The First Steamship on Lake Ontario

The First Steamship on Lake Ontario (HM1KQ6)

Location: , Ontario Lennox and Addington County
Country: Canada
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N 44° 10.238', W 76° 47.433'

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Le Premier Vapeur du Lac Ontario

English: 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.
French: Le FRONTENAC, premier navire à vapeur sur le lac Ontario, fut construit ici, à la pointe Finkle, et fut lancée le 7 septembre 1816. Conçu pour transporter marchandises et passagers, il réduisit grandement les difficultés et les frais de déplacement entre Kingston et York (maintenant Toronto). L'arrivée de navires plus perfectionnes le rendit désuet et il fut vendu en 1825. Deux and plus tard le navire brûla et coula dans la rivière Niagara. Les vapeurs pour passagers naviguèrent sur le lac pendant de nombreuses années encore, pour enfin être remplacés par les réseaux ferroviaires et routiers.
HM NumberHM1KQ6
Year Placed1924
Placed ByHistoric Sites and Monument Board of Canada/Commission de lieux et monuments historique du Canada
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Date Added Sunday, May 24th, 2015 at 6:05pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 356855 N 4892383
Decimal Degrees44.17063333, -76.79055000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 10.238', W 76° 47.433'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 10' 14.28" N, 76° 47' 25.98" W
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near 638 Main St, Ontario , CA
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