The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Britannia (Steamboat), 2 Apr 1833

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NEW STEAMBOATS. -- We were agreeably surprised, on walking a few days since to the Mississagua Point, to witness the advanced state of forwardness to which the several Steam Boats there building, have attained.
      The BRITANNIA, whose launch we announces some time since, is fast fitting up in a style of elegance and comfort, that, combined with her other advantages, promises to make her a valuable auxillary to the travelling and commercial public. This fine vessel has 109 feet deck, 8 feet hold, and 20 feet 6 inch beam, of 180 tons burthen; is to be propelled by an engine of Messrs. Bennett & Henderson, of 55 horse power and draws only 3 feet 6 inches of water. She has a promanade deck of her whole length; the engine (low pressure) below. Besides 26 berths in the Gentlemen's cabin, and 16 in the Ladies, there is also a steerage cabin. The BRITANNIA is owned by our enterprising townsman, Robert Bethume, Esq. will be commanded by Lieut. Smart, R. N., and is intended to ply on the Rideau Canal and the Bay of Quinte. She is expected to be finished in the latter end of April.
      Another boat now on the stocks, of beautiful model, and about the size of the WILLIAM 1V, we found building of cedar in great strength and perfection of workmanship, under the able superintendance of Mr. Ewen, the master builder of the BRITANNIA . . Kingston Chronicle.
      Hallowell Free Press
      April 2, 1833

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Britannia (Steamboat), 2 Apr 1833