The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Aug. 29, 1840

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p.3 The Ontario steamboat, which we lately announced as having been purchased by Messrs. Tate, Brothers, got up her steam for a short pleasure trip on Tuesday afternoon. Curiousity to know how far so large a vessel could be efficiently propelled by so small a power, and that all applied on one side, induced us to accept the invitation of the owners, though the weather was unfavourable. At 7 minutes to 4 o'clock exactly, we were abreast of the new Military Hospital in Montreal - at 15 minutes past 4 o'clock we were abreast of Long Point Church, a distance of full six miles - thus running down, with only a fifty horse power, and this of course much diminished by the necessary counteraction in steering, at the rate of sixteen miles and something more than one third, per hour. In coming up, we were abreast Long Point Church exactly at half-past 4 - and had passed the Princess Victoria's wharf at 10 minutes past 5 - a distance of full six miles and a half. She came boldly up the very centre of the current, & mounted the whole distance against the stream at the rate of nine miles and three quarters per hour.

Query - What will the Ontario do when the other engine is repaired? Even the St. Lawrence Company cannot guess this!

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Rick Neilson
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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Aug. 29, 1840