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Charlotte (Steamboat), 8 Jul 1817

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The Village of Ernest Town has been incorporated, and is now known by the name of Bath.
      Kingston Gazette
      April 7, 1818

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      A spirit for building seems pretty lively in Ernest Town (Bath, Ed.) Besides houses, they are still engaged in Ship Building. Another Steam Boat, on a smaller scale, adapted to the navigation of the Bay of Quinte and the River St. Lawrence, is about to be put on the stocks, at the same yard, where the Steam Boat FRONTENAC was built, and where a schooner, the MINERVA ANN, was more recently constructed. (part)
      Kingston Gazette
      July 8, 1817

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      The Bay and River Steam Boat, CHARLOTTE, built at the same Ship-yard where the FRONTENAC was built, in the Village of Ernest Town, was launched on Wednesday the 22d instant, with most of her machinery on board, nearly fitted for operation.
The Launch was a very favorable one. She noved from the stocks with an easy, uninterrupted descent into the water, amidst the cheers of a numerous concourse of spectators. In the opinion of good judges, the construction of this elegant boat does honor the Master Builer, Sir Henry Gildersleeve, who was an assistant builder of the FRONTENAC.
      On Friday the CHARLOTTE, was towed down to Kingston, where, we understand, she will be completed, and ready in a few days to commence running. Those who wish for the prosperity of the Province, especially the inhabitants, villages, towns, and townships adjacent to the River St. Lawrence and the Bay Of Quinte, will doubtless consider the extention of stean navigation to waters so well adapted to it, a subject of real congratulation.
      The destined route of this new Steam Boat seems not likely to interfere wuith that of the FRONTENAC, but to accommodate a different range of country. Wether these enterprizes eventually prove profitable or not, to their respective proprietors, they are calculated to promote the Public good, by increasing the facilities of passage and transportation. With this view of their tendency, we cordially wish them success.
      Kingston Gazette
      April 28, 1818

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Charlotte (Steamboat), 8 Jul 1817