Chapter 257
The Rochester Route -1889-'93

Table of Contents

Title Page
203 The Island Lighthouse.
204 Two Western Piers.
227 The Island in the Forties.
236 Front Street of Old.
237 Canadian Lake Navigation
238 1766 to 1809.
239 Six Eventful Years, 1809-15
240 A New Era, 1816 to 1819
241 A Progressive Enterprise, 1819 to 1837.
242 The Rebellion of 1837-38
243 Complaining Travellers
244 The Trade of the Lake Still Continues to Expand
245 The Royal Mail Line, 1840 TO 57
246 Storms and Shipwrecks -- Great Destruction of Life and Property -- The Commercial Distress in 1857.
247 Gloomy Anticipations for the Spring Trade
248 The Niagara Steamers, 1874-78.
249 Niagara Falls Line - 1883 to 1893.
250 Hamilton Steamboat Co. '87-'93
251 The General History of the Lake Shipping Continued
252 New Steamers
253 Lorne And Victoria Parks.
254 Toronto Ferry Co. 1890-93.
255 Royal Canadian Yacht Club.
256 Canadian Pacific Steamers.
257 The Rochester Route -1889-'93
258 The Ottawa Steamers, 1864-93
259 The R. & O. Company.
260 Tabulated Statements of Various Vessels from 1678 to the Present Time.
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The Steamship Carmona -- Her Previous History--Appropriately Named.

The Carmona is a double-decked sidewheel steamer of 590 tons capacity. Her length is 175 x 45 x 11.6.

She was originally known as the Manitoba, and was built at Thorold in 1871 by Melancthon Simpson, who, like his brother John, was a well-known shipbuilder.

She first formed one of the well-known Beatty Line, running from Sarnia on the Upper Lakes. Afterwards her name was changed to Carmona, and in conjunction with the Cambria formed a local line from Owen Sound to the Sault Ste. Marie in connection with the C. P. R.

In the autumn of 1890 the Carmona was transferred to Toronto and in the following season, that of 1891, she ran to Lorne and Grimsby Parks.

In 1892 and 1893 she ran from Toronto to Rochester daily, making occasional trips with excursionists to the Thousand Isles. Her commander is Captain William Parkinson. She was previously under Captains Black and La France and her principal engineer is the well-known Frank White.

The boat is famous for the regularity of her journeys and for the attention that is paid by those on board of her to all who travel by her means from Toronto to Rochester.

She is elegantly fitted throughout, lighted with electricity, and the attractions she offers are greatly appreciated by the travelling public.

A few words as to her name will probably be of some interest. Carmona is a town in Spain in the Province of Seville, and was even so far back as the time of the Romans, noted for its beauty, and was, owing to the excellence of its arrangements, a favorite place of residence. Well, as the ancient Carmona was, through its beauties, favored by its patrons so is the steamer of the same name on the Canadian lakes, and for similar reasons.

The offices of this popular steamship are at 9 Front street east, Toronto. She is owned by the Canada Lake Superior Transit Company.


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