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Western (Steamboat), burnt, 27 Apr 1842
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LITTLE WESTERN Steamer, of 60 ton burthen. Built Chatham 1834. High pressure engine. Burned at Detroit 1842.
      " Trade And Commerce "
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      March 26,1847

LITTLE WESTERN Steamer, a Canadian boat, was built at Chatham, C.W.,and made trips from That place to Detroit. She was 60 Tons Burden, and came out in 1834. She was burned at Detroit in 1842
      Toledo Blade (Flashback)
      April 24,1866

WESTERN Steamer, built Chatham, C.W. 1832. Rebuilt from Schooner ROB ROY. As the WESTERN she was burned at Detroit April 27, 1842
      Prelm. List of Canadian Steamships
      [Inland and Coastal] 1809 to 1930

      "Then Daniel Lizars got together all his capital, and with his mother, wife and seven children, set sail in the SCIENCE, and after a six weeks' journey landed in New York. From that place they reached Detroit by Canal and Lake boats. The father chartered a two masted Schooner called the ROB ROY, captained by A.M. McGregor, her owner; put all his goods and family on board and made for Goderich, where his brother and sister were already settled. Midway between there and Sarnia a terrible storm came up and Mr. McGregor, incapacitated by an attack of ague, had to leave the direction of the vessel in Mr. Lizars' unaccustomed hands. The latter managed to guide it through the night and storm, but morning saw them wrecked on the 'bar', they and the boats contents all soaked. It was a Sunday morning in the month of October, 1833, and a service was being held by the Rev. Mr.Horne in the building which was used to serve as school room and church. In the middle of his service he paused and said Let us pray for the safety of a family wrecked on the "bar "
      The effect upon the small congregation was much the same as when now a close fire alarm disturbs the worship. When the name was asked for and given, Mrs. Armstrong cried out:"My God! it is my brother!" She ran down to the harbour, Mrs. Gooding with her, and there found "Dr. Hamilton, Bob Gibbons, and young Murray McGregor,"all going out to help them.

(the 'bar' being at the mouth of the Maitland River, Goderich)
      In The Days Of The Canada Company
      Robina & Kathleen Macfarlane Lizars pp.225

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Reason: burnt
Lives: nil
Freight: passengers/goods
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.33143 Longitude: -83.04575
William R. McNeil
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Western (Steamboat), burnt, 27 Apr 1842