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Passport (Steamboat), 1 Aug 1879


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      AN OLD STEAMER
Toronto Globe: "The steamer Passport, captain Irvine in command, sailed for Kingston with passengers and freight to-day. There is not much in that announcement, but when it is recalled to mind that the old Passport has been sailing for 30 years past, the statement means much. The Passport, an iron boat, was prepared, as far as the material is concerned, on the Clyde in 1847 or 1848, and was brought out to Kingston and put together at that port for the Hon. John Hamilton. With her horizontal engine and single smokestack, the Passport is well known as far as the eye can reach. And sailors say the old boat is good for 30 years more, barring accidents."
      Detroit Post & Tribune
      August 7, 1879

NOTE: No major accidents proved to be forthcoming and the PASSPORT (C112142, renamed CASPIAN in 1898) continued to operate as a passenger and freight steamer until reduced to a barge in 1921. Most records give her launch year as 1846 and her builder as McCausland, Kingston. Besides this article, has anyone ever heard that she was pre-fabricated in Scotland?


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Date of Original:
1879
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McN.E.10066
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Passport (Steamboat), 1 Aug 1879