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Sophia (Steamboat), 1 Jul 1818


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Sacketsharbor, July 22. -- The new steam boat SOPHIA, built by Mr. Roberts, was on Thursday last at 2:00 P. M. safely and elegantly launched from his dock yard, in the presence of a numerous and respectable collection of citizens and others.
      The SOPHIA is intended expressly as a steam packet to ply between this place and Kingston, U. C. It is contemplated that she will be completely ready for operation the latter part of next month. We are further informed that the machinery is calculated to be of sufficient force to propel her from port to port in 4 hours (a distance of between 30 and 40 miles) by which calculation, she will be able after breakfast to leave this place, dine at Kingston and return the same day.
      Though this establishment may be of a temporary disadvantage to a few individuals, who have vessels that are expressly used as packets between this and Kingston; yet we cannot but congratulate the public generally, in the prospect of the great advantage to be derived from this arrangement. Business which the citizens of either place may have to transact with the other, may be performed with the absence of 10 or 12 hours; whereas, on former occasions, (through the irregular sailing of packets and head winds) have been necessarily from 3 to 6 days.
      This boat has a spacious raised cabin -- and the accommodations, with her expedition, will no doubt, so contribute to the pleasure and advantage of gentlemen travelling to and from the Upper Province, as to induce them to take the route of Sacketsharbor.
      Niagara Patriot
      August 11, 1818

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      Sacket's Harbor, July 28.
      STEAM BOAT S O P H I A .
      the new Steam boat SOPHIA, built by Mr. Roberts, was, on Thursday last, at 2 o'clock P. M. safely and elegantly launched from this dock yard, in the presence of a numerous and respectable collection of citizens and others.
The SOPHIA is intended expressly as a steam packet, to ply between this place and Kingston, Upper Canada. It is contemplated that she will be completely ready for operation the latter part of next month. We are further informed, that the machinery is calculated to be of sufficient force to propel her from Port to Port in 4 hours, ( a distance of between 30 and 40 miles) by which calculation, she will be able, after breakfast to leave this place, dine in Kingston, and return the same day.
Though this establishment may be of a temporary disadvantage to a few individuals, who have vessels that are expressly used as Packets between this and Kingston; yet we cannot but congratulate the public generally, in this prospect of the great advantage to be derived from this arrangement. Business which the citizens of either p1ace may have to transact with the other, can be performed with the absence of ten or twelve hours; whereas, on former occasions, (through the irregular sailing of Packets and head winds) have been necessarily absent from 3 to 6 days.
      This boat has a spacious raised cabin; and the accommodations, will no doubt, so contribute to the pleasure and advantage of Gentlemen travelling to and from the Upper Province, as to induce them to take the route of Sacket's Harbor.
      Kingston Gazette
      August 11, 1818


The steam Boat SOPHIA, built last year at Sackett's Harbor, and intended to ply as a packet boat, between that village and Kingston is a fine commodious vessel, and will prove useful in facilitating the intercourse between the opposite shores.
      Kingston Chronicle
      Friday, April 23, 1819
     


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launch, Sacketts harbor
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1818
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McN.E.6386
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English
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William R. McNeil
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Sophia (Steamboat), 1 Jul 1818