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Ireland (Propeller), 16 Apr 1846

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Messrs Fowler & Hood, the worthy lessees of the Kingston Marine Railway have just laid down the keel of a large Propeller for Captain Patterson of this town,.This propeller is to be launched next spring, and is intended for the Lake and River trade -- the following are it's dimensions:-
140 foot keel, 24 foot beam, 9 ½ foot depth of hold. The upper or main deck will be covered in from stem to stern, which will afford complete protection to the whole freight. We believe that the exposure of Canadian flour to the weather, on the open decks of schooners and barges, and on the wharves whilst undergoing transportation is one great cause of the reduced figure at which that article is quoted in the British Market;the barrels are frequently saturated with water, which on the long voyage across the Atlantic penetrates through to the flour and sours it.!
Captain P's vessel will be rigged with one mast, and propelled by a high-pressure engine of 140 horse-power - the engine to be furnished from the Kingston Foundry. We have no doubt the shipbuilders and machinists will turn out a vessel, in all respects creditable to the Port of Kingston
(Chronicle,) undated
      Toronto GLOBE
      Tuesday, October 14,1845

      Folio 1 Register number 2
Description: Steam Propeller
Where she belongs: Kingston Tons:
Tons 269
Present Master: Robert Paterson
When Built: 1846
Where built: Kingston
Builders Name & Certification Date: Fowler & Hood, May I2th.1846
Description of Vessel-
      Length- 134 feet & 1/I0th.
      Breadth- 21 feet & 9/10th
      Height in Hold- 9 feet & 6/10th.
      Masts: One
      Square or Round sterned: Round
      Carvel or Clinker Built: Carvel
      How Rigged: Sloop
Figure-Head: Nonel
Decks: One, no galleries
Standing or Running Bowsprit: No Bowsprit
Engine Room 24 feet & 1/10th. length.. 52 tons ( weight ??)
Subscribing Owners: Robert Patterson sole owner, sold to John Hamilton on Aug. 1848 for 3,000 pounds. Then to ? Distiller of Kingston on Aug. 23, 1850
      Port of Kingston, Ontario
      Shipping Registers, 1846 to 1853

We are requested to intimate that the propeller built for Captain Patterson, by Messrs. Fowler & Hood, will be launched from their shipyard on Thursday next about 3 o'clock p. m.
      The Argus, Kingston
      April 14, 1846

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      Yesterday was the day appointed for the launch of Capt. Patterson's propeller steam boat, the IRELAND. At five minutes past 3 o'clock the order was given to consign her to a watery element, and in less than a minute from that, she was seen floating on the broad bosum of Lake Ontario. The launch was the prettiest we ever saw. There was no fuss made, and none of the bungling we have witnessed elsewhere. The whole business reflects great credit upon Messrs. Fowler & Hood, the builders -- we trust that the success of the IRELAND will be as generous the enterprise of her commander merits.
      The Argus, Kingston
      April 17, 1846

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      LAUNCH. --- On the afternoon of Thursday last, precisely at the hour of three o'clock, Captain Patterson's new propeller was launched from the ship-yard of Messers Fowler & Hood. The launch was a beautiful one, but so punctual as to disappoint a number of our good town's-people, who counted upon the allowance of a little "grace." The propeller was duly named the IRELAND, and the green flag of Erin was displayed from the peak.
As the IRELAND is fully three times larger than any propeller previously constructed on this side of the lakes, considerable interest has been felt in her progress. We copy the following dimensions, &c., from the Chronicle. In point of construction we are confident the IRELAND will compare favorably with any vessel turned out on either side of the lake. She will be ready for service in about three weeks:--
      "We were tempted by the accounts we heard of the size, and beautiful model of this vessel, to take a peek at her, as she lies on the stocks, and se are happy to say, that we found, as far as we are a judge, that those discriptions, were by no means overcharged. Her length is I40 feet, breadth 24, her depth of hold 9-3/4, her height between decks,7, and she is capable of carrying 2,000 barrels of Flour in her holds. Her main deck is covered in to within 15 feet of her bows, and consequently, she is calculated to afford superior accommodation to amigrants, or deck passengers, the deck being completely sheltered from the weather; under this shelter 150 to 200 passengers may be accommodated,
"Her cabin is on the main deck, is 40 feet long, and occupies the whole breadth, comprising the Saloon and 15 state rooms; 40 cabin passengers may be accommodated, she is rigged with one mast forward, and can carry 600 yards of canvas. She will be corked entirely on the upper deck, her cylinder is 32 inches in dinmeter,stroke 2I inches. Screw 7-1/2 feet in diameter, 3,000 copper tubes in her boiler, each 8 feet long making an aggregate of 24,000 feet of copper tubes, she posseses 1,500 feet of supertiees (?) of fire surface, can carry 75 lbs. of steam, is expected to be able to sail 13 miles an hour; and, is intended to run between Kingston and Montreal, her build being adapted for the Rapids as well as Lake navigation, "This fine vessel has been built for Captain Patterson, and no pains or expense have been spared, either in the quality of the materials used, or in the style and manner of the workmanship to render her equal, if not superior, to any boat that navigates our water's. Messrs. Fowler & Hood deserve much credit for this specimen of their style of ship-building. They have however, adopted the only sure method, assuring to thensefves, the character of fine ship-builders, by a careful selection of naterials, mechanics. They have, we understand, succeeded fully in this plan; their people, in addition to their abilities as good workmen, have the qualification of being sober and orderly, a proof of which, is the fact, that a great proportion of them possess houses and lots of their own.
      The News, Kingston
      Monday, April 20, I846

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THE IRELAND. -- Capt. Patterson's new propeller is nearly ready for service, we believe that it is intended on Saturday or the beginning of next week to make a trial of her machinery.
      The News, Kingston
      Thursday, May 14, 1846

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PROPELLERS ON LAKE ONTARIO.---The Toronto Examiner, of the 3rd. inst. speaks very highly of the splendid finish and fine qualities of the new propeller IRELAND, lately finished at Kingston. The Examiner styles her as a new class of propeller, but from a very minute description of this vessel, given by the Examiner, we do not perceive any material difference between her and the numerous new propellers which have made their appearance on lake Erie this season. The IRELAND is to run between Toronto and Montreal, and our Canadian neighbors are talking about building more of the same class, running from the upper lakes to Montreal and the sea board, when their canals are completed.
      Daily National Pilot, Buffalo
      Monday Morning, June 8, 1846 p. 3

Last week our port was visited by a long black schooner propeller, from Kingston, Canada, named IRELAND. She is a vessel of about 350 tons measurement and, of course, came through the Welland canal. In the course of one year, such vessels will have a way prepared, to pass into the Atlantic. --- Toledo Blade
      Daily Courier & Pilot, Buffalo
      Monday, July 27, 1846

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Ireland (Propeller), 16 Apr 1846