The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
London (Steamboat), 20 Apr 1845

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The Canadian stm. LONDON, arrived yesterday from Chippewa, and was visited by many hundreds of our citizens. She is a small boat, finished in the old style without upper deck cabin, but with a very pleasant ladies cabin fitted up with berths inside, and with staterooms outside. Her gentlemen's cabin below, contains some 50 odd berths and is light and spacious.
The LONDON is really a beautiful model and with her very powerful low pressure engine, must be very fast. Her engine bears every appearance of excellence and good finish, and she is provided with wrought iron shafts. She is not yet quite finished, but the little that has to be done can be accomplished in port or otherwise. The LONDON is expected to outstrip anything on the lake, and although this cannot be known until after trial, yet the excellence of her model, and the size and finish of her engines, would indicate very rapid speed.
She is destined to ply between Chippewa and Detroit River, touching at Buffalo and intermediate Canadian ports.
      National Daily Pilot
      Saturday, April 19, 1845

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      The new steamer LONDON left Chippewa for Buffalo on Saturday last. A gentleman who was on board at the time informs us that the engine worked admirably, and that in speed the LONDON outstrips even the EMERALD, and that she afforded every indication of proving a first rate sea-boat. She is a magnificent vessel, in model, equipment and power, and under the command of such an experienced officer as Captain Van Allen, can hardly fail to prove first favorite with those who are led by business to traverse the waters of Lake Erie. --- Niagara Chronicle.
      The News, Kingston
      Thursday, May 1, 1845

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London (Steamboat), 20 Apr 1845