The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Sovereign (Propeller), C, 22 Apr 1873

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CANADIAN PROPELLERS. - The new Canadian Line of steamers "The Merchants" will have increased facilities the coming season, as four new boats are to be added, making nine in all. The new boats are now being fitted out at St. Catharines, where they were built, and will be ready by the opening of navigation. Their names are the SOVEREIGN, PRUSSIA, PERSIA, and LINCOLN.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 2, 1873

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      St. Catharines, April 22 - A fine propeller was launched from Shickluna's shipyard, at four o'clock today. She was named the SOVEREIGN. She is 375 tons register. Shortly afterwards the bark MAGELLAN was launched from the same yard. After the blocks had been knocked away, the boat glided forward, but the stern stuck fast, and the launch was not completed. She will likely be launched before the day closes. She was built for Captain Murray, and is of 370 tons register.
      The Toronto Mail
      Wednesday, April 23, 1873

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Tuesday was a gala day at St. Catharines on account of the launching of two vessels at the Shickluna shipyard. The prop. SOVEREIGN was launched at 4:00 P.M. She is 144 ft. long, 27 1/2 wide, and 12 ft. deep. Her capacity is 450 tons, carpenter's measure, and 375 tons register. Her value is between $35,000 and $40,000. The boat is represented as a model specimen of naval architecture, with a cabin finely finished, and a dozen or so elegant state rooms. The bark MAGELLAN launched about the same time, was built for James Murray & Co., and cost about $25,000. She is a very fine 3 master sailing vessel, her length being 141 ft., breadth and depth same as the SOVEREIGN. Her carpenter's measure is 450 tons, register 370.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 25, 1873 3-6

Steam screw SOVEREIGN. [no number] Of 684 tons gross; 426 tons Reg. Built St. Catharines, Ont., 1873. Home port, St. Catharines, Ont. 139.0 x 23.7 x 11.0 Owned by North Western Transportation Co., of Sarnia, Ont.
      List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada on December 31, 1886

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Sovereign (Propeller), C, 22 Apr 1873