The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Ontario (Steamboat), 15 Apr 1840

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The stm. ONTARIO, a new boat built by the Hon. John Hamilton, of Niagara, to run on the St. Lawrence between Prescott and Montreal, left Toronto on her first downward trip last Wednesday. When about 40 miles from that port, she broke the shaft, crank, beam and cylinder of one of her engines, besides sustaining injury in other parts of her machinery. The lake fortunately was smooth, so the boat was enabled to return to port without much difficulty. Disabled as she was, she beat the COMMODORE BARRIE. The amount of the injury is estimated at $4,000, which falls on the Niagara Dock Company. (2-2)
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 15, 1840
Paddle wheel Steamer ONTARIO. Of about 325 tons. Built Prescott, Ont., 1839. Renamed LORD SYDENHAM in 1841. Rebuilt 1847 and again rebuilt at Quebec in 1855 and renamed as MONTREAL in 1855 Official Canada No. [in 1855, 32910. DISPOSITION -- Exploded and burnt at Cap Rouge, Que., 25th June, 1857, 253 killed.
      Preliminary List of Canadian Steamships
      Inland & Coastal, 1809 to 1930

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William R. McNeil
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Ontario (Steamboat), 15 Apr 1840