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  • “A Revolution in Travelling”: The Steamboat Letters of the Torrance family, 1831-1848
    Fisher, Rob, The Northern Mariner / Le marin du nord (St. John's, NL), Oct 2011, 359-376     The Torrance family's correspondence in the collection of papers by Robert M. Powell and his family at Library and Archives Canada must be recognized for his discussion of the steamboats of the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes in the 1830s and 1840s. This recently discovered cache of letters ...
    Fisher, Rob, The Northern Mariner / Le marin du nord (St. John's, NL), Oct 2011, 359-376   The Torrance family's correspondence in the collection of papers by Robert M. ...
  • Winter Life of Canal Boatmen
    Evening Recorder (Amsterdam, NY), 27 Dec 1911     Winter Life of Canal Boatmen Hundreds of Navigators of the Line Live in New York During the Closed Season - Curious Facts About the Industry. A few days after the canals tributary to this port are closed for the season hundreds of owners of canal boars ...
    Evening Recorder (Amsterdam, NY), 27 Dec 1911   Winter Life of Canal Boatmen Hundreds of Navigators of the Line Live ...
  • Nooya (1910)
        Other Names: Minnie W.; Official No.: 133698; Previous Registration: U.S.A. (1912) as Minnie W. 71x14x6 Owned by R. P. Butchart, Victoria.
      Other Names: Minnie W.; Official No.: 133698; Previous Registration: U.S.A. (1912) as ...
  • Richard Doane (1863)
        Official No.: 72286; Previous Registration: U.S.A. (1877) 69x18x8 Owned by A. McDermott, Saint John 1877; P. S. McManus, Dorchester N. B. 1886. Tug.
      Official No.: 72286; Previous Registration: U.S.A. (1877) 69x18x8 Owned by A. McDermott, ...
  • Mayita (1899)
        Official No.: 138270; Previous Registration: U.S.A. (1917) 118x16x9 Owned by A. Mackay Co., Quebec 1921; J. A. Fafard, Quebec 1928. Ferry.
      Official No.: 138270; Previous Registration: U.S.A. (1917) 118x16x9 Owned by A. Mackay ...
  • Marion (1876)
        Official No.: 85657; Previous Registration: U.S.A. (1883) 142x27x8 Owned by Bras d'Or Steamboat Co Licensed for 250 passengers 1886, 400 passengers 1914. Destroyed by fire 31/10/22 Whycocomagh N. S. ; Final Location: Whycocomaugh, Nova Scotia, Canada, Burnt
      Official No.: 85657; Previous Registration: U.S.A. (1883) 142x27x8 Owned by Bras d'Or ...
  • Lasata (1905)
        Official No.: 107427; Previous Registration: U.S.A. (1909) 82x15x7 Owned by A. C. Hardy, Brockville Ont.
      Official No.: 107427; Previous Registration: U.S.A. (1909) 82x15x7 Owned by A. C. ...
  • Brooklyn (1836)
        Previous Registration: U.S.A. (1853) 150x22x8 Owned by Cudlip & Snyder, Saint John N. B. Towboat.
      Previous Registration: U.S.A. (1853) 150x22x8 Owned by Cudlip & Snyder, Saint John ...
  • Wilson G. Hunt (1849)
        Official No.: 72676; Previous Registration: U.S.A. (1878) 186x26x6 Owned by Canadian Pacific Navigation Co. Built by Collyer, New York 1849. Engine 36x108 (maker unknown). Used Victoria-New Westminster 1858-61 and again from 1877. Brought around to California via Cape Horn in 1850 in voyage lasting 322 days including delays at Bermuda ...
      Official No.: 72676; Previous Registration: U.S.A. (1878) 186x26x6 Owned by Canadian Pacific ...
  • Design and model of the new steamer America, for the western lakes
        Design and model of the new steamer America, for the western lakes To be built and run between Buffalo and Cleveland Invented, Designed and Drawn by Darius Davison, New York. Length of Keel 325 ft. Length on Deck 250 " Breadth of Beam 40 " Extreme Width 70 ft. Disarm ...
      Design and model of the new steamer America, for the western lakes ...
  • Gales, Disasters, &c.
    Shipping and Commercial List and New-York Price Current (New York, NY), 5 Apr 1851, p. 3     Later reported as the Portuguese schooner Robeiro from Lisbon...
    Shipping and Commercial List and New-York Price Current (New York, NY), 5 Apr 1851, p. 3   Later reported as the Portuguese schooner Robeiro from Lisbon...
  • Steam Line between Boston and New York
    Boston Herald, 2 Jul 1851, p. 4     Steam Line between Boston and New York. Steam propeller Ontario, Kittredge, of about 350 tons burthen, arrived at this port on Monday from New York, the pioneer of a line for the conveyance of freight, to consist of three vessels. Sprague & Soule, of this city are the agents ...
    Boston Herald, 2 Jul 1851, p. 4   Steam Line between Boston and New York. Steam propeller Ontario, Kittredge, of ...
  • Extraordinary Voyage
    Alexandria Gazette (Alexandria, VA), 24 Jun 1850, p. 3     Extraordinary Voyage. The propeller Ontario, Averel, arrived at this port on Sunday, from Rochester, via the St. Lawrence, being the first arrival of a merchant vessel from a port on Lake Ontario. She was built at Rochester, on the Genesee River in 1846, was strengthened for sea ...
    Alexandria Gazette (Alexandria, VA), 24 Jun 1850, p. 3   Extraordinary Voyage. The propeller Ontario, Averel, arrived at this port on Sunday, ...
  • Quick Trip
    Cleveland Herald (Cleveland, OH), 3 Jul 1850, p. 1, column 7     Quick Trip The Propeller Ontario made the passage from Montreal to Quebec [sic: probably meant New York] in twelve days.--She took on board at Erie, some 300 tons of coal, and had 100 tons remaining on her arrival at New york. We understand her owner intends to take the Propeller ...
    Cleveland Herald (Cleveland, OH), 3 Jul 1850, p. 1, column 7   Quick Trip The Propeller Ontario made the passage from Montreal to Quebec ...
  • Lake Propeller for Chagres
    Cleveland Herald (Cleveland, OH), 11 Dec 1850, p. 1, column 3     Lake Propeller for Chagres The Propeller Ontario which left the lakes in May having made one trip to Charleston S. C., returned to New York for new boilers and outfit and cleared on the 2d inst. for Chagres.-- The time is coming when lake built vessels will be numerous on ...
    Cleveland Herald (Cleveland, OH), 11 Dec 1850, p. 1, column 3   Lake Propeller for Chagres The Propeller Ontario which left the lakes in ...
  • Down the River in High Company: Schooner Days MCXII (1112) Happier Bride's Diary - 14
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 4 Jul 1953     Down the River in High Company Schooner Days MCXII (1112) Happier Bride's Diary - 14 By C.H.J. Snider SOMETIMES it took these "fast sailing packet sloops" of a century and a half ago a week to beat up the Hudson River from New York to Albany ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 4 Jul 1953   Down the River in High Company Schooner Days MCXII (1112) Happier Bride's ...
  • Home Again After Five Years: Schooner Days MXCIII (1113) Happier Brides’ Diary - 15
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 11 Jul 1953     Home Again After Five Years Schooner Days MXCIII (1113) Happier Brides' Diary - 15 By C.H.J. Snider AT LONG LAST Anne Smith MacDonell, bride of the High Sheriff of the Home District of Upper Canada, did reach New York. It was on June 23, ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 11 Jul 1953   Home Again After Five Years Schooner Days MXCIII (1113) Happier Brides' Diary ...
  • Shopping in New York: Schooner Days MCXVIII (1118) Happier Bride’s Diary - 17
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 15 Aug 1953     Toronto Telegram, Aug 15, 1953 Shopping in New York Schooner Days MCXVIII (1118) Happier Bride's Diary - 17 By C.H.J. Snider Of course Mrs. Anne Smith MacDonell of Toronto, went shopping in New York, in 1805. Didn't you, madam, in 1953? To your ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 15 Aug 1953   Toronto Telegram, Aug 15, 1953 Shopping in New York Schooner Days MCXVIII ...
  • Improper Place for Ladies", 1805: Schooner Days MCXIX (1119) Happier Bride's Diary — 18
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 22 Aug 1953     Improper Place for Ladies", 1805 Schooner Days MCXIX (1119) Happier Bride's Diary--18 By C.H.J. Snider ANNE MACDONELL'S diary of 1805, recounting her visit to New York from Toronto, makes her a living, laughing, theatre-going acquaintance even in ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 22 Aug 1953   Improper Place for Ladies", 1805 Schooner Days MCXIX (1119) Happier Bride's Diary--18 ...
  • Night Spots in N.Y. 'Fore Steam Whistles: Schooner Days MCXVI (1116) Happier Brides' Diary - 16
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 25 Jul 1953     Night Spots in N.Y. 'Fore Steam Whistles Schooner Days MCXVI (1116) Happier Brides' Diary - 16 By C.H.J. Snider NEW YORK directory of 1813 (almost as precious as Ann Smith MacDonell's diary) has 17,700 names and addresses, so there were perhaps ...
    Snider, C. H. J., Toronto Telegram (Toronto, ON), 25 Jul 1953   Night Spots in N.Y. 'Fore Steam Whistles Schooner Days MCXVI (1116) Happier ...
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