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The First Steamship on Lake Ontario

First Steamship on Lake Ontario

Photos by Alan L Brown - Posted May, 2009

First Steamship on Lake Ontario

Plaque Location

The County of Lennox & Addington
The Township of Loyalist
In Bath, at the roadside in Finkle's Shore Park
2 km west of Road 7
on the south side of Highway 33, street number 697

Coordinates: N 44 10.066 W 76 47.516


Plaque Text

In the early 1800's Kingston was a shipbuilding centre of note. The FRONTENAC, the first steamship to navigate Lake Ontario, was built here at Finkle's Point, Ernestown (now Bath), and launched September 7, 1816. Designed to carry freight and passengers, it was a boon to travellers, greatly reducing the difficulties and the cost of travel between Kingston and York (now Toronto). More sophisticated ships soon rendered the FRONTENAC obsolete and it was sold in 1825. Two years later it burned and sank in the Niagara River, but passenger steamships plied the lake for many years until rail and road travel became more effective.

Related Ontario plaques
Magnetawan River Steam Navigation
Steamboating in Muskoka 1866-1959
Steamboating on Lake Simcoe
Steamboating on the Upper Ottawa


Other Plaques in Bath
The Founding of Bath
Bath Academy 1811
The Reverend John Langhorn, 1744-1817
The Hawley House

Loyalist Plaques

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