The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Hamilton Evening Times (Hamilton, ON), April 4, 1859

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The Launch On Saturday - The launch of the steamer built by Messrs. Malcolmson & Co., at the City Wharf, took place on Saturday. Owing to the east wind blowing very keenly, there was not so large a number of spectators as we anticipated. At twenty-five minutes after two o'clock, Miss McKenzie, the daughter of Mr. McKenzie, the Mayor of Dundas, broke the bottle, and named the steamer, the "Valley City". The flags of the steamer were then hoisted and she gallantly moved along the beams on which she was built, into the bay, the spectators cheering in a most enthusiastic manner. This is the first successful launching of a steamer at the Port of Hamilton, and great credit is due to Mr. John Malcolmson - Master Builder - for the manner in which he accomplished it. Messrs. Gartshore & Co., of Dundas, furnished the engine and boiler, and Mr. John Spein, of this city, supplied and fitted up the iron work. After launching the steamer drew only two feet of water. Among those present we noticed Mr. McKenzie, Mayor of Dundas, and Captain Farrell, of the steamer Boston. The Valley City is 110 feet in length, 18 feet beam, and depth of hold 7 ft.; capacity is 70 tons. She is intended to ply between this city and Dundas, and for pleasure trips on Burlington Bay during the coming season. After the launch had taken, Mr. George Malcolmson invited the ladies and gentlemen present to partake of some refreshments he had provided in his commodious warehouse. Mr. Jones, of the Globe, proposed "success to the Valley City" and his daughter - and concluded by proposing the health of Capt. Mason, alluding to the interest he had taken on behalf of the projectors of the boat. Capt. Mason, briefly responded, and proposed the health of Mr. John Malcolmson, Master Builder of the boat, coupling the names of his brother and the senior partner, Capt. McTaggart. Mr. John Malcolmson responded, and referred in particular to the warm interest which the Mayor of Dundas had taken in the enterprise. And he desired to thank him for the presentation of the flag bearing the name of the steamer selected by his daughter. Mr. Gray then gave the "Ladies Present", which was heartedly responded to by Mr. Howard Swales, after which the Mayor of Dundas, gave "The Press", and in doing so he alluded to his former residence in Hamilton, where he could shoot pigeons where the Gore Bank now stands, and concluded by paying a tribute to the influence of that mighty engine "the press". The toast was responded to by Mr. Spence of the Dundas Warder, Mr. Jones of the Glove, and Mr Gary of this journal. Councillor Taylor, of Dundas, proposed "Prosperity to the City of Hamilton," which was responded to by Mr. J.E. Dallyn and Capt. Mason.

After the launching of the "Valley City" Mr. D. Phelan, shipbuilder, launched a beautiful yacht, owned by Mr. John Judd, of this city.

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Peter Warwick
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Hamilton Evening Times (Hamilton, ON), April 4, 1859