The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
St. Catharines Constitutional (St. Catharines, ON), Thursday Aug. 25,1864

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Trial Trip of the New Propeller Perseverance.

Early this morning the Welland Railway Company's new propeller Perseverance ran down the Canal to Port Dalhousie, and at 11 o'clock steamed out eight or nine miles into Lake Ontario. For the purpose of testing her machinery, preparatory to commencing her regular trips between Port Dalhousie, Oswego, Kingston and Ogdensburg. A number of gentlemen from St. Catharines and elsewhere were on board by invitation to witness the trial, amongst whom were T. R. and J. P. Merritt C. Stovin, James Ingersoll, J.P. Boomer, W. A. Chisholm , and James Norris, Esq. Besides Messrs. Dan, Pay, Friesman and the representatives of the Constitutional and the Journal. The vessel was not laden or trimmed, and consequently the draft was very light, the bow being scarcely three feet in the water, while the stern was submerged over nine feet, by the weight of the machinery and 60 or 70 cords of wood for fuel. This interfered considerably with her sailing qualities; but nevertheless a speed of nearly nine knots an hour was attained-the screw propeller making 60 revolutions per minute from 30 lbs of steam. With a full head of steam on, the Perseverance is capable of making 12 knots an hour when laden. She returned to Pt Dalhousie at 1:20 p.m. and the trip was pronounced satisfactory. The engine which was built by Mr. Gartshore of Dundas from plans prepared by Mr (Cyrus) Dean locomotive superintendent of the Welland Railway- is a powerful and substantial one, and worked beautifully during the trip. The joiner's work is remarkably well executed, there by reflecting much credit upon Mr. William Pay of the Company's Car Works; while the painting, which is entirely the handiwork of the renowned Frieseman, displays his usual artistic skill, beauty of design and perfectness of finish. The cabin is a very comfortable one, and has ample accommodation for 24 first class passengers. The visitors on board were hospitably entertained by the owners of the vessel; but strange to say, no toasts were proposed. Perhaps that ceremony is reserved for a more formal banquet; and certainly we think an event of so much importance as the inauguration of a new line of splendid steamers, built at our own doors, should receive more than ordinary recognition. We may add, that the Perseverance is now taking in a cargo of grain for Kingston and will sail on her first trip for that port this evening. We wish Captain Fitzgibbon every success.

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Richard Palmer
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St. Catharines Constitutional (St. Catharines, ON), Thursday Aug. 25,1864