Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Frontenac (Steamboat), 7 Sep 1816
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On Saturday the 7th of September, the Steam Boat FRONTENAC was launched at the village of Ernest Town. A numerous concourse of people assembled on the occasion. But in consequence of some accidental delay, and the appearance of an approaching shower, a part of the spectators withdrew before the launch actually took place. The boat moved slowly from her place, and descended with majestic sweep into her proper elenent.
The length of her keel is 150 feet; her deck, I73 feet. Her proportions strike the eye very agreeably; and good judges have pronounced this to be the best piece of naval architecure of the kind yet produced in America. It reflects honor upon Messers. Tiebour & Chapman, from New York, the contractors, and their workmen, and also upon the proprietors, the greater part of whom are among the most respectable merchants and other inhabitants of the County of Frontenac, fron which the name is derived. The machinery for this valuable boat was imported from England, and is said to be of an excellent structure. The FRONTENAC is designed for both freight and passengers. It is expected she will be finished and ready for use in a few weeks. SteaM navigation having succeeded to adniration on various rivers, the application of it to the waters of the Lakes is an interesting experiment. Every friend to public inprovement must wish it all the success, which is due to a spirit of useful enterprize.
      A Steam Boat was lately launched at Sacket's Harbor, the opposite side of this lake, which not long ago vied with each orther in the building of ships of war, seems now to be equally amulous of commercial superiority.
      Kingston Gazette
      September 14, 1816

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      A Steam Boat has been launched near Kingston, U. C., to ply upon the British side of Lake Ontario.
      Buffalo Gazette
      Tuesday, October 15, 1816

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The Steam-Boat FRONTENAC, left this port on Thursday morning last, on her first trip for the head of the lake.
      Kingaton Gazette
      June 7, 1817

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William R. McNeil
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Frontenac (Steamboat), 7 Sep 1816