OCEAN STEAMER IN PORT
The steamship PROVINCIAL, formerly the WILMINGTON, arrived here on Monday from Quebec, and is to run we understand as a passenger and freight steamer on Lake Ontario. The WILMINGTON was built at Baltimore, and was employed upon the Savannah coast in the first instance; was subsequently sent to the St. Lawrence with a view of placing her on the Quebec and Halifax route; make two or three trips to the Saguenay, and is now to be fitted out for the fresh waters of Ontario, where her clippering seems somewhat out of place. The PROVINCIAL is a nice modeled and fast sailing steamer, and will doubtless prove profitable to her present owners. One of her paddles being removed to allow her to pass through the canals on her way up, will be replaced here and she will be furnished with full guards like the lake steamers, instead of the paddle-wheel guards of the sea-going vessel. The PROVINCIAL will be ready for her new service in about four or five weeks.
Kingston Daily News
Thursday, June 12, 1856
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The freight and passenger steamer PROVINCIAL, arrived here from Kingston, Wednesday evening. She formerly sailed under the name of the WILMINGTON, and ran between Baltimore and Charleston, but has been much enlarged since then. Her length is now 178 feet, and she is of 130 horse power. She is under the command of an experienced officer, Captain Kidd, who, it will be remembered, lately went to England in command of the REINDEER and CITY OF TORONTO, belonging to Messrs. Hayes.
We understand she is owned by the Provincial Insurance Company, chartered by Captain Kidd, and destined for lake traffic.
Friday, July 18, 1856
Paddle wheel steamer WILMINGTON. Of 405 tons. Built Baltimore, Md., 1839. First home port, Baltimore, Md. Sold Foreign 1854.
Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S.,
Lytle - Holdcamper List 1790 to 1868