The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Rapid (Steamboat), 1 Jun 1834

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The new steam boat building at this port, will be launched positively, if all be well, on Tuesday the tenth day of June. This is assuredly the most singular constructed boat ever built. The plan is original; it differs internally from the Burdenian model. Let the reader imagine to himself two enormous canoes, each 177 feet in length, by 9 feet in breadth, and placed parallel to each other, at the distance of 12 feet 6 inches apart, with oval iron hoops, covered all over with pine plank, something like a barrel, fastened to each other with large oak beams, over which the cabins are built, and he will have some idea of this extraordinary boat. - Gren. Gaz.
      British American Journal
      Tuesday, June 17, 1834

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      LAUNCH. -- Last Thursday the RAPID Steam Boat, constructed on Mr. Sanford's plan, was launched, the instant she started on the ways, the band commenced playing God Save The King, -- As one third of her length entered the water, the ways broke. And to the regret of a vast concourse of people, she suddenly stopped. The COBOURG steamer, after making three ineffectual efforts, to drag her into her destined element, went away in a pet and left her to her fate. The KINGSTON, commanded by Capt. Ives, resumed the task, and on the very first attempt took her off in fine style. On her arrival at Mr. Norton's wharf, she was cheered by a vast concourse of spectators, appears as light as a feather, swims like a duck, and draws but 15 inches of water. Upward of 300 people went on board to honor her with additional cheers, the weight of which, scarcely sunk her three-quarters of an inch. May success attend the RAPID. --- Prescott Gazette (part)
      Hallowell Free Press
      June 30, 1834

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      We were visited in our harbour on Thursday by the new boat RAPID, Capt. Doty, built at Prescott, on a plan similar to that called the "Durden." For the present, at least, there is a sad failure in the degree of speed with which she was expected to travel; her rate being but eight or nine miles an hour. - ?
      British American Journal
      Tuesday, September 9, 1834

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Rapid (Steamboat), 1 Jun 1834