Thursday, April 24. - This day, precisely at 2 o'clock P.M. was launched in handsome style, into the Welland Canal, the schooner which has for some time past been constructing in this village, named the WELLAND CANAL, of St. Catharines, of 100 tons burden, being the first vessel that ever floated upon the waters of this canal. She was erected by Mr. Armington, master builder, under the superintendence of Capt. Northrup, and is allowed by judges to be of an excellent model and first rate workmanship: not surpassed, perhaps, by any vessel on the lakes. The enterprising owners are Messrs. H.N. Monson, W.H. Merritt, and Wm. C. Chace. Her first trip will be to Prescott, laden with produce, Capt. Northrup, Master, to clear this port in 8 or 10 days.
St. Catharines Farmers Journal & Welland Canal Intelligencer,
April 23, 1828, Page 3