Built-in 1834, THOMAS McKAY had a very short career. It was supposed to be launched on May 31, 1834, but got stuck on the way. It finally began service on April 2. It was known to be comfortable but very plain in build, according to the Kingston Whig. THOMAS McKAY was frozen in at Bytown (Ottawa) by an early winter storm in November 1834. It later hit a stump and sank on October 21, 1835, along the Rideau Canal near Merrickville. THOMAS McKAY’s engine was later used in the building of the Cataraqui.
RIDEAU CANAL. — Mr. Drummond’s steam-boats, the RIDEAU and the MARGARET, are fitted up, to be in readiness on the opening of the Canal. Their enterprising proprietor will, we hope, reap an abundant reward for his exertions.
A new boat, built by Messrs. Parker, Valentine, and Bennett, and intended for the Rideau, was launched this week and called the THOMAS McKAY. This vessel is 105 feet long; 28 feet 6 inches extreme breadth; 6 feet and 9 inches depth of hold, and will be worked by an engine of 25 horsepower. There are 20 berths in the gentleman’s cabin, and 12 in the ladies, and both cabins are to be fitted up in a superior style for the accommodation of passengers. A promenade deck extends forward and aft over the boat. She draws 2 feet 6 inches aft, and 16 inches forward.
The ENTERPRISE, belonging to Perth, which was fitted up in our harbor last year, will also, no doubt, take her place on the line of the Canal. — Kingston Chronicle
Wednesday, April 9, 1834