The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Wed., Sept. 18, 1839

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New Steamboat. - The steamer Great Britain, on her last trip up the lake, had in tow the new boat Ontario, which was launched at Prescott on the 7th inst. She is taken to Niagara, where she is to receive her engines and be completed. The Ontario is a beautiful model, built long and sharp, is 204 feet keel and 27 feet beam, and measures 500 tons. She is to have two engines of 75 horsepower each, paddle wheels of 26 feet diameter and 12 feet stroke.

Without her machinery, the Ontario draws 4 feet of water. She is owned by the Hon. John Hamilton, the enterprising proprietor of the Great Britain, who, we understand, has full confidence in her being able to accomplish the object for which she is designed, viz: to overcome the rapids of the St. Lawrence, and extend steamboat navigation down that river from Lake Ontario to the Cascades, within 30 miles of Montreal. The object is worthy of the enterprize, and we sincerely wish it success.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Wed., Sept. 18, 1839