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Minnesetung (Steamboat), 16 Jul 1834


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STEAMER MINNISSITUNK. - This elegant little steam boat lately built at Goderich by the Canada Company, made her first trip from that place to Sandwich on Wednesday the 16th inst. and performed that passage - a distance of 150 mile - in 14 hours, carrying on an average less than 4 inches of steam. This boat will ply regularly between the two ports before named, twice a week; and will therefore afford a regular, expeditious and cheap conveyance, to the Capital of the Huron Territory. The engine of the "MINNISSITUNK" was made in our city by our enterprising neighbors, Sheldon, Ducher and Company. ----- Toronto Courier.
      Cobourg Star
      Wednesday, July 30, 1834

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      NEW STEAMBOAT. -- We take great pleasure in announcing the arrival of the Canada Company's new steamboat, MINESETUNK. The keel of this boat was laid in the bush on the 27th. November last, and but for the delay in forwarding the engine she would have been in service some weeks past. The MINESETUNK will register about 200 tons. In her model she differs from any other boat on the lakes. She has immense bearings, is furnished with 5 keelsons, (let in and bolted to her timbers,) and is eminently suited to encounter the dangers of lake navigation. In ground tackle, and all other appliances and equipment she will not be surpassed by any other on our waters. She is propelled by a low pressure engine of 45 horse power, and commanded by Captain Dunlop, of the Royal Navy, whose nautical skill and experience must recommend him to the confidence of the travelling public. By a very judicious arrangement she leaves Goderich every Monday and Sandwich every Wednesday morning, affording her passengers an opportunity to take the ADELAID to proceed to the St. Clair or Goderich on Wednesday.
      We sincerely wish the MINESETUNK and her commander success; and hope that in the coming regatta he may keep the weather gauge of the Humites. ----- Canadian Emigrant.
      Hallowell Free Press
      August 4, 1834

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      LAKE ERIE STEAM BOATS.
      We have frequent inquiries, from distant places, concerning the Steam Boats of these waters.
The following is an extract of a letter to us, received yesterday, and dated. BOSTON, Mass., Dec. 8, 1834
"Of your city, and the region west of it, we know, in fact, but little; and form, for the most part, but very erroneous conclusions, in relation to either. We hear, often, of Lake Erie Steam boats, but know nothing of the number, and hardly more of their general character. If not too much trouble, may I ask that you will favour me with the names of the several Steam Boats upon Erie, and the more western lakes? Any facts relating to the business character of Buffalo, &c. would also be acceptable, should leisure permit. "
In compliance with the request of our correspondent, we have obtained from a gentleman who is an extensive owner the names of all our Steam Boats, and those of the British, which we subjoin.
We given them in this form, rather than in a private letter, that it may meet the eye of others, who are making similar inquiries.
      American Steam Boats on Erie and the Upper. Lakes.
      MICHIGAN, PENNSYLVANIA,
      THOMAS JEFFERSON, OHIO,
      SANDUSKY, GOVERNOR MARCY,
      GENERAL PORTER, DETROIT,
      DANIEL WEBSTER, OLIVER NEWBERRY,
      UNITED STATES, ENTERPRISE,
      CHARLES TOWNSEND, DELAWARE,
      NORTH AMERICA, WILLIAM PEACOCK,
      OLIVER H. PERRY, NIAGARA,
      MONROE, GENERAL BRADY,
      NEW-YORK, GENERAL GRATIOT,
      SUPERIOR, ANDREW JACKSON,
      UNCLE SAM, VICTORY,
      SHELDON THOMPSON, CAROLINE,
      WILLIAM PENN, MAJOR JACK DOWNING
      HENRY CLAY,
      British Do.
      MINESSETUNK, THAMES,
      ADELAIDE.
      Of the character of our Boats for strength, speed and elegance, we may challenge any water to a comparison. Many of them are of the largest class, and all well found.
Of facts relating to the business character of our city, we can at this moment do no more than refer our correspondent to our advertising columns; but will write him in a few days, in detail upon the subject.
      Buffalo Whig
      December 17, 1834
     
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first trip
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1834
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McN.E.2862
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English
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William R. McNeil
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Minnesetung (Steamboat), 16 Jul 1834