The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Thames (Steamboat), 23 Jun 1832

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NEW STEAMERS. - To the enterprise and public spirit of Messrs. McGregor and Van Allen, we are indebted for another new and beautiful Steamboat, the THAMES. She arrived at our wharf on Sunday the 23d ultimo, from Cleveland where she had gone to receive her engine. She is 112 feet on deck, 17 feet beam and 5 feet 6 inches hold, and for beauty of model, we venture to say, surpasses any other boat on Lake Erie. Her promenade is about eighty feet. Her cabins which are not yet quite completed, are judiciously arranged, and will be finished and furnished in handsome style. The gentlemens' cabin contains 22 permanent and 18 moveable berths. The Ladies cabin has 14 permanent and 16 moveable. Her accommodations for steerage or deck passengers, exceed those of any other boat of her size on our waters. Her engine is of 45 horse power, admirably adapted to her bearings. If anything was wanted to establish the well earned reputation of Mr. Jenkinson as a Ship Carpenter, the THAMES furnishes practical proof of his skill and abilities.

      Another And Yet Another. - In addition to the THAMES, the same gentlemen have in progress another steamboat of smaller size to be launched in about a month and intended to ply between Malden and Chatham. She will be propelled by the engine of the former THAMES, with an enlarged boiler, so as to work up to about 15 horse power.
      Canadian Emigrant
      Saturday, July 6, 1832

      CORRECTION. - In our last we stated, that Messrs. McGregor and Van Allen were building a second new steamboat on the Thames. It utterly escaped our memory at the moment that though the projecors and promoters of the enterprise, the above gentlemen were only joint stockholders in the boat with others who are known as the "Thames Steam Navigation Company." We believe the stockholders, with the exception of Wm. G. Nall, Esq., of Moy, are principally farmers on the Thames. Their interest in this boat is a sure evidence of their intelligence and enterprise, and will prove the certain means of enhancing the value of their farms, and transporting their produce to market. We sincerely wish them success. If furnished with a list of the names of stockholders we shall willingly give it an insertion.
      Canadian Emigrant
      Saturday, July 13, 1832

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Thames (Steamboat), 23 Jun 1832