lake palaces. Her upper cabin is 180 feet long, and contains 42 large and well fitted up state-rooms. Her engine is a powerful and well finished piece of machinery, built at the steam factory of the Niagara Dock Company, Niagara, Canada. Cylinder 60 inch, and 10 feet stroke, low pressure with wrought iron shafts and cranks.
      The decorations of the boat are fine, the pictures on the panels being views of scenery in Nova Scotia, New Foundland, and the Canadas. Capt. Van Allen commands the CANADA.
      Cleveland Weekly Herald
      Wednesday, June 9, 1947

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Canada (Steamboat), 1 Jun 1847