The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Globe and Mail (Toronto, ON), Wednesday Sept. 28, 1864

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New Propeller Perseverance

It gives us much pleasure to note the arrival in our harbour yesterday of the new steamer Perseverance, an addition to the Welland Railway Company's line. She is 546 tons burden, 185 feet keel 31 feet beam and is propelled by a low pressure engine of 530 horse-power with a 530 horse-power, with a 50 inch cylinder and 30 inch stroke. She was built b Mr. L. Shickluna St. Catharines and her engines were planned by Mr. Dean the Welland Railway Company and built by Mr Gartshore, Dundas. Mr. Risley, Government officer, inspected the new ship, and pronounced her to be well found in everything. Her carrying capacity is 23,000 bushels of wheat or 6,500 barrels of flour. On her trial trip to Montreal she proved to be one of the fastest boats on the lakes, having made the run from Port Dalhousie to Kingston in 15 hours and 45 minutes. There is accommodation on board for 25 cabin passengers. Another vessel of like capacity is launched, and will be ready to take her place on the line about the 15th of next month. These steamers have been built to meet the requirements of the western trade but, owing to the low stage of the St. Lawrence canals.(9 feet) they are not able to pass down with full cargoes and prefer running to the American ports on Lake. Ontario. By the opening the St. Lawrence canals so that vessels like the Perseverance (drawing 11 feet of water), could pass down, a much greater part of the western trade would be diverted through Canadian channels. The new steamer is commanded by Captain Fitzgibbon, one of the oldest and most experienced of our lake captains, who, we no doubt, will do everything to his power to contribute to the comfort of passengers.

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Richard Palmer
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Globe and Mail (Toronto, ON), Wednesday Sept. 28, 1864