The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 24 May, 1870

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LAUNCHING OF THE STEAMER ONTARIO. - An attempt was made this morning at nine o'clock to launch this fine model steamer from the foot of James street. The vessel glided off gracefully, and all hands anticipated a successful launch, about fifty feet were passed, when the keel plowed into the earth and brought her to a stand-still. After a few minutes she was again started, and when about three-fourths of her length over water, the ways spread and let her bows down. She will be towed to deep water. The Ontario was built for Mr. Samuel Becket, of this city. The engine is a fifty-horsepower of the class known as the inverted upright (direct acting), and is furnished with all the latest improvements. - [Hamilton Times, 21st.

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This little article shows a pair of the hazards of "stern-launching." Parentheses are in the original.
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24 May, 1870
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Dave Swayze
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 24 May, 1870