The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Buffalo Daily Gazette (Buffalo, NY), November 20, 1843


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STEAMBOATS ON LAKE ONTARIO.

From the Albany Daily Advertiser

The following lists of steam vessels employed in the navigation of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence, include all that have been so employed, from the first use of steam on those waters, and whether built on the United States or the Canadian side. We are indebted for the statement, to Mr. John Distrnell, whose industry and care in collecting statistics, are well known to our readers. The amount of tonnage propelled by steam from the Canada side, will be seen to be not far from four times more than the amount belonging to our side; a difference which, though in part accounted for by the greater extent of waters exclusively Canadian, than of our own northern waters, is still, notwithstanding this fact, a greater difference than would, we apprehend, have been generally supposed to exist.

The following is a list of American Steamboats, built, and running on Lake Ontario, since their introduction, in 1816.

When BuiltNamesTonsWhere Built
1816Ontario*400Sackett's Harbor
1818Sophia*75" "
1823Martha Ogden*150" "
1830Brownsville*150Brownsville
1831Charles Carroll*100Sackett's Harbor
1831Paul Pry*50Ogdensburgh
1832United States450"
1833Black Hawk200French Creek
1834Oswego400Oswego
- -John Marshall60Lake Erie
1836Oneida300Oswego
1837Telegraph200Dexter
1839St. Lawrence450Oswego
1839Express150Pultneyville
1841George Clinton100Oswego
1841President60"
1842Lady of the Lake425"
1843Rochester400"
Total tons= 4,120

Ericcson Propellers, running from Oswego to Chicago, Ill.
1841Vandalia150Oswego
1842Chicago150"
1842Oswego150"
1843New York150"
Total tons= 600
* = broken up
† = now named Dolphin, and owned in Canada
‡ = hull used as timber ship

List of British Vessels, built and running on Lake Ontario
Year builtNamesTonsWhere built
1816Frontenac*600Kingston
1817Charlotte*150"
1819Dalhousie*350Prescott
1821Toronto*200Toronto
1824Queenston*350Queenston
1825Canada250Toronto
1825Niagara*400Brockville
1828 ?Alciope*430Niagara
1830Sir James Kempt*200Kingston
1830Great Britain*700Prescott
1831Iroquois*100"
1832John By*200Kingston
1832William 4th400Gananoque
1832Transit350Oakville
1833Britannia (laid up)200Kingston
1833Cobourg500Cobourg
1833Brockville350Brockville
1833Kingston200Kingston
1834 Com. Barrie275Kingston
1834Union300Oakville
1835St. George400Kingston
1837Sir Robert Peel350Brockville
1837Gore200Niagara
1838Queen Victoria200"
1839Henry Gildersleeve250Kingston
1840Highlander300Coteau du Lac
1840Albion200Brockville
1840America300Niagara
1840City of Toronto500"
1840Sovereign475"
1841Princess Royal300"
1841Canada450Prescott
1841Frontenac200Kingston
1841Sir Charles200"
1842Prince of Wales200"
1842Admiral400Niagara
1842Chief Justice Robinson400"
1843Eclipse400"
Total tons=12,600
British Government vessels
1835Traveler350Niagara
1838Experiment150"
1842Mohawk (iron vessel150Kingston
1842Cherokee700"
Total tons=1,350

In addition to the above list of British steamboats of a large class, there are a number of smaller boats and ericsson propellers, running from Kingston to Montreal, passing down the rapids of the St. Lawrence river, and returning through the Rideau Canal, carrying an immense amount of produce, merchandize and passengers. When the Beauharnois canal is completed, vessels of a large class can run direct from Montreal to the upper lakes.

* = broken up
† = lost in 1842
‡ = destroyed by the Patriots in 1838


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Newspaper
Item Type:
Clippings
Date of Original:
November 20, 1843
Local identifier:
GLN.4967
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
William R. McNeil
Copyright Statement:
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Buffalo Daily Gazette (Buffalo, NY), November 20, 1843