The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), October, 18, 1895

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The contract placed by the Niagara Navigation Co. with the Bertram Engine Works, Toronto, is for a steamer of the side wheel passenger boat type, having three decks, and only intended for day service. The steamer will be 272 feet over all, 260 feet on the water line, 32 feet beam, 59 feet 2 inches over guards and 12 feet 6 inches molded depth. The hull is to be built of steel throughout, the engines are compound condensing, of the inclined type, with cylinders 45 inches and 85 inches by 5 feet 6 inches stroke, turning paddle wheels 22 feet diameter. The boilers are six in number, of the gun-boat type, each boiler 8 feet diameter by 16 feet long, having two furnaces 37 inches diameter. There will be two fire holds, three boilers to each fire hold, and two smoke stacks. The deck arrangements and the cabins have been laid out by the designer to suit the particular business for which the steamer is built, that is to ply as a day boat between Toronto, Niagara and Lewiston (N.Y.). The designs for the steamer, submitted by the Bertram Engine Works Co. and approved by the Niagara Navigation Co., are by A. Angstrom, engineer and naval architect, the general manager of the Bertram Co. It will be remembered that Mr. Angstrom has had considerable experience with designs for the best type of steamers of this class while engaged with the Fall River Line of Boston, Mass. on designs for the magnificent steamer Puritan and Plymouth. The Bertram Co. has also contracts for two side-wheel steamers 130 feet long by 20 feet beam, for the Upper Ottawa Improvement Co., to be used for lumber towing on the Upper Ottawa river.

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The two Ottawa steamboats were the E. H. BRONSON (C. 103445) and HAMILTON (C. 103842). BRONSON was rebuilt as a barge in 1917 and HAMILTON converted to propeller in 1921. Andre E. Lamirande and Gilles L. Seguin, _A Foregone Fleet: A Pictorial History of Steam-Driven Paddleboats on the Ottawa River_ has pictures of them on pp. 125 and 131. The details on the engines are documented in the Mills List at
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October, 18, 1895
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Dave Swayze
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), October, 18, 1895