Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Commodore Barrie (Steamboat), 9 May 1934
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Captain Gildersleeve's new steam boat was launched yesterday afternoon, and now sits on the element whose bosom she adorns, as beautiful a specimen of marine architecture as ever came from a building yard on Lake Ontario, reflecting great credit on the enterprise and taste of all parties concerned. We were pleased at the current rumour that this fine ornament to our inland waters was to be called the CATARAQUI, the aboriginal name of Kingston; yet we are equally pleased when we heard that her baptismal rites, the name of a gallant and much esteemed public officer was to be perpetuated among us, - that of COMMODORE BARRIE. The new vessel is to be worked by an engine of 70 horse power, and is expected to be ready about the first of July. Success to the COMMODORE BARRIE !
      Chronicle and Gazette, Kingston
      May 10, 1834

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      Rochester, Sept. 15.
      LAKE NAVIGATION - ANOTHER STEAM PACKET. - The importance of multiplying the facilities for intercourse between the British and American shores of Lake Ontario, appears to be fully appreciated by our Canadian neighbors. The British Steamer COMMODORE BARRIE, has been added to the packets plying between the Canadian ports (from Toronto to Kingston, inclusive,) and the city of Rochester. The boat is of good size, well furnished, propelled by two engines, and commanded by Capt. Sinclair, one of the oldest navigators on Lake Ontario, having spent Thirty-three years in the service. Two trips have already been made, and the arrangement will probably be for making the circuit of the route twice a week - touching at Rochester probably on Wednesday and Saturday, though her regular days are not yet designated. - Democrat.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Wednesday, September 16, 1835 p.2, c.3

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Commodore Barrie (Steamboat), 9 May 1934