The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Queen of the West (Steamboat), 8 Dec 1851

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New Steamer- The frame of the new steamer, building in the ship yard of Mr. George S. Weeks, in this city, is up and the planking is now going on. Her dimensions are Keel 220 feet beam 29 feet hold 11 1/2 feet and about 650 tons. Her engine is being built in New York, and she has to have a 50 inch cylinder with 11 foot stroke giving her large power for her tonnage. She is designed for a very fast boat and will be out next season.
      Oswego Commercial Times
      Monday September 16, 1850
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      The Launch. - At about 12 o'clock at noon, to-day, Captain Weeks launched the hull of his new Steamboat, and as she dipped the water Mr. Geo. Weeks, Jr. christened her the QUEEN OF THE WEST, and at the same time a flag bearing the name was run up from the bows. The Launch was a beautiful sight - every thing went off to admiration.
We learn that the boat has been sold to a Canada Company and that she is to be furnished and receive her new machinery at Hamilton, C.W. The QUEEN OF THE WEST is of a beautiful model, and sits on the water "like a duck," and with suitable engines may be the fastest boat on Ontario.
      Oswego Daily Times
      Saturday, December 6, 1851

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      Launch -- The hull of the new Steamer, QUEEN OF THE WEST, was launched from Capt. Weeks's yard on Saturday, at 12 o'clock. It was a beautiful launch, the boat gliding into its destined element, amid the firing of guns and the cheers of a large assemblage of spectators.
The QUEEN OF THE WEST, as she was christened by Master George, is of a beautiful model, fashioned in Capt. Weeks's best mould, and to repeat the phrase of many who witnessed the launch, "she sits like a duck in the water." She was towed in by the O.S. Howard, and is to be taken by the Propeller SYRACUSE immediately to Canada (Hamilton, we believe,) for completion in the Canadian style, having been purchased by a Company in the Province, whose intention it originally was, we believe, to put her in a line from this city to Hamilton, via Toronto. We learn there is now, however, some doubt as to her ultimate destination.
      Oswego Daily Palladium
      Monday, December 8, 1851

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      A new steamer, the QUEEN OF THE WEST was launched at Oswego on Saturday. She has been sold to a company in Canada, and will run between Hamilton, Toronto and Oswego next season.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Thursday, December 11, 1851

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      QUEEN OF THE WEST, Steam barge. Built Oswego, N. Y., 1851. 212 x 26 x 11, about 439 tons. Ex. U.S. barge, rebuilt Steamer 1852. Burnt at Hamilton July 9th. 1853.
      Prelim. List of Canadian Merchant Steamships
      1809 - 1930 ( Coastal and Inland )

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Queen of the West (Steamboat), 8 Dec 1851