The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
City of Toronto (Steamboat), 20 Apr 1864

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NEW STEAMER. -- The new steamer building at Niagara, C. W., for Capt. Malloy, is to be launched, on the 20th. inst. She is to be called the CITY OF TORONTO. --- Detroit Adv.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 12, 1864

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LAUNCH OF THE STEAMER "CITY OF TORONTO." -- The new steamer CITY OF TORONTO, built at Niagara for Capt. Malloy, to run between Lewiston and Toronto, was launched on Wednesday. The Globe has a lengthy account of the launch and the "doings" connected therewith, from which we extract the following:
      The launch took place at two o'clock. Thanks to Mr. Shickluna, the building -- the crowd, which had by this time gathered in, were not doomed to wait and weary for the important event to come off. At half past one, all along the "ways" on which the hull of the new steamer stood were stationed men with axes sharpened to the utmost degree, and men with axes were ready to do the bidding of their master. About a quarter to two, Miss Robinson, daughter of Donald Robinson, Esq., of Queenston, Miss Shickluna and Mrs. Wyatt took their positions on a small platform erected at the bow of the steamer, and at two o'clock Mr. Shickluna gave the word to the men to knock away the blocks. This was engaged in with a will, and in about ten minutes everything was ready for the launch. The order was given to cut the ropes which held the slides -- the ropes were cut and a cry arose "She's off," "she's off." Such was really the case, and the Misses Robinson and Shickluna (who were selected to name the vessel), dashed a bottle of champagne against its sides, calling out the name "CITY OF TORONTO." The bottle did not, however, break until some men on board did the needful, and spilled the contents upon the side of the boat. Simultaneously with the breaking of the bottle, the bunting at the mast head was unfurled, disclosing the name of the new steamer. As soon as the ropes were cut, the frame work on which the vessel stood glided down the well greased "ways," and in an instant the steamer struck her proper element, and seemed for an instant as if she were about to turn a somersault. This, however, for the welfare of those on board, she did not do, but on striking the water with her broad side, she righted and swam like a duck. As soon as the vessel touched the water, cheer after cheer from the crowd rent the air, and everyone seemed pleased that it was over so successfully, Captain Malloy and Mr. Shickluna amongst the others.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 22, 1864

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City of Toronto (Steamboat), 20 Apr 1864