The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), February 22, 1838

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The Steam Boat Caroline - The history of the Caroline, says the Buffalo Com. Adv., is rather an eventful one. She was built of live oak, some years ago, at Charleston, S.C., and was brought to Albany between which place and Troy she plied for some time. She was then sent by the Erie and Oswego canals to Canada, where a new keel was given her and made a British bottom. Having been engaged in some smuggling transaction she was condemned and sold, thus making her an American boat again. After plying from there to various ports on the lake she went on her ill-fated expedition down the river and met with an end the sublimity of which can scarely be paralled.

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The Caroline was used by William Lyon Mackenzie to supply his rebel garrison on Navy Island in the Niagara River, just above Niagara Falls. It was seized in January, 1838 by the British, set on fire and sent blazing over Niagara Falls, although one report says that it burned and sank above them. Late in 1837 and early in 1838 there were rebellions in Upper and Lower Canada.
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February 22, 1838
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Peter Warwick
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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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St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), February 22, 1838