Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Ontario (Steamboat), 1 Aug 1816
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      We learn with pleasure, that Charles Smyth, of Albany, and his associates, have completed a Steam Boat on Lake Ontario, of rising 200 burthen. We earnestly desire that the enterprise of these gentlemen may be rewarded, in the attention which the public will pay to their establishment. The arrangement of running the boat we have not learnt.
      Buffalo Gazette & Niagara Intelligencer
      Tuesday, August 6, 1816

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The Buffalo papers mention that a Steam Boat of 200 tons has been launched upon the waters of Lake Ontario, belonging to a Mr. Charles Smith and associates of Albany. It is stated that the New York legislature refused to grant an act of incorporation to the builders, upon the principle, that it would have a tendency to facilitate the commnication of business down the St. Lawrence.
      Kingston Gazette
      August 31, 1816

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A Steam Boat will commence running this spring from Ogdensburgh to Niagara and Lewiston, touching at Sackett's Harbor, Oswego, Pultneyville, Genesee River.
      Buffalo Gazette
      Tuesday, April 1817

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      The Steam Boat ONTARIO on Wednesday last, left this port for the first time, in order to try the force of her machinery. A number of gentlemen, ambitious to be the first that ever navigated the waters of Lake Ontario in a Steam Boat, embarked on board. She started from the wharf accompanied by an excellent band of music, greeted by the huzzas from the people on the adjacent shores and the U. S. S. Brig JONES.
      The novelty of the ------- ? ------- together a large crowd ------- ? ------- curiosity was amply -------- ? ------- speed exhibited, full ------ ? ------ of many, to any of the North River boats.
      The accommodations on board are excellent, as no pains or expense has been spared by her owners, in her construction or equipments. The facility with which the lake can now be navigated, will add new inducements to its commerce and that of the River St. Lawrence. Travellers whose curiosity may lead them to nature's grandest scene, the Falls of Niagara, will, we are convinced, hereafter --?-- the route to Sackett's Harbor, and then proceed in the Steam Boat. ----- Sacket's Harbor Gazette.
      Buffalo Gazette
      Tuesday, May 20, 1817

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      The steamboat ONTARIO, built at Sackett's Harbour in 1816, was 110 feet long, 24 feet beam and 8 feet 6 inches depth of hold, measuring about 240 tons. She had a low pressure beam engine of four feet stroke with a 34 inch cylinder, was rigged as a fore-an-aft schooner and was the first steamboat launched on waters subject to heavy seas. Her first trip was in 1817, commanded by Captain Francis Mallaby, of the U. S. Navy.
      Daily British Whig, Kingston
      August 5, 1890

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Ontario (Steamboat), 1 Aug 1816