Typical – Kingston Whig Standard Ad
  • Sidewheeler
  • 10 – 30ffw
  • 172ft Length
  • Garden Island

Chronological History #

1848 1 Jun Launched
1849 Ran on Canada Mail Line servicing Montreal PQ & Kingston ON
1852 Owned John Hamilton, Kingston, ran Hamilton – Montreal, callingat Toronto, Queenston, Lewiston & Cape Vincent.
1856 Oct Sunk Gallops Rapids St. Lawrence River; raised & repaired.
1858 Nov Broke shaft, Lake Ontario.
1859 Repaired.
1860 439 tons; ran Kingston – Prescott, ONT.
1862 Rebuilt by George N. Ault at Portsmouth, ONT; 171.6 x 23 x 9′, 262 tons; owned O. Lynch, Beauharnois Navigation Co.
1862 Jul 24 Collision with PASSPORT near Kingston.
1862 Aug 16 Aground Lachine Rapids.
1863 432 tons.
1864 Renamed EMPRESS; ran Toronto – Niagara, replacing ZIMMERMAN.
1864 Jul Ran Cobourg – Rochester – Wellington – Port Hope.
1864 Aug 6 Cabin damaged in collision with BANSHEE 10 miles above Duck Islands; repaired Kingston, ONT.
1865 Apr 11 Owned Owen Lynch, Beauharnais & C.B. Dewitt; ran St. Lawrence River.
1868 Mar 18 Burned, Kingston
1870 Oct 10 Raised Towed and scuttled at Garden Island

Buffalo Commercial Advertiser March 28, 1868 3-3 #

The steamer EMPRESS, which was burned at Kingston, on the 18th. was a vessel of 432 tons burden. She was built at Kingston in 1848, by George Thurston, and was formerly known as the NEW ERA. Her value was about $15,000. She was a river steamer.      

Register of the Ships of the Lakes and River St. Lawrence for I864 #

Steamer EMPRESS, Canadian steamer of 432 tons. Built Kingston in 1848 by George Thurston. Owned by O.S. Gildersleeve. Home port, Kingston. Value $17,000. Class B. – REMARKS – River Boat. Formerly the NEW ERA. Repaired in 1859      

Provisional List of Canadian Steamships 1809 to 1930 — World Ship Society #

  NEW ERA steamer Built Kingston 1849, name changed to EMPRESS 1864. Rebuilt Portsmouth 1862. 172 x 23 x 9. Burnt Kingston 1868.      

Daily News, Kingston May 26, 1868 #

Wreck Of The Steamer Empress:– The hull, engines, boilers, anchors, chains, etc. of the steamer EMPRESS, burnt last winter, were sold at auction today by Mr. J.J. Linton, and realized $1,167.50.      

Toronto Globe October 10, 1870 #

 The hull of the old steamer EMPRESS was floated and will be taken to Garden Island. She was damaged by fire.      

Port of Kingston Register Number 111 #

Name …………………… EMPRESS ex NEW ERA
Type …………………… Steamboat
Tonnage……………….. 262 tons.
Where Built………….. Portsmouth
When built …………… 1862
Builders name & date of Certificate:- George Ault, May 26, 1862       Length………………….171 feet & 6/1Oths.      
Breadth………………… 23 feet      
Depth of hold………….. 9 feet      
Masts……………… One      
Decks……………… Two      
Stern ……………… Round
How rigged………. Not. Carvel-built
Bowsprit………….. Without
Figure-head……… None
Present master… Alexander Cameron
Engine-room…… 53 feet & 8/1Oths. length and 120 tons.powered with steam with paddle-wheels.
Subscribing Owners:- O. S. Gildersleeve sole owner, sold to Owen Lynch and Charles DeWitt, dated April 11, I865

From the Collection of: C. Patrick Labadie #

NEW ERA (1849, Steamer) Also known as EMPRESS 1849
CONSTRUCTION AND OWNERSHIP #
Built at: Kingston, ONT
Vessel Type: Steamer
Hull Materials: Wood
Number of Decks: 2
Builder Name: George Thurston
Original Owner and Location: O.S. Gildersleeve, Kingston
POWER #

Number of Masts: 1
Propulsion: Sidewheel
Engine Type: Vertical Beam (Walking Beam) # Cylinders: 1
Propulsion Notes:
44 x 120″ engine. 28′ sidewheels.

DIMENSIONS #
Length: 172′ Beam: 23′ Depth: 9′ Tonnage (gross): 263
Final Location
Garden Island Ontario. Lake Ontario.Date: 18 Mar 1868
Burned while laid up.
1870 Oct 10 Re floated & removed to Garden Island by D. Calvin

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