The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Nov. 21, 1840

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p.2 Armed Steamcraft for the Lakes - A correspondent of the Cleveland Herald, writing from Chippewa, U.C. says:-

I have been permitted to visit Her Majesty's steamer building at this place. She is called the Minos, in honour of the first King of Crete, who, according to the heathen mythology, was after death promoted to the rank of chief fireman in the regions de l'Enfer!

She is 148 feet on deck, and registers 400 tons, and is built in every respect a "man of war." She is of great strength, her timbers being placed close together, and caulked and pitched before planking, so that in the event of starting a butt, she would not leak; a very desirable object in armed vessels. On the inside, parallel bars of iron are let into the timbers the entire length of the boat, and placed six or eight inches apart. This does not add materially to her strength, but renders her almost shot proof. Her planks are five inches and her sealing three inches thick, making her entire thickness about twenty-two inches of solid timbers.

She is fitted with two forty-five horse power low pressure beam engines from the manufactory of the Messrs. Ward, Montreal, which are placed entirely below deck, on the plan of the Atlantic steamers, and are beyond the reach of external injury; but they are in my opinion of too small calibre for so heavy a boat.

The engines are supported by iron frames resting upon large fore and aft timbers, placed on either side of the Keelson, which are securely bolted and fastened to the deck frame of the boat, and will, instead of weakening the boat, add greatly to her strength. The cylinders are 26" in diameter, with four feet and a half stroke, placed upright in the usual manner, but in place of one working beam to each engine playing above the cylinders, as is customary, they have two, reversed - one each side of the cylinder, and moving close to the door of the boat. The piston rods act upon a cross head, as in the common square engine, but the connecting rods instead of leading directly to the cranks, are fastened to one end of the working beams below, and through them transmit the power by means of other connecting rods, to another cross head, which is attached to the cranks; thus giving regular and continued motion to the entire machine. The grates and boilers are arranged expressly for burning bituminous coal, and her "bunkers" will contain from ten to twelve hundred bushels.

The magazine occupies all the after part of the hold, under the cabins of the officers, and is in as secure a place as there is about the ship, being below the reach of a shot, and out of the way of fire.

The Minos is schooner rigged, and shows a clean deck, fore and aft; and were it not for her funnel, and wheel houses, would look like a schooner, as she has no guards or upper works of any kind. She is expected to mount eight 18 pound carronades and two mortars for shells in case of a bombardment.

The part of the vessel forward of the engines is fitted as a mess room for the "People", and is a very comfortable place, having short tables for each mess projecting from the sides of the boat, and shelves and lockers in abundance for accommodation for their traps. The main hold is underneath the "People's" mess, and will contain abundant room for stores for a long cruise.

Abaft the engines is the mess room of the "middies" and junior officers, adjoining which are the state room of the first lieutenant and state room for the purser, and next to these the companion way, and sleeping room for the captain's steward. The balance of the after part of the boat is taken up by the captain's cabin, state rooms, etc. and would - I should suppose - afford ample accommodation for any one man in Her Majesty's navy, being about 25 feet long and the whole width of the boat. The officers' apartments are handsomely finished with black walnut, and are comfortably arranged; in fact the entire ship might serve as a model for economy of room, with all the convenience and comforts of a large 'line of battle ship.'

The Minos is to be commanded by Capt. Duffill, R.N.

More Trouble on the Frontier - a gang was planning to destroy steamer Gore at Rochester, but Captain was warned of plan. [Toronto Comm. Herald]

p.3 Geological Survey of Canada - mentions Capt. Bayfield's survey of River and Gulf.

The Weather - ice forming on Rideau Canal.

Song - "I'd Be A British Tar"

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Nov. 21, 1840