Steamship Service

   The first steam vessel in Canadian waters was the Accommodation, which made her first trip between Montreal and Quebec in 1809. She was followed by the Swift Sure in 1811. The General Smyth made her first journey on the St. John River in 1816; and the Frontenac was the pioneer steamer on Lake Ontario, 1817. The first vessel to cross the Atlantic under steam was the Royal William, built at Quebec, 1830-1831, and crossed the Atlantic, 1833. The Unicorn, built by Samuel Cunard, sailed from Liverpool to Halifax in 1840. The Britannia followed the same year. The Allan Line began its career in 1852, the Dominion Line in 1870, the Canadian Pacific Steamship Line in 1859, and the Canadian Northern in 1910.
   Index: H Ocean service advocated by Joseph Howe, 232-234; established by Samuel Cunard, 234. See also Allan; Cunard; Molson; Accommodation; Royal William.
   Bib.: Johnson, First Things in Canada.

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