The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Aug 1867

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p.2 Imports - 6.

-ad - Moonlight Excursion - on str. Watertown.


The new propeller Acadia, a very handsome boat recently built at Hamilton, passed up on Sunday afternoon on her return from Montreal on her first trip. As she is a peculiarly built vessel, a description of her becomes interesting:-

The Acadia, built on the composite principle, is the first craft of that description ever put together on this side of the Atlantic. The peculiarity consists in the frame of the hull being constructed of iron, planked and lined with oak as with ordinary wooden vessels. The advantages claimed are great durability and strength, increased capacity, and the facility with which any defect in the hull may be repaired by the removal of decayed or injured plank, the frame itself not being liable to decay, and calculated to remain strong and firm for an indefinite period, if subjected to no severer test than the ordinary wear of navigation. The dimensions of the Acadia are: total length, 144 feet; breadth of beam, 26 ft 3 in., depth of hold, 11 ft. Such is the strength and excellence of her construction throughout, that she has been registered to rank as A.1 for fourteen years. Her freight capacity considerably exceeds that of ordinary wooden vessels of her class, and is equal to 1,500 bbls. of flour, which she will be able to carry through the St. Lawrence canals to Montreal. She is also designed as a passenger boat as well, and is provided with a full length upper saloon, divided by folding doors, with staterooms on either side, the whole finished and fitted up in most luxurious style. Her accommodations are for about thirty first-class passengers. She is insured one and a half per cent less than vessels built on the ordinary plan. The Acadia is owned by her chief officers, Capt. John Malcolmson, and George Malcolmson, Esq., purser and general business manager. The 1st Engineer is Mr. Samuel Malcolmson, and the second officer, Mr. John Scott, of Kingston.

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Aug 1867