The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), Friday Aug. 26,1864

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Trial Trip of the Perseverance.

This staunch and finely-molded propeller, the pioneer of the steam line now fitting out by the Welland Railway Company to run in connection with their road, steamed out a few miles on the lake yesterday, for the purpose of testing her machinery.

She left Port Dalhousie, at 10 o'clock a.m., with a few invited guests, amongst whom were Thos. R. Merritt, C. Stovin, and J.P. Merritt, W. A. Chisholm, J. P Boomer, and J. Norris, Esq. Together with representatives from the Journal and Constitutional and Messrs. Pay Frieseman, and Dean, who are the parties principally concerned in fitting her out. She cruised around until about 2 o'clock in the afternoon, when she returned to port. The guests aforesaid amused themselves in the meantime by inspecting the vessel throughout, and by refreshing the inner man after their labors. The results of the trip gave fair evidence that the Perseverance will prove a splendid sea boat. Although the wind blew rather fresh, and the vessel had no ballast on board she sailed very smoothly and without the least rocking, points which were particularly noticeable . The hightest speed she made on the trip was 57 revolutions per minute, with 20 lbs of steam, but it is estimated by competent judges that when put at a fair average rate she will accomplish 70 revolutions per minute, and probably make from 10 to 11 miles per hour. The engines which are condensers, were specially designed and their construction superintended by Mr. Cyrus Dean, the Locomotive Superintendent of the Welland Railway. The cylinders are 50 inches in diameter by 30 inches stroke, and are supported by 4 massive pillars. Each end has a face technically known as a lathe joint. Every joint is turned and therefore perfectly true. The frame is of an entirely original design, and furnished with sockets to receive the pillars above mentioned, so that it is impossible for the machinery to gave way. It is also well braced in every direction. The air pump is a double-acting pump of a new design, the plunger forcing the water each way with one stroke. The engines are built on the same principle as those of the Atlantic steamer and we very much doubt if any vessel afloat on the lakes will at all compare with them either for finish, durability, or design. The engine-room is also neatly arranged airy and comfortable.

The upholstering work, bedding, and furniture, were furnished by Mr. T. McIntyre and attracted general (?) for neatness and excellence of material. The painting and carpenter work, as we mentioned a few days since, is also the work of two Saints, the former by Mr. Friesman, and the latter by Mr Pay. Better or more substantial work could not be done anywhere, and that may well feel proud of it.

The Perseverance has taken in a cargo of wheat for Kingston, and will sail today. Her capacity is estimated at 25,000 bushels. We hope the trip may prove a success.

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Richard Palmer
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St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), Friday Aug. 26,1864