The contract for building the "JOHN BY" steamer has been given to Mr. Robert Drummond, the enterprising contractor at the Kingston Mills, who is to launch the vessel by the first of next November.
The engine is to be made by Messrs. Bennet and Henderson of Montreal, and to be ready this autumn; so that we may expect to have a fine steamboat ready to commence running upon the Canal on the opening of navigation next Spring.
June 11, 1831
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The Kingston, U. C. Chronicle states that the water has been let into the Rideau Canal on the greater part of the line; that the locks have been tried and found perfect in all points, and that the steamer "JOHN BY," now building to ply this canal, will be ready for launching about Nov. 1.
Cleveland Weekly Herald
Thursday, October 20, 1831
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LAUNCH OF THE " JOHN BY " STEAM BOAT. -- On Wednesday last, the launch of this fine vessel took place from Mississagua Point, where little more than three months ago the first beam in her construction was laid. Notwithstanding the unfavorable state of the weather, multitudes were attracted to witness a sight connected so closely with the anticipated prosperity of Kingston, and indicative of the completion of that stupendous channel through which her future progress will be directed.
Her appearance on the stocks, as she proudly overlooked her natural element--her deck covered with national banners, and surrounded by an anxious multitude---were only equalled by her grand and majestic appearance as she glided into the water; and as if conscious of her dignity, floated proudly in the view of the admiring spectators.
Mr. Drummond, with his usual enterprise, took the contract for her building with the Company, and procured the superintendence of Mr. Crochet from New York, upon whose professional character as a shipbuilder, this vessel reflects the utmost mechanical skill and genius.
Her length when finished will be 110 feet from stem to stern. Breadth of beam, 26 feet, or 30 feet over the guards; her draught of water when finished with her engines 3 feet 6 inches. She will have a gentlemen's cabin on deck, 41 feet by 20; Ladies cabin below 22 feet by 24; with a promenade deck, the full length of the vessel. Her engine made by Bennett & Henderson of Montreal is of 75 horse power, and her burden will be 200 tons.
We have seldom seen a more elegant specimen of naval architecture; and we most sincerely hope that the expectations of her enterprising proprietors will be amply realized by the prosperity of her future career. Early next spring, she will commence her trips on the line of the Rideau, for which she is exclusively designed, to Grenville.
The band of the 66th. were kindly furnished, to add their attractions to this novel and interesting spectacle; and the proprietors and public in general were much indebted to Capt. Polly who, with the TORONTO, afforded them all the accommodation in her power, and towed this additional off-spring of Kingston enterprise to her Winter resting place.
November 26, 1831
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On Wednesday evening the enginery for the Steam Boat "JOHN BY" arrived here in sleighs from Montreal. On the opening of navigation it is expected that she will be perfectly completed.
January 21, 1832
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