The Saint George

Wishing to maintain an uninterrupted service, the owners of the General Smyth (after withdrawing her from service), devoted their efforts to the construction of a new steamboat.

In 1824, a new boat, the Saint George, was built in Portland, Saint John, by Owens and Lawton. Her length was 105.9 feet with a gross tonnage of 204. Her general appearance was quite similar to that of the General Smyth. There was about three feet of deck space between the cabins and the rail. These cabins were mostly below deck as they extended only about 3-1/2 feet above the deck. A short flight of stairs led down to each cabin. A partition extended the full length of each cabin, dividing it into Ladies' and Gentlemens' compartments with separate entrances. Each had a dining table at one end.

The machinery was brought from Scotland and installed by Robert Foulis, the inventor of the Steam Fog Whistle (Horn). Construction of the hull and installation of the boiler and machinery must have succeeded smoothly because on May 15, 1825, the Saint George sailed on her maiden voyage to Fredericton.

Initially, the Saint George left Indiantown at 7:00 am each Friday and from Fredericton at 7:00 am on Tuesday. By early in 1827, a number of complaints had been received concerning inadequate service. In July, the owners decided to inaugurate a service of two trips per week, leaving Indiantown each Wednesday and Saturday and returning on Thursday and Monday. This improvement in service seemed to develop more traffic because over the next few years a substantial increase in revenue occurred.

At the end of the season of navigation in 1832, the veteran Captain Segee, relinquished his command of the Saint George and was succeeded by Captain Robert Wiley. At the close of the navigation season in 1835, the Saint George was considered unfit for further passenger service and was permanently withdrawn.