The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Precursor (Propeller), 13 May 1842

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Mr. Kittison has laid down the keel of a large boat to be propelled on Ericson's principle, and which is to proceed direct to Montreal and return by the way of the Rideau. She is expected to be ready about the 1st. of June. --- Cobourg Star
      Kingston Chronicle & Gazette
      February 26, 1842

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On Saturday last Mr. Kittison's schooner "The PRECURSOR" was launched from the building yard of this town. The PRECURSOR is one of the prettiest models on the lake. She is intended to ply direct to Montreal, and is to be fitted up on the Erickson principle. She is 88 feet keel, 18 feet 8 inches beam, 93 feet overall and 95 tons burden -- she was built under the superintendence of Mr. Collins and is to be commanded by Mr. Briton, late master of the Perry.
      Cobourg Star
      May 13, 1842

Ericsson propeller's installed in the schooner St. THOMAS at the Niagara Dock Co.'s works; also the steamer PRECURSER. The Dock Co., has laid down another keel the same size.
      St. Catharines Journal
      July 7, 1842

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Precursor (Propeller), 13 May 1842