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St. George (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 soem 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 superintendence of Mr. Ewen, the master builder of the BRITANNIA. This vessel which promises to become one of the fastest on the lake, has 140 feet deck, 10 feet 4 inch hold, 24 feet 6 inches beam and is 340 tons burthen. She will have a low pressure engine, made by Bennett & Henderson of 90 horse power, and is meant to draw 5 feet 6 inches of water, it is intended to fit her up in superior style; to have 30 berths in the Gentlemen's cabin and 18 in the Ladies --- a promenade deck extending over the whole boat and to have her schooner rigged and commanded by Lieut. Harper, R. N. whose experience of 15 years, as captain of the Steam Packet running between Liverpool and Dublin will be a guarantee of his ability --- this latter vessel is building with a particular view to the accommodation of the inhabitants of Kingston, both merchants and passengers, and it is to be hoped that they will encourage and sustain the highly creditable public spirit of the proprietors. She will run from Prescott to York, making Kingston her home, and it is supposed will be ready in the month of June. D. Bethume and David John Smart Esq's. we believe are the principle owners. -------- Kingston Chronicle
      Hallowell Free Press
      April 2, 1833

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      LAUNCH. -- Agreeable to notice, the beautiful steamer St. GEORGE was launched from the ship-yard at Mississagua Point on Monday last, an unusual number of persons assembled to witness the interesting sight, and about 5 o'clock they were gratified by seeing the St. GEORGE glide majestically into the water without sustaining the slightest injury. The band of the 15th. Regt., were stationed on her deck, and enlivened the scene by playing a variety of the most approved and fashionable airs of the day. We have already stated that the burden of this new steamer is 360 tons, her model is exquisite, she will be propelled by an engine of great power, and we are informed that no expense will be spared in fitting up the cabins for the accommodation of passengers. ------ Herald
      Hallowell Free Press
      June 4, 1833

The beautiful Lake Steam-boat St. George, now fitting up in our harbor is 142 feet long; 44 feet broad, including guards; and of 860 tons burthen. Her engine, made by Bennet & Henderson, is low pressure, and of ninety horse power; her draugh of water 5½ feet. The Ladies' cabin is on deck, containing 20 berths, in state-rooms of {fold}
      In the Gentlemen's cabin there are 24 open berths, and two state-rooms, each with two berths. All the machinery is below. She is to be schooner rigged and will be commanded by Lt. Harper, R. N. ----- Kingston Chronicle.
      Canadian Emigrant
      Saturday, August 3, 1833

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St. George (Steamboat), 2 Apr 1833