Near Bath in Lennox & Addington Counties, Ontario — Central Canada
The First Steamship on Lake Ontario
Le Premier Vapeur du Lac Ontario
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.
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.
Erected 1924 by Historic Sites and
Location. 44° 10.238′ N, 76° 47.433′ W. Marker is near Bath, Ontario, in Lennox & Addington Counties. Marker is on Loyalist Parkway (Bath Road) (Provincial Highway 33), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 697 Loyalist Parkway, Bath, Ontario K0H, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 6 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Early Latter-day Saints in Upper Canada (a few steps from this marker); Escape of the Royal George 1812 (approx. 5.9 kilometers away).
More about this marker. Bath is town located in the township of Loyalist.
Categories. • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 24, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 176 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 24, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.