The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), Nov. 11, 1846

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p.2 The Launch of the First Iron Steamer - On Thursday afternoon, at three o'clock, this beautiful specimen of naval architecture was launched, as was advertised, from the yard of the Marine Railway, of this city. She is the property of the Hon. John Hamilton. She glided into the water in fine style, and seated herself in the element for which she is designed, with the gracefulness and dignity of the majestic swan. It was admitted by all the best judges, that a more perfect model, was never launched. She is adapted for either the River St. Lawrence or the Lake, and is, probably, destined for both. She is 180 feet long and 26 feet beam; on being launched, she drew aft only 2 feet 6 inches, and forward less than 2 feet; she is to be furnished with two horizontal engines of 40 horsepower each; and when she has on board all her fittings and passengers, she will not draw more than 3 feet 6 inches to four feet water - a draft exactly suited to our rapids and canals. She will, it is fully expected, be the swiftest boat on our water. She will be commanded by Captain Bowen, so favorably known as having, some time since, commanded the Gildersleeve, and now having charge of the Canada. She is named the Passport, rather an unusual name, but we entertain no doubt she will prove a speedy and safe passport to many thousands of travellers. [Kingston Chronicle]

Kingston Chronicle & Gazette, Nov. 11, 1846


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Montreal Gazette (Montreal, QC), Nov. 11, 1846