Three-masted schooner rigged trans-atlantic paddle-steamer built of wood by Messrs Black and Campbell, Quebec, to the plans of James Goudie. Her dimensions were 160'×44'×17'75, and tonnage 1370 GRT and 363 tons burthen.
The keel was laid at Cape Cove.
1831 April 27
1833 August 18
Left Pictou harbour, Noca Scotia, and reached Gravesend, September 12, after 25 days under sail and steam. Her master was Captain John McDougall.
Sold to the Spanish Navy and converted to a warship and renamed Isabella Segunda.
When at Bordeaux for repairs she was found to be rotten and was converted into a hulk.
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