The " GREAT BRITAIN.' -- This fine vessel was launched at Prescott on Saturday the 16th inst. in the presence of a large concourse of spectators. We are informed that she went off the stocks in very beautiful style -- the model is said to be exceedingly handsome, and the highest expectations are entertained of her speed, having two engines, upward of 100 horse power each.
Mr. Hamilton has been happy in the name which he has given his vessel --- and this being altogether the most spirited instance of individual enterprise which we know of in the Province, we most sincerely wish him success.
October 23, 1830
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The GREAT BRITAIN. -- This noble vessel, which has lately been built at Prescott by the Hon. John Hamilton, we understand, is now completely finished, and will commence her trips early in May. She is said to be the finest steam vessel in America.
April 2, 1831
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The " GREAT BRITAIN " Steam Vessel. -- On Monday last the curiosity and admiration of the inhabitant of Kingston were, to a considerable degree, excited by the appearance at the King's Wharf, of this gigantic specimen of the powers of steam; and notwithstanding an incessant fall of snow and rain, crowds were attracted to behold the most magnificent specimen of Canadian enterprise that has as yet been established for the public benefit.
Any attempt at a description of her enginery, accommodation, style of building and embellishments, would be far above the standard of our editorial pen, and she must be visited in order to obtain a correct impression of the wealth and genius which are so profusely and judiciously expended in her construction. Her length is about 160 feet; her measurement 700 tons; her beam, 60 feet, and her hold 12 feet.
Her decks, which are covered in, together with the hold, may be said to be capable of containing 3,000 barrels. She is propelled by two engines, of 75 horse power, and is manned by 32 seamen. No expense seems to have been spared in the Gentlemen and Ladies' accommodation.
The state cabins and others are fitted up with great attention to the comfort of passengers; and the half-price cabins contain every requisite to contribute to the convenience of the humble traveller.
Most cordially do we congratulate the public upon this auxiliary to the industry of our Province, and as cordially do we hope that she may long be a source of wealth and independence to the highly respected and enterprising individual who has embarked so immense a capital in the public cause.
May 14, 1831
THE GREAT BRITAIN -- This anxiously expected Steamer, arrived from Prescott on Sunday evening, with the First Division of the 66th. Regt. on board. The weather was rainy, and therefore but few of the inhaditants had an opportunity of gazing on the most magnificent vessels of the kind that approached our harbour. We in common with hundreds of others, visited the GREAT BRITAIN on Monday morning and were conducted by her enterprising proprietor through every part of the vast floating castle. In length she is about one hundred and sixty feet, her admeasurement is said to be several hundred tons, and in the hold and on deck she will carry three thousand barrels of Flour. The GREAT BRITAIN is a beautiful specimen of Naval Architecture, her speed is much greater than that of any other Boat on the Upper Canada waters, and her spacious and elegantly finished cabins afford every convenience and comfort that travellers can desire. At ten o'clock yesterday morning she left the Government wharf for York, having on board the right division of the 79th. Highlanders. - Herald (Kingston)
the Hallowell FREE PRESS
May 17, 1831