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Passport (Steamboat), 5 Nov 1846

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launch. Yesterday, at 3 o'clock, the new iron steamer belonging to the Hon. John Hamilton, was launched from the ship-yard of Messrs. Fowler & Hood. She went off in beautiful style, amid the cheers of numerous spectators. She was christened the PASSPORT, and will be commanded by Captain Bowen, now of the CANADA. Her dimensions are as follows:- Extreme length, 180 feet; breadth of beam, 26 feet; depth of hold, 9 feet 6 inches, and she drew, on an even keel, when launched, and with nothing in her, 2 feet 3 inches of water, inclusive of course of the keel, which measures 5 inches.
      She will be propelled by an horizontal engine of 80 horse power, and is expected to go between 15 and 16 miles an hour.
      On the first of last March, every particle of her was in ore, in the bowels of the earth, in Scotland; now she floats a thing of life upon the broad waters of Ontario, and will by next May be fully completed, and stemming the rapids of the mighty St. Lawrence !
      Great credit is due Mr. McAuslan, the engineer, who has been in the employment of Mr. Hamilton for the past 16 years. Mr. McAuslan went to Scotland for the hull of the PASSPORT, and, in superintending the fitting up of her, has shown much ability.
      The name PASSPORT, which has been given to the vessel, struck us at first, as somewhat inappropriate; but when we came to reflect that its meaning is to go or pass with safety and certainty, we concluded that it was extremely appropriate; for is we cannot go in such a model of naval architecture with certainty and safety, we should like to know in what more safe and certain mode the public can be conveyed.
      The Argus, Kingston
      November 6, 1846

Steam paddle PASSPORT.* Official Canada No. 112142. Of 1034 gross tons. Built at Kingston, Ont., in 1846.
      171.4 x 25.0 x 10.0.
      * renamed CASPIAN - Canada -
      Herman Runge List
Paddle wheel steamer PASSPORT; CASPIAN [98] Built Kingston, Ont., 1846. 172 x 25 x 10 Of 1,034 tons gross. Rebuilt barge 1921.
      Preliminary List of Canadian Merchant Steamships
      [Inland and Coastal] 1808 to 1930

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Passport (Steamboat), 5 Nov 1846