"Borodino" class armored ships by Vladimir V. Arbuzov

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38 Turner obviously had plans for the foundry. In the fall of 1818 he had expressed an interest in joining Lough's old associate, Thomas Mears, and other Ottawa River traders who had decided to build a steamboat. On 16 January 1819, only nine days after buying Lough's stock in trade, he formally joined a partnership to build the Ottawa. "39 The initial capital of the steamboat partnership was £2,000. Along with Mears and Turner, the stockholders were Donald Duff, Alexander Grant, Robert Grant, John Macdonell, and Hezekiah Wing.

Since her timbers were untouched, however, it was thought that she might be refitted quickly enough and at no great cost. Within a week, she was raised and taken down to Lachine. 28 At the end of the year, after all the celebrations and that one brush with disaster, her owners must have felt reasonably satisfied with her performance. Captain McMaster had reason to feel doubly contented. His creation had proved an improvement on the Ottawa: at least she would not be discarded after one year. 30 In this, as in all subsequent wood contracts, they stipulated that part of the wood was to be delivered at Lachine and part at the Cascades or Chateauguay; no more than in her schedules did the name of Point Fortune or any other Ottawa River location crop up.

22 Her owners ran her for almost two weeks before deciding on the frequency of her sailings. They waited another two weeks, until her machinery was well broken in, before pitting her against the rapids at the mouth of the Ottawa River on Friday, 6 July. Instead of tackling the Vaudreuil Rapids to the west of lie Perrot, as the Ottawa had tried to do, she went for the more direct route - twelve miles shorter - up the St Anne Rapids on the northeast side. 23 Some fifty passengers sailed on this triumphant journey.

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