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Colonist (Propeller), C33481, 1 Aug 1854

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NEW PROPELLER - On Saturday afternoon we took a short excurson on a new propeller, which has just received her engine from the works of Stimson, Kelsey & Co. She's named the COLONIST and built at Port Sarnia, by James Porter, Esq. She is 140 feet long; 26 feet beam; 10 and a half feet hold, and of 360 tons burthen. She is to run between Montreal and Detroit and Port Sarnia. She goes up to the latter port today to take on a load of staves for Quebec. She is a stout built, roomy vessel and will do good service judging from her looks. Her engine is of 200 horse power, was built at the Dry Dock iron Works of Stimson, Kelsey & Co.,under the superintendence of Chas.Kellogg, that firm's very capable master mechanic. The cylinder has a 27 and a half inch bore and a 36 inch stroke, and is a strong, well finished piece of work, such as the Dry Dock Works are in the habit of turning out. Mr.William Simpson is Captain and Daniel McAlpine, Engineer.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Thursday, August 31, 1854

COLONIST, Official Canada No. 33481. Of about 341 tons gross. Built Sarnia, Ont., 1855. 134 x 24 x 11. DISPOSITION. - Wrecked Lake Huron, November 1869.
      Preliminary List of Canadian Merchant Steamships
      Inland & Coastal, 1809 tp 1930

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Colonist (Propeller), C33481, 1 Aug 1854