The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Oct. 8, 1836

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p.2 New Steamboats - We yesterday had the pleasure of examining the De Witt Clinton, a new steamboat, just arrived in our waters, from Huron, where she was built. She is constructed on the plan of the Robert Fulton, the first steam freight boat on these Lakes, with round stern, combining great strength with the requisite model for speed. Her tonnage is 450 tons - and will carry 3000 barrels bulk - dimensions 150 feet deck, 27 feet beam. She has a large steerage cabin, and is also fitted up in a superior style for cabin passengers, having fifty-four berths in the gentlemen's cabin, and 33 in the ladies', including state rooms.

New Steam Packet - We also strolled along the harbour, to where the new mammoth boat Buffalo, building at Carrick's ship yard, is in rapid progress. Her keel was laid six weeks since, and she is now in frame, so as to give an outline of her new and beautiful model - somewhat resembling that of the boats on Long Island Sound. Designed for great speed her sharp, wedge-like bows look truly novel in the eyes of our western ship builders; but she is constructed on the most approved plan for that object.

The Buffalo, when completed, will be a most splendid affair. She is exclusively for cabin passengers, and will be fitted up with some 200 berths, with ladies' cabin on deck, finished in state rooms, and connected with a spacious saloon. She will measure 615 tons - will be 191 feet on deck, by 28 1/2 feet beam, with 12 1/2 feet hold. Her engine will be one of great power, low pressure, made by Allaire New York, with 56 inch cylinder, and 9 feet stroke. It is expected she will make the trip between this port and Detroit in from 18 to 20 hours running time - through in 24 hours, including stoppages at regular ports.

This superior boat, - of which our city, whose name she bears, may be justly proud - is owned by a company of our own citizens, and will furnish what has long been a desideratum with the travelling world. She is modelled by Capt. Church, an experienced shipwright, and is building under his superintendence, by Mr. John Carrick, and is to be commanded by the well known Capt. Levi Allen.

The Great Britain - It is with extreme regret we have to announce, that while this noble vessel was on her route to Oswego on Wednesday last, during a heavy gale of wind, some where beyond the Ducks, she broke her shaft, and received some other damage in her machinery. She immediately returned to this harbor and proceeded to Prescott on Thursday.

This unlooked for accident is not only a loss to the enterprizing and respectable proprietor, but the laying up of the vessel at this season will be felt as a public misfortune.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Oct. 8, 1836